For over 3 decades Jochen has witnessed thousands of horses suffer the effects of ill-fitting saddles – sore backs, resistance, chipped shoulder cartilage, lameness. This fuels his determination to provide industry education through Saddlefit 4 Life® education which combines principles of equine development, anatomy and saddle fit to horse and rider.

Seminars and Courses are taught worldwide, with professional internship opportunities for Equine Ergonomics certification to diagnose saddle fit issues. Jochen Schleese teaches at veterinary colleges, industry conferences, trade shows, clinics and symposia.

Saddlefit 4 Life® has been taught since 2006 in conjunction with the German National Riding School (Warendorf), the School of Osteopathic Medicine (Germany), the German Berufsreiterverband (Professional Instructors certification courses), veterinary conferences in Brazil, in cooperation with the Ontario Equestrian Federation (OEF), American Riding Instructors Association (ARIA), the Certified Horsemanship Association (CHA), Equine Sciences Academy, The University of Guelph (ON Canada) and United States Dressage Federation (University Accreditation). Since 2010 students and professionals around the world have participated in Saddlefit 4 Life® seminars, courses and internships.  To date over 100 professionals have been certified as Equine Ergonomists throughout Europe, North and South America, Canada, USA, Germany, England, Brazil, Holland, Luxembourg, Belgium and Sweden.

Jochen Schleese’s instructional DVD “Beyond the 9 Points of Saddle Fitting” teaches critical principles of static and dynamic saddle fitting. Jochen authored “The Silent Killer” – the Painful Truth of Saddle Fitting and Why it Doesn’t Work” (Wu Wei Germany 2012), and “Suffering in Silence – the Saddle Fit Link to Physical and Psychological Trauma in Horses” (Trafalgar 2013) which covers key principles of equine and rider anatomy, saddle construction, saddle fit principles to horse and rider, issues caused by ill-fitting tack, challenging riders, professionals and the industry to come to work cooperatively for the improved well-being of horse and rider.

 

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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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