Saddlefit 4 Life

Join master saddler Jochen Schleese, of Schleese Saddlery and Saddlefit 4 Life®, as he works to solve fit issues and help horses all over North America. Each week, Jochen will share his experiences dealing with horses at all levels, with all sorts of saddle fit and behavioural issues caused by poor saddle fit.

You will also meet several knowledgeable independent fitters, who travel all over the world on a quest to ‘protect as many horses and riders worldwide from long term back damage,’ some key industry professionals, including Jane Savoie, Dr. Gerd Heuschmann, Dr. Joanna Robson and Dr. James Warson, as well as Schleese clients, who all have a tale to tell. The stories will make you laugh, maybe cry, but always think.

Fitting a Bridle Properly – Part 3

Bridle Choices – Pros and Cons In this last blog in my series on bridles, I wanted to list a number of the most popular bridles available with some of their features and benefits. For all of the different designs, read more

Fitting a Bridle Properly – Part 2

It’s All in Your Head…or Your Horse’s Head! Continuing on from last week with the Neck: Scientists have determined that there needs to be at least ½” room between the incisors where the bit is laid (so that a carrot read more

Fitting a Bridle Properly – Part I

It’s All in Your Head…or Your Horse’s Head! Even though you may know that, of course, your bridle has to fit your horse properly, you may be surprised to hear of the impact a poorly fitting bridle may have on read more

Changes in the Equestrian Industry

My sister Angelika Schleese runs our European operations, which – although fairly young – is expanding rapidly. As part of our regular conversations and communications, we here in North America are of course kept abreast of what is going on read more

Cartilage Damage at the Scapula

My own horse was a victim of scapular damage caused by a saddle with forward facing tree points. I didn’t realize that this was the problem until many years later, when I began building saddles myself in Canada and was read more

Breeding to Save a Population

I am taking occasional online courses through the Equine Sciences Faculty at Guelph University in an attempt to continue my own personal education in the equestrian industry. This past winter I took an Equine Genetics course. (I have to say read more

Equine Industry Symposium

On Saturday November 19, 2016, I had the honour of being invited to participate in the inaugural Equine Industry Symposium held at Guelph University at OVC. This event was organized by the second year students of the BBRM degree (Bachelor read more

Saddles and Veganism

Veganism has become a hot topic in my household recently. Both of our daughters are full-blown vegans, having cut out everything animal based in their diets (including dairy and honey!) as well as in their clothing, accessories and cosmetics (no read more

Dr. Sue Dyson ‘Gets It’

I have never had the pleasure of meeting Dr. Sue Dyson in person, however, I very much appreciate her professional insights as a veterinarian regarding the necessity of proper saddle fit. She was a guest speaker at a recent National read more

Working with Equine Professionals

I founded Saddlefit 4 Life® a little over ten years ago with the tagline “a global network of equine professionals working together to protect horse and rider from long-term back damage resulting from poorly fitting saddles.” It’s a mouthful, but read more

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