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

youtube_logo 1,000,000+ Views to date! “A picture is worth a thousand words”.

Since that is true, moving pictures must be worth a million words! Schleese has simplified the art of “DIY” diagnoses of the most common issues we have encountered over the years with our educational instructional videos that you can watch and follow along with your own horse. Each of our videos is only a few minutes long and won’t take much of your time to watch (unless of course you become so entranced with what you see that you decide to do a “Schleese marathon” and watch them all!). Easy and clear instructions on how to identify the problems a poorly fitting saddle can cause. AND – here’s the best part! If you decide to book a personal evaluation and every single one of the “9 Points of Saddle Fit” is absolutely correct for your horse – we will refund your entire evaluation fee!

So join the growing ‘herd’ (no pun intended) of riders who have pushed our total YouTube guests over 1,100,000 and learn for yourself the difference a well-fitting saddle can make for you – and your horse!  We welcome your thoughts and your feedback!

9 Points of Saddle Fit Summary

Tip1

Balance - Western Saddles

The center of the saddle (seat area) should be parallel to the ground while on the horse's back.

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Tip2

Wither Clearance - Western Saddles

Clearance at the withers should be 2-3 fingers for normal withers, whereas, mutton withers will have more clearance and high withers will have less clearance.

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Tip3

Gullet Channel Width - Western Saddles

The gullet should be wide enough not to interfere with the spinal processes or musculature of the horse's back (3-5 fingers).

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Tip4

Full Bar Contact - Western Saddles

The bars should touch the horse's back evenly from front to back; some panels may be designed off the back end to allow the back to come up during engagement.

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Tip5

Billet or Latigo Alignment - Western Saddles

The billets or latigo should hang perpendicular to the ground so that the girth is positioned properly and not angled either forwards or backwards.

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Tip6

Saddle Length - Western Saddles

The shoulder and loin areas should not carry any weight of the saddle and rider. Rider weight should be on the saddle support area only.

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Tip7

Saddle Straightness - Western Saddles

The saddle should not fall off to one side when viewed from back or front. The tree points should be behind both scapulae (shoulder blades).

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Tip8

Saddle Tree Angle - Western Saddles

The bar should be parallel to the shoulder angle to position saddle properly.

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Tip9

Saddle Tree Width - Western Saddles

The tree width should be wide enough for saddle to fit during the dynamic movement of the horse.

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Thanks so much for all your help. I really appreciate it and so does Ransom! He loves his new saddle and is pain free. He walks directly down the hills in the park and is way more forward moving, willing, and happy. It feels like he has new hocks and stifles and Ive had to slow down my post at the trot. In time, he will fully restore his atrophied withers, back, etc., thanks to all of you at Schleese Saddlery! Soon well start jumping again, but pain free. Here we come HITS Ocala! Jochen was ABSOLUTELY wonderful. Amazing level of knowledge, experience, and commitment. AND very fun and entertaining. He sure does love what he does, thankfully. I feel soooo relieved and confident that my ongoing saddle issues have come to an end. I no longer have to helplessly witness my horse, my pet, go through such pain. He is such a love, and he has a big heart. At the end of our session, after our test ride in a pain-free Schleese, Ransom cuddled up to Jochen. They know. Some people dont give these horses enough credit, or care enough to get it right; thankfully, Schleese and his team do. Please extend my thanks to everyone.

— Pam, NY

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