Fit is Everything - Infinitely Adjustable for Optimal Comfort & Performance!

Our regular monthly blog called the “Saddle Stitch” may include anecdotal experiences of working with clients all over North America at all levels and dealing with all sorts of saddle fit and behavioural issues resulting from poor saddle fit. Additional contributions may include: Ambassador Rider Highlights; certified saddle fitter profiles; rider testimonials; and educational courses that have recently been held.

Saddle Stitch News - 12/04/2019

December 4th, 2019

    Read about Featured 3S Ambassador, Quote of the Month, Where is Jochen and more! Saddle Stitch: Your Monthly Internal Schleese News & Updates   NEWS: Quartet Dressage Saddle Launch We are celebrating this special month with the launch of the Quartet dressage saddle! The Quartet is ...

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Success Story with Barbi Breen-Gurley

November 11th, 2019

Barbi Breen-Gurley and Vindictor It is my great pleasure to share with you the success story of one of my longtime clients and friend – California trainer Barbi Breen-Gurley. I met Barbi in the mid-1980s through my wife, whose old university roommate was a good friend of Barbi’s and introduced me to her. Before Barbi committed her heart and soul to Schleese, I worked ...

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Saddle Stitch News - 11/04/2019

November 4th, 2019

2019 Winner of Female CEO of the Year Award Talk about Girl Power! Check out this amazing award we won from the international trade council conference held in Chicago last week, highlighting Women in Business with the “Female CEO of the Year” award. They had 3800 applications with 60 finalists of which we were one.   We are so...

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Saddle Stitch News - 10/04/2019

October 4th, 2019

NEWS:2019 GO Global Awards FinalistWe are pleased to announce that we have been selected as Finalists for the Go Global Awards presented by the International Trade Council. Visit www.thinkglobalconference.org or www.goglobalawards.org for more information! Enter to Win Contest – Northern California and NevadaThis month we are launching another social media priz...

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Saddle Stitch News - 09/05/2019

September 5th, 2019

NEWS: Win a Free Saddle Fit Evaluation Promotion This month we are launching a new giveaway for Ontario Riders within a 1-hour drive from Newmarket, Local riders currently riding on NON-Schleese saddles can enter to WIN a FREE Saddle fit evaluation by visiting the link below.Not located in Ontario? Keep Watch f...

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I just wanted to thank you for the recent article you wrote on saddle fit and hyper-flexion. In fact, I want to thank you for ALL the publications and electronic clips you have created.  Your dedication to improving the welfare of horses through education is inspiring and a principle we try to live by here. We work hard every day to make sure our horses are healthy and happy and that their needs as horses are always met, before ever considering what we need from them. I am always eager to devour your articles and webinars because of the emphasis on the horse as a living being whose physical structures have specific functions, and how to tailor our own desires/wants to work WITH these structures instead of against them. When I first learned principles of saddle fitting, I learned only about the line of the panel following the horse’s back to ensure there was full contact and no bridging, about 2-3 fingers of space between top of wither and bottom of pommel, and the classic idea (at the time) that the pommel and cantle should sit level if the saddle was in balance on the horse’s back.  Thinking back on that makes me sad that I may have made horses uncomfortable because of what I didn’t know… Through my own education endeavors, and with a strong assist from your seminars, I now understand about the saddle support area, not having a saddle riding the scapula (or causing it to jam against it with every step), not having a saddle too far back, and the importance of aligning the seat of the saddle with the optimal carrying spot at the base of the horse’s withers.  I understand that a saddle can ‘fit’ but the horse may not like the feel of it, and to look first at fit and comfort when a horse starts developing ‘attitude’. I’ve learned that a saddle can ‘fit’ in the barn but you have to confirm the fit with a person in the tack- because weight in the saddle changes things. Given we are all animal lovers, we want what’s best for the horses, even if that means they need a different job in order to be happy.  We are proud that our herd looks healthy and happy and that not one horse is ring sour. Reading your recent article, I was struck with a need to express my gratitude for the horse person you have helped me to become.  I wanted you to know about the profound impact your words and philosophy has had, not just on me, but the horses, clients and trainers I have worked with, numbering collectively in the hundreds. Thank you again, I look forward to future articles.  

— Seana Waldon - Ontario

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