Davi Carrano

 

Davi Carrano from Brazil met Jochen Schleese at the World Equestrian Games in Lexington KY in 2010, together with Dr. Solange Mikail, DVM. Together they were so completely impressed by what Jochen had to say about saddle fit for horse and rider, that they worked together to get Jochen invited to Sao Paulo a year later to lecture as a guest presenter to the veterinary congress being held there Sept. 2011.

Sao Paulo is a city of approximately 19 million people in its metropolitan area, with 21 veterinary universities in the entire country. (Canada has 5 with a total population of approx. 32 million).

Davi is the head trainer for the Lusitano association at the Manege Santa Adelaide in Cotia – just outside of Sao Paulo – and has been a gracious host for all of Jochen’s visits to Brazil. Davi himself has a degree in Zoology, and was instrumental in the design of our popular “Obrigado” saddle. The name means “thank you” in Portuguese – which is the official language of Brazil and is what Davi said he thought his horses were saying when they were under saddle. Jochen was lucky enough to be able to ride while visiting and get some private lessons from Davi.

Davi together with Dr. Mikail has worked to establish the Saddlefit 4 Life® South American Headquarters in Sao Paulo, where Jochen works with another veterinarian, Dr. Luciana Kratschmer to offer training and certification for aspiring equine ergonomists.

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Margaret Boyce

For me as a coach and judge, we absolutely do not want to see all our years of hard work and dedication go down the drain because of ill-fitting saddles on our horses. Saddlefit 4 Life®’s amazing developments, have absolutely benefitted the riders but more importantly - for the horse's long term health with immediate and visible results. Seeing is believing! I saw a close friend of mine whose horse has been misdiagnosed for years as to why he was not happy in his work. This horse had his hocks injected; he had an MRI and several other medical procedures trying to find the answer as to why this TB gelding was so resistant even in the most basic work. This horse saw saddlers, chiropractor, massage therapist - the owner felt she did everything she could for this horse and nothing seemed to help. Even the veterinary clinic found and treated the symptoms but never found the cause for this horse's pain. In the diagnostic saddle fit evaluation, Jochen discovered several major fitting issues on this horse and immediately set to work like a surgeon, fitting the horse instantly with a new saddle and the results were beyond amazing. In all the years I have known this horse - I have never seen him produce a regular three beat canter under saddle until that very day. Once all the pressure points were relieved on this extremely sensitive horse, he moved with so much freedom and regularity and offered no resistance - as a judge and coach I just started applauding and crying at the same time!

— Margaret Boyce, Equine Canada Certified Dressage Coach and Judge

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