Dr. Solange Mikail, DVM

 

Dr. Solange Mikail was in the market for a dressage saddle and found the Schleese videos on YouTube. As a veterinarian, she appreciated the information available on the videos and decided to buy a Schleese saddle because he knew a lot about saddle fitting and was concerned with the back health of the horse. As she made plans to attend the World Equestrian Games in Kentucky in 2010, she contacted head office and was told that Schleese would have a booth onsite. This gave her the opportunity to look at the saddles and try them out – and actually speak with Jochen. She was accompanied by Davi Carrano – her trainer (and also one of our associated equine professionals) – who was also impressed with what he saw. Well as they say – the rest is history.  She was instrumental in organizing Jochen’s first trip to Brazil in September 2011 to speak in front of the veterinary congress, and has been working with S4L ever since. Solange opened her facility to Saddlefit 4 Life® and is now the location for S4L South American headquarters just outside of Sao Paulo Brazil.

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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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