Saddle fit evaluation: What is it and why is it necessary?

Health issues and damage caused by poor saddle fit are often simply the result of not knowing or not ever having had a professional saddle fit evaluation. A properly fitted saddle contributes to comfort, performance, well-being, safety and enjoyment of riding for horse and rider. The placement and balancing the rider’s seat bones are keys to proper position and balance for the rider, and comfort for the horse. Even a horse with a perfectly fitted saddle will never be fully protected from long term damage if the saddle is not suited to the anatomical build and gender of the rider. If you have concerns about the fit of your saddle, download our Rider Saddle Fit Checklist.

To determine the optimal saddle fit, Saddlefit 4 Life® developed the 80 Points Saddle Fit Diagnostic Evaluation – the most comprehensive analysis in the industry worldwide. The evaluation consists of 55 evaluation points to horse and 25 points to rider.


Evaluation outline

Your evaluation includes:

  • Static measurements and assessments of horse, rider and saddle
  • Dynamic analyses: saddle support area, dust pattern and riding
  • Experiencing optimal fit in a gender correct, sizing saddle adjusted to your horse
  • Detailed report addressing your goals and concerns with recommendations for achieving optimal saddle fit
  • Readjustment on site (for additional charge as appropriate)


Standards of Certification

To maintain the highest technical standards, Jochen Schleese oversees the training and certification of all Equine Ergonomists, Saddle Ergonomists, Independent Saddle Fitters and Saddle Fit Technicians. Saddlefit 4 Life® has a comprehensive saddle fitting philosophy; S4L certification programs are valued by equine professionals from many disciplines. S4L education is endorsed by the United States Dressage Federation (USDF), The Certified Horsemanship Association (CHA), the American Riding Instructors Association (ARIA), the German National Riding School, The Association of Professional Trainers – Germany (Berufsreiterverband), Equine Canada and the Ontario Equestrian Federation (OEF).

Certified Saddlefit 4 Life® professionals receive the most advanced training for saddle fit assessment offered in the industry. It is the only certification program in this field which requires renewal of certification every 2 years to maintain state-of-the-art expertise. S4L ensures the highest standards of Saddlefit 4 Life® graduates, who hold a valid certification card.

Saddlefit 4 Life® diagnostics, analysis and saddle fitting services are available throughout many parts of the world. Meet our Certified Affiliates.

Contact info@schleese.com for more information or Register for a Saddle Fit Diagnostic Evaluation

Correct Diagnosis is Vital to Solving Problems!

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Christilot BoylenIf your equipment doesn't fit, you will have huge problems from the get go. You won’t get very far with a horse that isn’t comfortable, a saddle that doesn't fit, and as a result, a rider that is out of balance because the saddle pushes him too far forward or back.  

— Christilot Boylen, Canadian Dressage Team Member, multi-Olympian

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