CERTIFIED HORSEMANSHIP ASSOCIATION

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“CHA changes lives through safe experiences with horses.”

CHA’s mission is to promote excellence in safety and education for the benefit of the entire horse industry. This is accomplished by certifying instructors, accrediting equine facilities, holding educational conferences and publishing educational resources including horsemanship manuals, webinars, safety video shorts, DVDs, a monthly radio show, weekly blog, and posters.  CHA is a 501(c) 3 non-profit association. CHA offers riding instructor certification clinics for instructors, barn managers and others; to date CHA has certified over 20,000 instructors, barn managers and trail guides.

CHA offers four levels of instructor certification in both English and Western disciplines, ranging from assistant instructor to CHA clinician. THE CHA certification process involves evaluation by two CHA Certified Clinicians in a 5 day certification clinic held at approved CHA Program Member host site facilities. CHA certification clinics involve teaching at least four practice lessons, a riding evaluation, a written test and participation in workshops. Certification is awarded at the end of the clinic and the level of certification attained) is the sole discretion of the two CHA Clinicians conducting the clinic. Certification is valid for three years from the certification date. CHA instructors must maintain annual individual membership; they may recertify at the end of the three-year certification period by providing documentation of work within the industry and at least 25 hours of continuing education.

Jochen Schleese teaches principles of saddle fit to horse and rider as a guest clinician at annual CHA Conferences. Saddlefit 4 Life® curricula and certification programs are CHA accredited continuing education.

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Jochen saved my horse - even the vet school couldn’t provide an explanation of his symptoms. Understanding how the horse dictates saddle fit added a whole new dimension to my practice and helped countless clients and their horses. Passion for true horsemanship brings us all together. Thank you to Jochen Schleese.  Jochen saved my horse’s career, and in doing so, shaped mine.  Even the vet school couldn’t provide an explanation of his symptoms. Understanding how the horse dictates saddle fit added a whole new dimension to my practice and helped countless clients and their horses.   The saddle fitting material in my book “Recognizing the Horse in Pain and What You Can Do About It” is largely due to your years of experience and passion for teaching. Passion for true horsemanship brings us all together.” My post-graduation experience of seeing numerous records filled with refills for steroids and antibiotics or frequent, needless joint injections soon left me desperately searching for a better way to practice. The ensuing experience (meeting with Certified Master Saddler Jochen Schleese) changed my life, and subsequently changed the lives of the horses I’ve been able to work with. When I met Jochen Schleese, the founder of Saddlefit 4 Life® and listened to his in-depth explanation of how saddle fit affects the horse, I had a revelation. Here was someone who could put all the pieces together for me with compassionate understanding for the horse. I will admit, when I understood how much pain I had caused my horse, and how he had continued to try to do his job for me in the face of that pain, I cried uncontrollably. Now I was armed with something different in making the decision – the knowledge of my horse’s anatomy, how it dictated proper saddle fit...and an option to correct his problems and continue to enjoy riding my horse knowing he is free of pain.”   Recognizing the Horse in Pain and What You Can Do About it - Video Icon for Website How to Use Thermography

— Joanna Robson DVM, CVSMT, CMP, CVA and Owner of Inspiritus Equine

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