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Announcing Schleese's Exciting New ONLINE Professional Saddle Fit Evaluation Program!

June 8th, 2020

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Subject: AHP NEWSGROUP: Announcing our Exciting New ONLINE Professional Saddle Fit Evaluation Program

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 8, 2020
For more information contact: Odia Dibben, Sales Manager
Schleese Saddlery Service Ltd., odia@schleese.com

Announcing our Exciting New ONLINE Professional Saddle Fit Evaluation Program!

Schleese has been fortunate that even during these past few months during this global pandemic we have been deemed an ‘essential’ company in Canada – being a manufacturer, dealing with pet health and animal welfare issues. We have had a visit from the Ministry of Health and were lauded for our exemplary measures and protocols to keep both our valued employees and our valuable clients safe.

Although several of our staff opted to be temporarily laid off, we managed to continue working at almost full capacity with an engaged skeleton crew. Much of the time was spent strategizing on how the business model would change in the coming months and years – given that COVID-19 was expected to move from the pandemic to an endemic and become a constant part of our lives going forward. We are not alone in re-evaluating how our company would continue to survive and grow in the future, how we could stay in business, and how we could have a full contingent come back to work and continue to service our clients safely. Although travel has been restricted, we spent the last couple of months working on webinars, Livestreams, and podcasts on a regular weekly basis; collaborating with industry influencers such as RaleighLink14 (check out her youtube videos!), and developing our own new instructional videos to continue to increase our followers and markets worldwide.

We have developed a new, more interactive and consumer-friendly website, which is scheduled to go live by July 1. In the interest of maintaining the new reality of social distancing guidelines (as well as reducing our carbon footprint!), we welcome you to Schleese’s state of the art ONLINE SADDLE FITTING SERVICE! This service is unlike any found in the equine industry and best of all its FREE.  One of our Certified Saddle Fit Experts can work riders long-distance to assist with purchasing a new or used saddle, refit an existing Schleese saddle or assess the fit of a non-Schleese brand saddle.

Through this step-by-step online process, riders will find out exactly what they and their horse need. Riders are taken through a step by step guide on how to take complete measurements of themselves and their horse(s). This information is then submitted online for our Certified Saddle Fit Expert to review. They will then work with the rider on a solution on how to improve the comfort, fit and performance for both horse(s) and rider. 

The online process allows for a fast resolution without having to attend or wait for an On-site Professional Evaluation scheduled near you – which means faster solutions to fit issues without the wait times, without having to possibly trailer in somewhere, and basically from the comfort of your own home! Of course, Schleese will still offer its renowned on-site 80- Point Diagnostic Evaluation as before – but this will allow us to work with many more riders much more quickly, and with the same professional advice from our highly trained saddle ergonomists.  Check out the program by watching the video at this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yj9O2eMhZ_U&feature=youtu.be

Remember to stay home, stay safe, and use our hashtag #LetsRideItOutTogether with a posted picture on our Instagram and Facebook pages to help spread the word and keep things positive in our equine community and family!

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I have a 12 year old Pura Raza Espanol (PRE) horse who has proved to be a real challenge to fit saddle-wise. He is classically Baroque in shape with a short back, big shoulders, wide chest, and thick muscled mutton withers that have been the downfall of two saddles. After I noticed the deterioration of his back muscles I tried adjusting his current saddle to no avail. I had seen Jochen Schleeses videos online about saddle fit and how he developed the Obrigado saddle. I understood everything the Lusitano breeder mentioned in the video had been explaining to him. I was fairly certain that was the saddle for me so spoke to a number of women in my barn who ride in the Schleese saddles for feedback. After listening to the fourth woman rave excitedly about her Schleese saddle (my inquiries included an equine message therapist who owns a mare from the same breeder as my guy and rides in the Obrigado) I called for a fitting hoping for miracles. It was pretty close to that. Natalie put a 17.5" Obrigado on my fellow, which was ½ inch smaller than my other saddles. She assured me I wouldn’tt feel the pressure on my pelvis that always caused me to go with the 18"seat. The funniest thing was my horse’s expression. As we tightened the girth he turned and looked at me as if to say, "Hey what is this? It feels different." I got on and yes, there was a miracle. Or as close to one as one could get having a horse go from stiff on the bit and hollow through the body, to yielding in all places, rounding into contact and actually executing a 10 metre volte softly with no resistance. The counter canter no longer felt like I was seated on a whirling blender, with my horse twisting wildly under me as we came around corners. The canter was up in front and I started exclaiming about my new horse! Perhaps the biggest reveal for me was when I dismounted. For the first time in 2 ½ years I got out of the saddle with no pain in my lower back or left hip. My legs weren’tt even stiff. The saddle literally corrected my posture each time I felt myself slipping. It helped me regain that three point seat they all rave about in the books and there was no constant dragging my legs back to get them into position. I could not believe the fit of a saddle could make such a difference not only for my horse but for me as a 5'3" petite woman. I actually apologized to my horse for putting him through two bad fitting saddles. He is a very charitable fellow so I think he forgave me.

— Kelly Buziak - Edmonton, Alberta

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