Dr. Carol Vischer-Safran, DVM

 

Like Jochen, Dr. Vischer was born in Germany and came to North America in the 1980s not speaking any English! She began her veterinary education at the University of Illinois, graduating in 1992. She spent a year in Arizona for an internship, returning to the University of Illinois to begin a 3-year residency in Internal Medicine. She landed in Upstate New York in 1996, attaining her Diplomate status from the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (Dipl.ACVIM) in 1997, and started specializing in lameness diagnoses. She finished certification with the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society in 1997 and pursued a further education in spinal manipulation, finishing those requirements in 2000. In October 2000 I started her own clinic – North East Performance Equine.

Dr. Vischer met Jochen through mutual clients in the late 2000s and is closely affiliated with Saddlefit 4 Life training headquarters in NY at the Charlton Equestrian Center. She contributed to Jochen’s book with an insert on “The Horse’s Skin is a Good Indicator of Pain” (Suffering in Silence p.113). She is a strong believer in the Saddlefit 4 Life methodology on saddle fitting for both horse and rider and continues to attend S4L courses whenever her busy schedule allows.

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As quoted in the Certified Horsemanship Association February Monthly Newsletter "I recently attended a nine day intensive saddle fitting course conducted by Jochen Schleese. Jochen and his wife, Sabine, have attended two of CHA's International conferences.  I was intrigued by his demos on how saddles are made differently for men and women. This year in Amarillo, he went into more detail about fitting saddles properly to horses to prevent serious injury.  He is passionate about helping horses and by offering this course to professionals in the horse industry, we can do our part in having healthy horses and educated riders. This 3-day course event covered how saddles [may] cause injury and how little has been done in the last 100 years to prevent these injuries.  By educating professionals who deal with horses on a daily basis on how to properly evaluate a saddle fit can go a long way in making horses healthy.  by teaching an 80 Point Evaluation, taking into account, the shoulder angles, wither shape, saddle support area and making sure critical pressure points are not impinged on by the saddle is just a small segment of this course.  The Schleese's passion for helping horses is much the same as CHA's mission statement for riding instructors.  It is for the good of the horse.  Taking these courses reminded me of my certification week to become a CHA instructor.  A huge highlight of my life with horses."  Check our Saddlefit4life.com and the book "Suffering in Silence."

— Lori Maciulewicz - Regional Director for Region 6

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