The Equine Sciences Academy

 

Both Sabine and Jochen Schleese are on the Advisory Board of the Academy. As Advisory Panel members we review, critique and contribute materials to ESA courses in our areas of expertise. We share the deep commitment to research and education in continually seeking knowledge that will allow better care and understanding in providing for our domesticated equines.

The ESA looks to the life way of the wild horse as the model for equine health and soundness because it believes that equines (or any creatures for that matter!( that are kept in a manner consistent with their nature will fare far better in a domestic environment than those that are kept in ways alien to their physiology.

The programs offered are designed to give a thorough fundamental understanding of all key aspects of horse husbandry, as well as the tools to apply to equine care and management.

The ESA offers both an Equine Sciences Degree as well as the most comprehensive Certification in Natural Hoof Care program offered anywhere.

The Academy is founded on the belief that the practice of focusing on one aspect of a horse – the body, the environment, habits, etc. – without due consideration of other possible mitigating factors is a process which is inherently flawed. The science behind a thriving horse is complex, but the principles are simple. The closer he gets to a natural equine environment and lifestyle the healthier he will be in mind, body and spirit. The Academy is dedicated to both research and education to allow this to happen.

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The riding school where I first took lessons had "good" saddles, made by a venerable European manufacturer, so when I noticed my riding was uncomfortable, I assumed a problem with my position. Eventually though, I realized that no position was comfortable, that riding varied from unpleasant to excruciating. Nobody else seemed to have a problem, and my instructor was not a person with whom anyone discussed non-public parts of the body, so I just accepted that riding was painful. Until I rode in a friend's saddle, made by another venerab1e European manufacturer. It was an old saddle, but the moment I sat in it I was like Goldilocks in Baby Bear's chair -it was just right. Painless! Amazing! So I measured, compared, tried other saddles; then my husband made me foam blocks that I placed next to my stirrup bars to widen the saddle waist until I could buy a used saddle-shaped -like-me. If I or my instructor had had Jochen Schleese's important book “Suffering In Silence”, I would have been spared years of pain and frustration. It seems an unfortunate human tendency to take no steps toward a solution unless the ultimate solution is achievable, like the onlooker who wondered why to throw a single starfish in the sea if they couldn’t all be saved.  I can’t afford to buy custom saddles for my school horses, but there are many things I can do, with the information in Mr. Schleese's book, to make my horses and my students more comfortable. Correct diagnosis is vital to solving problems, and its information that you need to make a diagnosis, like the significance of saddle length, gullet width, equine asymmetry, billet placement, cantle angle, and many other features of the interface between rider and horse. Little, inexpensive things like foam blocks can make the difference between painful and painless for both the equines and the humans you are responsible for, if you have the information that comes from Mr. Schleese's experience, we may not be able to do everything, but we should do what we can.

— Katie Aiken, Riding Instructor Magazine Copy Editor Fall 2014

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