Jochen Schleese

Jochen Schleese

Horse Health

Jochen Schleese CMS, CSE, CSFT. Jochen graduated from Passier in 1985 as the youngest Certified Master Saddler in Germany at the time.

He came to Canada as the Official Saddler for the 1986 World Dressage Championships. Jochen registered the trade of saddlery in North America in 1990, and operated the only authorized training facility for this trade in Ontario.

He discovered that many female riders struggle with pain and health issues from riding in saddles designed for male riders (due to pelvic and anatomical differences). Schleese Saddlery Service (1986) is the world leader in gender correct saddles, which can be fit and adjusted according to the biomechanics of movement and the development of the horse, through personal on-site saddle fit evaluations.Jochen Schleese established Saddlefit 4 Life (2006) as an independent organisation to teach saddle fit evaluation and analyses, and certify professionals in equine and saddle ergonomics.

Jochen lectures at the German Professional Trainers Association in Warendorf Germany, at veterinary conferences in Brazil and is a frequent clinician at trade shows and equine forums worldwide. Saddlefit 4 Life courses are accredited by the United States Dressage Federation, the Certified Horsemanship Association and Ontario Equestrian Federation. Jochen Schleese is on the advisory board of the Equine Sciences Academy and an education partner with the American Riding Instructor Association and Ontario Equestrian Federation. He is the author of the best-selling reference book “Suffering in Silence: The Saddle Fit Link to Physical and Psychological Trauma in Horses” which is now in its 3rd printing in English and 2nd in German. This insightful compilation is used in the curriculum of many other saddle fitting schools. Jochen is a regular guest lecturer at the University of Guelph’s Animal Sciences faculty and teaches his courses to equine professionals, including veterinarians, all over the world. “

Education Sessions

The 8 Myths of Saddle Fitting

3.30pm - 4.15pm Friday, 22nd November | Small Demo Arena - Hall 2

This topic discusses the 8 most common fit types as found in the industry today and the various consequences each fit has on the horse. We will delve into each fit to understand how it was developed, the purpose of the fit, in which discipline it is most commonly found and the specific physical changes that occur in the horses the fit is used on. Jochen will also discuss what an ideal fit is and why it is necessary to have in order for the horse to move properly by using its back and the ways in which that fit allows the body to function without causing damage to itself.

Gender Appropriate Saddles and how it can Affect Your Horse

11.30am - 12.15pm Saturday, 23rd November | Demo Arena - Hall 1

Jochen discusses the differences and importance of gender appropriate saddles for riders, but more specifically, for horses. He outlines the various issues a saddle that is not fitted to the rider can cause, explaining how if a saddle that is perfectly fitted to a horse, when it does not fit the rider, can cause the same symptoms and issues as an unfitted saddle.