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Saddle Fit and Horse Straightness

One of the most common questions I am asked has to deal with both saddle ‘straightness’ and horse ‘straightness’ and whether the correct thing is to try and force the horse into ‘straightness’ with exercise or to accommodate their basic ‘non-straightness’ with a crooked saddle. As is pretty obvious, most horses are inherently not 100% straight; in fact most are dominant in the musculature on the left. While one school of thought is that the horse needs to be ridden straight and forced into…See More
Dec 26, 2013
Ruth Vale commented on Jochen Schleese's blog post The Truth About Withers Clearance
"When the saddle is sliding forward, it may well be that your horse is muscling up, or growing in the loin in front of the quarters and you in fact need a SMALLER tree, to raise the front to level with the back.  Problem is, then, that your…"
Oct 13, 2013
Saundra O'Reilly commented on Jochen Schleese's blog post Saddle Fit and Treeless vs. Conventional Saddles: Back Pressure Evaluated
"If you ever get the chance to visit Hilary Clayton's lab at MSU jump at the chance. It's a fascinating place!"
Dec 5, 2011
Saundra O'Reilly commented on Jochen Schleese's blog post Saddle Fit and Treeless vs. Conventional Saddles: Back Pressure Evaluated
"I have been on both sides of this story. I had a Connemara who loved his treeless dressage and jumping saddles. He went beautifully and his big wide round back finally had a perfect fit. I thought all my saddle fitting problems were over…"
Dec 5, 2011
Marlene Thoms commented on Jochen Schleese's blog post Saddle Fit and Treeless vs. Conventional Saddles: Back Pressure Evaluated
"Although it would be ideal if finances never entered the issue of saddle fit, they are a fact of life for most horse riders. The best treeless saddle and quality pad cost half what the best treed saddle cost that also fit my horse, and it was a lot…"
Nov 29, 2011
Marlene Thoms commented on Jochen Schleese's blog post Saddle Fit and Treeless vs. Conventional Saddles: Back Pressure Evaluated
"It's encouraging to see research being done on this important topic. And that Dr. Clayton recognizes that different kinds of treeless saddles need to be included in the comparison. If this test was done on one particular treeless saddle, it…"
Nov 29, 2011
A blog post by Jochen Schleese was featured

Saddle Fit and Treeless vs. Conventional Saddles: Back Pressure Evaluated

Saddle Fit and Treeless SaddlesOkay I just had to share this with you because I am really thrilled that someone of Dr. Clayton’s reputation has substantiated what I have been preaching about treeless saddles for the last couple of years. Now you don’t just have to take my word for it! This was a recent article appearing at www.thehorse.com which I am putting in my blog this week to share with you.Treeless vs. Conventional Saddles: Back Pressure Evaluatedby:…See More
Nov 28, 2011
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Saddle Fit and Treeless vs. Conventional Saddles: Back Pressure Evaluated

Saddle Fit and Treeless SaddlesOkay I just had to share this with you because I am really thrilled that someone of Dr. Clayton’s reputation has substantiated what I have been preaching about treeless saddles for the last couple of years. Now you don’t just have to take my word for it! This was a recent article appearing at www.thehorse.com which I am putting in my blog this week to share with you.Treeless vs. Conventional Saddles: Back Pressure Evaluatedby:…See More
Nov 28, 2011
Gary Glaser left a comment for Jochen Schleese
"I came across your page, and wanted to introduce myself and my hobby. My name is Gary Glaser and I am the mounted commander of the 9th New York Cavalry and live in Binbrook. We are located in the Niagara, Hamilton area but have members across…"
Nov 20, 2011
Jackie Cochran commented on Jochen Schleese's blog post Saddle Fit and Buying Canadian
"Very good Jochen!"
Nov 6, 2011
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Oct 6, 2011
A blog post by Jochen Schleese was featured

Saddle Fit and Swelling

Saddle Fit and SwellingOne of my associates in Europe recently came across this issue at a client visit. This chestnut gelding was exhibiting blisters and swelling beside the withers on the right side – but apparently there was no saddle pressure to account for this. The saddle was sitting perfectly aligned. (I especially mention the colour since chestnuts often seem to be particularly vulnerable to skin problems).…See More
Oct 5, 2011
Jochen Schleese posted a blog post

Saddle Fit and Swelling

Saddle Fit and SwellingOne of my associates in Europe recently came across this issue at a client visit. This chestnut gelding was exhibiting blisters and swelling beside the withers on the right side – but apparently there was no saddle pressure to account for this. The saddle was sitting perfectly aligned. (I especially mention the colour since chestnuts often seem to be particularly vulnerable to skin problems).…See More
Oct 5, 2011

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I am a certified master saddler and saddlefitter and my passion is helping as many horses in the world as possible to be comfortable in what they're being ridden in - whether this is in our saddle or someone else's. Main thing is that whatever is being used is fitted as closely as possible to what the horse needs!
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Saddle Fit and Treeless vs. Conventional Saddles: Back Pressure Evaluated

Saddle Fit and Treeless Saddles

Okay I just had to share this with you because I am really thrilled that someone of Dr. Clayton’s reputation has substantiated what I have been preaching about treeless saddles for the last couple of years. Now you don’t just have to take my word for it! This was a recent article appearing at www.thehorse.com which I am putting in my blog this week to share with you.



Treeless vs. Conventional Saddles: Back… Continue

Posted on November 28, 2011 at 3:33pm — 4 Comments

Saddle Fit and Swelling

Saddle Fit and Swelling



One of my associates in Europe recently came across this issue at a client visit. This chestnut gelding was exhibiting blisters and swelling beside the withers on the right side – but apparently there was no saddle pressure to account for this. The saddle was sitting perfectly aligned. (I especially mention the colour since chestnuts often seem to be particularly vulnerable to skin problems).…





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Posted on October 5, 2011 at 1:00pm

Saddle Fit and Problem Backs

My last blog was a bit ‘ueberlong’ so I will limit myself to a quickie this week.



When I am travelling, I unfortunately often come across horses that have backs that look like the one in this picture. The client maintains that the horse has ‘always looked like that’ but – as I confirmed with my oft-cited good friend Dr. Joanna Robson, DVM – horses are not born like this.



The majority of these horses are ridden in saddles where the gullet channel is simply too tight/narrow.… Continue

Posted on September 13, 2011 at 9:30am

Saddle Fit and Excellent Results in the Ring

Although of course it shouldn't be all about the medals and the winning, it absolutely thrills and validates me when one of my clients sends me a picture such as this one. (Christian Hartung riding “Watulele” from the Christiane Noelting Dressage Center in California). This is an absolutely textbook case of a beautiful horse demonstrating "Durchgelassenheit" ('throughness, suppleness, etc.') Of particular note is the fact that he has a beautifully rounded croup, the angle of the hind leg is…

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Posted on August 22, 2011 at 2:30pm — 2 Comments

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At 10:57am on November 20, 2011, Gary Glaser said…

I came across your page, and wanted to introduce myself and my hobby.

My name is Gary Glaser and I am the mounted commander of the 9th New York Cavalry and live in Binbrook. We are located in the Niagara, Hamilton area but have members across Souther Ontario. Our members are both mounted and diss-mounted troopers.

The Ninth New York Cavalry has been reactivated by a group of living historians and civil war enthusiasts interested in the portrayal of the life of the Federal Horse Soldier. As a group, we participate in living history encampments, re-enactments, and giving informative lectures throughout the year in both Ontario and the U.S.

Visit use on the web at www.9thnycavalry.com

If you have any interest in becoming involved in our group , or any member of your barn , do not hesitate to contact me at . sgtgaryglaser@hotmail.com .

We are not a stable and are not associated with any stable.

 

Thank You

Gary Glaser

At 6:47pm on December 28, 2010, Karen Tweed said…
Only had a few rides on my new Scleese Wave saddle and lovin it!     Thank-you! 
At 12:30pm on February 1, 2010, Brenda Gordon said…
Hello Jochen,
I'll be watching the videos and reading all the blogs to learn about fitting. I suspect all horses are asymetrical wondered if the Flair panels solve that issue, and of the saddle moving forward.
I looked at your schedule for 2010 and will look for your booth at the Equine Affair in OH. I didn't have these horses when you were in Indy, glad, now we can be properly fitted. Thanks Brenda
At 10:01am on October 21, 2009, Kinni P said…
I can't resist making a request! Could you make a post on saddle fitting for the swaybacked horse? I'm having to ride my Arab mare in a western saddle. It's the only thing that won't bridge. Thanks, Kinni
At 7:54pm on October 15, 2009, Jen B said…
Hello Jochen,
I posted a question regarding lengthening hunt seat saddle billets and it was recommended I ask you. I understand this can be done in order to have the girth buckles below the saddle flap (as in a dressage saddle). This seems like an excellent idea but I am wondering why close contact and all purpose saddles aren't designed this way. Is there a down side I am not considering?
At 6:20am on September 19, 2009, Ria Maguire said…
Hello Jochen, please could you tell me which saddle Jane Savoie rides in? I'm watching Happy Horse DVDs. I really would like to know the Schleese model. Thankyou.
At 2:09pm on August 31, 2009, Over Fences said…
I have been very lucky over the yesrs to have good, well fitting saddles that are versatile enough to fit multiple horses. My first that I had for years was a brown, sort of eventing saddle it had no name or maker anywhere. It had an orange underside, I rode in it every day of my life until the tree snapped over a jump.

My next "trail/schooling" saddle was a late eighties model George Kiefer Dressage. I still school in it regularly. It was originally for an Arab so it has a wider tree. (people often think arabs have more pronounced withers). I've used it on a variety of breeds & it has always worked well except on the very high withered TB's I've ridden.

My current saddle is a 2005 model Nelson Pessoa, "Rodrigo". It has a medium wide tree, which is a bit wider than my dressage, so I can only use it on my wider horses. It is the most comfortable and cushy saddle ever.
It's effortless to find my seat over jumps, and it's my most comfortable trail saddle ever.

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