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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I was an emancipated woman – or so I thought – and as such, I should be able to ride in any saddle. That was my mindset until I actually felt the difference between a saddle made for men and one made for women. Without exaggeration, this was truly an eye-opening experience. I rode so naturally without making any effort to have my legs hang straight down where they were supposed to be, and I felt the movement as one with my horse. Since then, as a trainer I often think that a saddle that is correctly fitted to my students would definitely help some of their position issues.

— Nicole Kunzel, Classical Riding Trainer, Hanover Germany

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