"I was intrigued by his demos on how Saddles are made differently for men and women."

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

"The course went above and beyond my expectations"

"I attended the Saddlefit 4 Life® Equine Ergonomist Training Course to obtain more information on saddle fitting.  At the time I was having some issues with my horse, who acted uncomfortable under saddle and would occasionally buck at the canter.  The course went above and beyond my expectations of what I would learn in five days.  I was able to go home, evaluate what was causing my horse discomfort, adjust the type of tack I was using, and it fixed his bucking issue on the spot! The class more than paid for itself in that moment and I have Saddlefit 4 Life® to thank for it!"  

Laura Roll San Diego, CA

"I learned so much and will highly recommend it to our students"

Dear Sabine, Jochen, Connie and Terri Anne, First let me say thank you for allowing me to participate in the clinic - I wasn't expecting that, and I certainly wasn't expecting a certificate. But seriously, the course was excellent!!  I learned so much and will highly recommend it to our students.  Even if they have no desire to become a saddle fitter, the knowledge they will gain will be invaluable in the field in assessing horses they work with.  Also participating gave me great insight into how your program works and what is involved - at least in the Equine Ergonomist aspect of things - much more so than just observing would have. Everything about the program was very classy, professional, intense - but also fun. Thank you again, it was a privilege to attend and work with you all.  Claire was also a delight. Keep me posted on your thoughts about the online education, and let us know if there is anything we can do to help with Saddlefit 4 Life® or H.I.P.P.O.H. Big hugs to you all. Derry McCormick Equine Sciences Academy

Derry McCormick Equine Sciences Academy

"It was an outstanding learning experience"

Hello Connie! I thoroughly enjoyed the Saddlefit4Life® saddle fitting course! It was an outstanding learning experience that provided invaluable information which went far beyond saddle fitting.    I loved the methods that were used to teach, balancing a mixture of lecture and hands-on sessions. I highly recommend this course to anyone who is involved in ANY part of the equine industry. Knowledge gives us more tools to become better advocates for horse and rider comfort. Deb Zarish, D.V.M. Michigan

Deb Zarish, D.V.M. Michigan

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Christilot BoylenIf your equipment doesn't fit, you will have huge problems from the get go. You won’t get very far with a horse that isn’t comfortable, a saddle that doesn't fit, and as a result, a rider that is out of balance because the saddle pushes him too far forward or back.  

— Christilot Boylen, Canadian Dressage Team Member, multi-Olympian

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