3 Day CPD Saddle Fitting and Pre-habilitation /Rehabilitation of the Horse's Back

May 10th, 2018 - May 12th, 2018 | Milton, Cambridge, UK

3-day CPD Saddle Fitting & ‘Pre’habilitation/Rehabilitation of the horse’s back.

Jochen’s presentation forms his mandatory pre-requisite 2-day introduction to the 5-day Ergonomics course.

Formulated for equine therapists, vets, and veterinary nurses. Students of manual therapy, saddle fitters, and other equine paraprofessionals are of course most welcome.

Cost is £325 for all three days – this link is for the deposit of £75 – the balance of £250 to be paid at the beginning of the first day of the course in cash. Includes course materials, complimentary DVDs, refreshments, and lunch. Purchase Ticket(s)

Jochen Schleese is a German Certified Master Saddler and Saddle Ergonomist and Caroline Lindsay is a qualified RAMP registered Veterinary Physiotherapist and Master Saddle Fitting Consultant (MSFC).

Unique 3-day presentation. World-renowned saddle fitter and German Certified Master Saddler Jochen Schleese, author of Suffering In Silence: The Saddle Fit Link to Physical and Psychological Trauma in Horses, will join forces with veterinary physiotherapist, Caroline Lindsay, for a very special presentation aimed at equine therapists that will focus on a ‘welfare fit’ of horse, rider and saddle combination.

Jochen will be taking us to a higher level of understanding in saddle fit than is currently readily available to equine therapists. His saddle fitting concepts will cover the functional anatomy of both horse and rider, saddle design, static and dynamic fit and what we need to look for when we carry out a saddle fit assessment, to incorporate consideration of biomechanics and physiology.

Caroline Lindsay will be covering when not to fit a saddle, in terms of how we can recognize when a horse needs ‘pre’habilitation, as well as rehabilitation, in preparation for riding. Practical static core strengthening exercises and simple yet highly effective spinal mobilizations will be demonstrated, together with some simple tests to evaluate the horse’s back strength. Exercise prescription focusing on the back will be covered together with how we can help riders to develop a more stable position.

Both sessions will be a mix of classroom and practical and you will be introduced to some deep thought provoking concepts as well as frank and open discussions relating to saddle fitting for performance and the all too frequent lack of it and what we as therapists can do about it.

A very special bonus for attendees is that Jochen’s phase will represent the pre-requisite 2-day course, at this very special price, which is a mandatory part of continuing with the Equine Ergonomist 5 day certification course, for those who wish to advance their knowledge further with Jochen after the introductory presentation.

Beginning Thursday 10th May at the College of West Anglia (joining details to follow one week before the course starts). Arrive at 9 am for a 9.30 start ending at 4 pm on day one which will be Caroline’s session. Jochen’s sessions on days 2 and 3 will begin at 8.30am and finish at around 5 pm.

Day 1: Theory and demo with Caroline Lindsay:

  • Theme: Saddle fitting from the perspective of a veterinary physiotherapist qualified to fit saddles
  • Functional and dysfunctional anatomy of the equine back.
  • Assessing the fitting ‘real estate’.
  • How to check fit and signs of poor fit – behavioural and ridden.
  • Prehabilitation and rehabilitation of the equine back.
  • Exercise Prescription
  • Core strengthening exercises for horse and rider.

Days 2 & 3: Theory and Demo with Jochen Schleese:

Theory will cover basic anatomy of horse and rider, saddle support area, ‘reflex’ points resulting in negative behavior, 9 points of saddle fit.
Consideration of Gender in determining saddle fit.
Philosophy of Saddlefit 4 Life, a brief intro to historical and technological perspectives of the industry.
The demo will include chalk drawings on the horse, demonstration of the 9 points of saddle fit to horse and rider, and aspects of static and dynamic saddle fit.

Full information about Caroline Lindsay can be found here: www.perfectmovementsolutions.com

Further information about Jochen Schleese can be found here: www.saddlesforwomen.com

Book early to secure your place. These sessions typically sell out the same day.

Participants must bring suitable footwear. No trainers.

18 hours CPD – attendance certificates given.

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Equine Professional

His articles are the most complete about the subject I’ve ever seen. Very valuable for me to learn about saddle fitting as a rider and veterinarian. We treat a lot of back problems, most of them due to the saddle. Jochen is not only a great master of saddle fitting, but someone who really cares about horses. It was a privilege to work with him.

— Solange Mikail, DVM, MS: Owner of Equine Rehabilitation Center, Brazil

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