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.

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Fitting Asymmetrical Horses

If you had a child with scoliosis, or one leg shorter than another – would you force them into wearing ‘normal’ shoes because you were under the misguided view that you could ‘force’ them to walk straight, to be even…

Fitting Western Saddles

I have been asked now several times to address the subject of fitting a western saddle, and have done some presentations on this at both the Certified Horsemanship Association Conference and the Western States Horse Expo in CA. As you…

Saddle Pad Dust Patterns and Sweat Marks

Horses sweat just like humans in order to regulate their body temperature. Horses have what are called “apocrine” sweat glands. There is a gland at the base of every hair. Therefore, the number of sweat glands is related to hair…

All About Saddle Trees

I often get asked about my opinion on the latest and newest saddle designs, such as the saddle tree, appearing on the market. I have to of course be very careful about what I say, lest my comments are taken…

Harness the Power of Horses for Cancer Therapy

I came across this article written by Jenny Holt on a website called ParticularPaws.com and it really hit home, especially since we have several people in our circle of friends, acquaintances, and clients who have dealt with or are dealing…

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