German Certified Master Saddler, Saddle Ergonomist, founder of Schleese Saddlery Service (1986) and Saddlefit 4 Life (2006), Jochen Schleese works passionately for the well-being for horse and rider. Jochen calls on all those involved in caring for and working with horses (riders, veterinarians, trainers, farriers, saddle fitters) to not only educate themselves on the detrimental impact of poor saddle fit, but to also find ways to work cooperatively together toward a better and healthier future for horses and riders. Over 25 years of research and industry experience is detailed in Jochen’s books, ‘THE SILENT KILLER’ (2012), ‘SUFFERING IN SILENCE: ‘The Saddle Fit Link to Physical and Psychological Trauma in Horses’ (2013) and DVD ‘Beyond the 9 Points of Saddle Fitting’ (2012).
Looking for answers to help you and your horse?
Saddlefit 4 Life Seminar with Jochen Schleese
RECOGNIZING SADDLE FIT ISSUES FOR HORSE AND RIDER
Is your Saddle Hurting or Helping?
Qualifies for USDF University Credit
Saturday February 22, 2014 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
6259 Homeland Rd Lake Worth, FL 33467
Registration received by Feb 20 include lunch and Jochen’s DVD ‘Beyond the 9 points of Saddle Fitting’
Description: USDF Credit applicable. 6 hour seminar on rider and equine back health, recognizing the signs and causes of ill-fitting saddles, principles of equine and human anatomy and biomechanics related to saddle fit, male versus female saddles, 80 point saddle fit diagnostic evaluation, theoretical instruction, horse and rider demos, curriculum workbook, equine anatomy & development, biomechanics/static & dynamic saddle fit, anatomical implications for female and male riders and strategies to improve saddle fit to horse and rider. Based on Jochen Schleese’s book “Suffering in Silence – The Saddle Fit Link to Physical and Psychological Trauma in Horses”. Course Fee $225.00. Limited spaces so register soon.
Jane Savoie - “Jochen’s seminars are a ‘must’. Even after a lifetime in the horse business, I was astounded by what I learned. If you care about your horse’s comfort, run (don’t walk!) to the next seminar!”
Dr. Joanna Robson DVM CVSMT CMP CVA - “Jochen Schleese gave me the knowledge of my horse’s anatomy, how it dictated proper saddle fit, and an option to correct my horse’s problems. I can enjoy riding knowing he’s pain free.”
Common symptoms of ill-fitting saddles include: riders experiencing back, hip or joint pain, pelvic discomfort, struggling to maintain correct position, feeling ‘pulled apart’, fighting the saddle, feeling out of balance, and horses with gait abnormalities, 4-beat canter, hollow tense back, sore backs, bad behavior, resistance, lack of engagement, refusing jumps, toe dragging, head tossing, tail swishing, poor work attitude, atrophy, lameness, kissing spine, and spondylosis. Saddles need to fit optimally, accommodate each horse’s unique conformation and asymmetry, and be built for gender specific anatomical requirements of women and men.
To help fulfill his mission of protecting horse and rider from long term damage Jochen focuses his energy as a clinician teaching Saddlefit 4 Life educational programs, the S4L 80 point diagnostic system (ergonomic and biomechanical analyses of horse, rider and saddle) and speaking around the world. Saddlefit 4 Life® has been taught since 2006 in conjunction with various associations including the German National Riding School (Warendorf), School of Osteopathic Medicine (Germany), the German Professional Trainers Association (Berufsreiterverband), veterinary conferences in Brazil, through the Ontario Equestrian Federation and United States Dressage Federation (qualifying for USDF University Credits).
Since 2010 Jochen has trained and certified over 100 Equine Ergonomists from 13 countries in the expanding Saddlefit 4 Life Professional Network.
“Horses should not experience discomfort, pain and irreparable damage caused by ill-fitting tack, due to lack of knowledge. Nothing compares to the feeling you experience when you know you have helped your best friend!” - Jochen
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