Jochen Schleese
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  • Holland Landing, Ontario
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A Bit About Me and my Horse(s)
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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yes - 3 dogs, 3 cats, 2 birds

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Saddle Fit Tip # 1 - Saddle Balance

SADDLE FIT TIP #1 - BALANCE (in a series of 9 short videos)

Have you ever experienced any of these problems which may indicate saddle balance problems?

Are you struggling with your position?

Is your horse lacking in its performance?

...then you may be faced with a Saddle Balance issue. Watch this informative video for some saddle fit tips on Balance that may help…


Posted on December 3, 2014 at 10:30pm — 5 Comments

Saddle Fit and Difficult Shoulders

One of our certified Saddlefit 4 Life® saddle ergonomists in Europe recently came across this horse – which had a shoulder blade that was higher than the withers. She said that the 'best' fitting saddle for it had a half panel to accommodate this unique conformation, but asked for my advice. Does anyone else recognize seeing a horse like this before?…


Posted on November 14, 2014 at 2:31pm

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 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).…


Posted on October 5, 2011 at 1:00pm

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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

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

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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