"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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Jochen saved my horse - even the vet school couldn’t provide an explanation of his symptoms. Understanding how the horse dictates saddle fit added a whole new dimension to my practice and helped countless clients and their horses. Passion for true horsemanship brings us all together. Thank you to Jochen Schleese.  Jochen saved my horse’s career, and in doing so, shaped mine.  Even the vet school couldn’t provide an explanation of his symptoms. Understanding how the horse dictates saddle fit added a whole new dimension to my practice and helped countless clients and their horses.   The saddle fitting material in my book “Recognizing the Horse in Pain and What You Can Do About It” is largely due to your years of experience and passion for teaching. Passion for true horsemanship brings us all together.” My post-graduation experience of seeing numerous records filled with refills for steroids and antibiotics or frequent, needless joint injections soon left me desperately searching for a better way to practice. The ensuing experience (meeting with Certified Master Saddler Jochen Schleese) changed my life, and subsequently changed the lives of the horses I’ve been able to work with. When I met Jochen Schleese, the founder of Saddlefit 4 Life® and listened to his in-depth explanation of how saddle fit affects the horse, I had a revelation. Here was someone who could put all the pieces together for me with compassionate understanding for the horse. I will admit, when I understood how much pain I had caused my horse, and how he had continued to try to do his job for me in the face of that pain, I cried uncontrollably. Now I was armed with something different in making the decision – the knowledge of my horse’s anatomy, how it dictated proper saddle fit...and an option to correct his problems and continue to enjoy riding my horse knowing he is free of pain.”   Recognizing the Horse in Pain and What You Can Do About it - Video Icon for Website How to Use Thermography

— Joanna Robson DVM, CVSMT, CMP, CVA and Owner of Inspiritus Equine

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