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A Revolutionary Saddle Fitting Tool!

Schleese is excited to announce the introduction of a revolutionary new saddle fitting tool, The HorseShape Laser®, which measures the horse’s back.

 

Jochen-Schleese-Scanning-with-HorseShape-LaserSchleese is excited to announce the introduction of a revolutionary new saddle fitting tool, The HorseShape Laser®, which measures the horse’s back. It takes an image of the back which complements the rest of the tools we use to measure. A German initiative, this laser device takes a complete 3D image of the horse’s back shape within seconds to assist in custom building or custom fitting a saddle. The measurements will be calibrated with our Arc Device™ to ensure the closest fit possible. The system offers the option of a 3-D printout directly to the client which clearly shows a comparative basis to see alterations in the back over time, and allows the fitter to determine changes in the horse’s conformation so that the saddle can be adjusted to suit. A client may choose to pay to have the scan done, but it is a complimentary service Schleese offers it with a new saddle order, allowing them an email copy of the scan image. HorseShape is continuing to work on the technology to compare scans over time to clearly show clients how their horse has changed over time.
Horseshape_Printoutimage01The Horse Shape Laser is a wonderful addition to Schleese`s ‘toolbox” of innovative measuring tools, including its Arc Device™ and SaddleSizer™. This new technology is exciting, as Schleese can now complement its Saddlefit 4 Life® saddle fitting techniques with cutting edge technology. The HorseShape Laser is exclusively available in North America to any saddle fitter or saddle company, allowing any professional to improve the ultimate saddle fitting experience as well as lifting the standard of education in equine ergonomics and saddle fitting.

  • Takes a 3-D image of the horse’s back & emailed to you
  • $75 fee per scan – complimentary scans available when ordering a saddle that needs to be produced & shipped directly to the client *
  • Calibration with our ArcDevice
  • Optional 3-D printout sent directly to you from (Horseshape in Europe) to compare changes over time. Additional fees apply – contact Horseshape directly.
  • Exclusively available in North America through Schleese to any saddle fitter or saddle company.
  • Benchmark in education standards in saddle fitting and equine ergonomics!

* Complimentary scan availability is based on the scanner availability to the Saddle Fit Technician at any given appointment. Please see our ‘Affiliates’ page to identify Affiliates with scanners. Please note independent affiliates may have their own pricing structure.

There are many assessment tools on the market, but the ease of using this 3D scanner and the excellent 3-dimensional image it provides is a worthwhile addition to the measurements we take when making a saddle and fitting a saddle. It is very engaging for the rider to see and it generates a lot of interest in the barn – people come to watch what we’re doing and are very impressed with the system. SaddleFit4Life® will use the technology to assist in its mission of protecting as many horses and riders as possible worldwide from long-term back damage caused by poorly fitting saddles.”

Jochen Schleese,  CMS, CSFT, CSE

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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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