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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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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