– out of love and responsibility
We at Schleese manufacture our saddles by hand to the highest quality standards and use only the highest quality leathers.
Eevery SCHLEESE saddle is designed by the saddle expert and certified saddle ergonomist Jochen SCHLEESE. Its design, function and adjustability fulfill all criteria of the Saddlefit 4 Life® - out of love and responsibility for rider and horse.
The fully adjustable gullet plate with the patented AdapTree® allows your SCHLEESE saddle to be adjusted to your horse on-site, over and over again. The right saddle fit promotes a healthy back, species-appropriate movement and is the key for an optimal performance. Whether you are a recreational rider or a competitive rider, you and your horse will gain lasting benefits from the tremendous advantages.
What is a saddle fitting?
A precisely adapted saddle represents the highest good of all saddle developments. However, it is also crucial that a saddle can always be adapted to the changing anatomy of the horse. If the horse stands for a longer period of time, the shoulder muscles change, so the saddle will then no longer fit. If the horse's musculature develops through training, then the saddle won't fit either. A saddle should always be flexible and adaptable to new conditions - preferably directly on site.
ANNUAL SADDLE INSPECTION
Your properly fitted SCHLEESE saddle will give your horse enormous freedom of movement. That's why a strong change in the musculature can occur after only a short time. To guarantee the best fit for you and your horse, we recommend you having at least one annual saddle check. Our exclusive partners are qualified and S4L certified saddle ergonomists.
SADDLE ADJUSTMENT ACCORDING TO THE SADDLEFIT 4 LIFE® METHOD
OUR 80 POINT SADDLE FIT EVALUATION
The inquiry of basic information about horse and rider provides our saddle ergonomes with important basic information for fitting a new saddle, for example the frequency and use of the saddle as well as the anatomy and current training situation of horse and rider.
Horse: Our saddle ergonomist measures the shoulder angle, the shoulder width and the girth measurement. The shape of the back and withers, the width of the vertebral canal, the symmetry and size of the shoulders, are just a few aspects of this extensive evaluation process.
Rider: To select the right saddle models, the length and width of your leg, thigh, lower leg, and your hip circumference are measured. These values are also used to determine the position of the roll and stirrup bar attachments. Our goal is to put you in a correct and anatomically ideal position on the horse.
In this step, your saddle is measured and compared with all measured values from step 1 and step 2. This also includes the type of pillion, saddle contact surface, seat curve, etc. This determines how the saddle will fit you and your horse.
First, your horse will be lunged to see what movement patterns show up without a saddle. This is followed by an evaluation of the fit of your saddle while riding. Each sequence includes all three horse gaits. This gives our Saddle Ergonomist a dynamic picture of your horse's behavior, your current movement and seat position, and the seat of your current saddle. Sometimes our Saddle Ergonomist can also directly solve current problems by making adjustments to your current saddle on-site.
After the dynamic analysis, the picture is complete. Immediately afterwards, our qualified saddle ergonomist will explain the findings of the overall analysis according to Saddlefit 4 Life® and discuss possible solutions with you. In case you want, you can try out various saddle models. This way, you and especially your horse can already feel which saddle model gives you and your horse the best harmony.