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Jochen Schleese of Schleese Saddlery

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  • Jochen Schleese of Schleese Saddlery

    I went to a clinic over the weekend with Jochen and it was terrific. Has anyone gone to a clinic or purchased one of his saddles?

    He is a master saddle maker and saddle fitter from Germany. When he spoke about saddle fit, he spoke in depth about shoulder movement and the exact placement of a saddle so it does not go over the kidney area. He showed us exactly where the panels should end and how to find that spot. He drew all over the horse's back with chalk to demonstrate movement, saddle fit, placement, etc.

    I would love to purchase one of his saddles with his saddle fit expertise for my horse. Has anyone worked with him, purchased one of his saddles? Any experiences would be great...

    www.schleese.com and www.saddlefitforlife.com
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  • #2
    He is a super awesome dude and knows what he's talking about.


    • #3
      He gives a fabulous clinic. The other saddlemaker who is equally talented in communicating what you need to know about the subject is the owner of Tucker Saddles. Both are fabulous clinicians.
      "The difference between genius and stupidity is that genius has its limits." Albert Einstein



      • #4
        I just purchased a ConneXion and couldn't be happier. Over the past 20 years I've owned many dressage saddles and many horses, this is by far the best one I've ever owned. I finally found a saddle that fits and balances me perfectly and there was an immediate difference in my horse's gaits!


        • #5
          I bought one for jumpers and it fit terribly. My horse hated it and I did too. Maybe they're good for dressage, but not worth the $3k for jumping. I had to sell it on eBay for a loss after less than a year trying to get it adjusted right.

          They talk a good talk though. Clinic was informative.


          • #6
            My husband and his father both have custom made saddles from Schleese (jumpers).

            They are really well made saddles and I've never heard any complaints about them. I really can't tell much about the ride tho because they are WAY too big for me!
            The more you stir the $hit, the more it stinks.


            • #7
              Have you done a search here? You'll find all sorts of information. Some of it good...
              ~~Some days are a total waste of makeup.~~


              • #8
                Do a search on COTH because there has been a fair bit of discussion about Schleese and Jochen. I popped in where I board one day to check out a saddle fitting clinic with Jochen, learned so much about horse anatomy and saddle fit, ended up trying out a JES Elite much to the dramatic delight of my mare, and ordered one that day. It was expensive yet I have absolutely no regrets about the purchase. Every single time I ride I appreciate my saddle and that I made this purchase/investment. The quality is excellent and my mare loves the adjustments when they're needed (she keeps developing her topline more). I learn something more every time I watch saddle fitting at my barn, whether it's with Jochen or Denise.

                It's important to note that the different saddles Schleese offers fit the horses differently and fit the rider differently. There are a number of Schleese models owned at my barn so one day we tried each others' out only to find there were some we really liked and others not so much for our personal fit. When I swing up into my saddle I just readily shift into correct position without any effort. My mare moves so well and is happier with our saddle. Jochen is amazing at fitting the horse and rider. Denise typically comes to our barn these days and has also done an excellent job fitting horse and rider.


                • #9
                  I had my saddle fitted by Jochen and he did a marvelous job of taking my e-bay impulse by and making it something that could work for us. It probably needs another adjustment now and I'm hesitating to spend the $$ to go down again, but I probably should.


                  • #10
                    Ambrey- there is a Schleese clinic in SoCal from 18-24Aug. http://www.schleese.com/Schedule I have a call into Margo Lovett to find out when and where- last year they came to Tar Farm and Sycamore in San Juan Cap. I need to get my saddle refitted and I'm hoping they come to Tar again so I don't need to trailer my mare over to Sycamore!

                    I haven't heard back from Margot yet but when I do I will post here and let you know- maybe you can arrange to have your horse at one of teh locations.
                    ~Living the life I imagined~


                    • #11
                      Ambrey- talked to Margo last night and the OC date is 21Aug at Sycamore. They are starting at 9am but both the 9am and 10am (me!) slots are already booked. FYI.
                      ~Living the life I imagined~


                      • #12
                        Oy, I'm hauling down there for the 14th, there's no way I can justify it the following weekend too! Sigh, poor Smokey will have to wait

                        Some day I'll have a trailer. Some day