Synopses & Reviews
The wrong saddle, or one that fits incorrectly on a horse, can be harmful to both rider and horse and this book goes into specifics about how to properly fit a saddle while exposing the intricate details of both saddle form and fit. Saddle authority Jochen Schleese delves into issues that apply to all equestrian disciplines with chapters that explain the anatomy of the rider—both female and male, as well as that of children—and how the saddle should accommodate the rider, in addition to sections devoted to the horses biomechanics and the interaction of his structure and motion with the riders. Balance and how the saddle should enable the rider to sit is examined, and riders are introduced to the horses “reflex points” in the saddle region, which can be negatively impacted by poor saddle fit with dire consequences, including lasting—even permanent—damage to the horses body. With an eye toward improving saddle fit and horse well-being, Schleese is careful to explain the ways of determining whether a saddle fits, how to find a knowledgeable saddle fitter, and finally, how to ensure horses remain comfortable in the tack they must wear.
“Schleese’s expertise makes this an informative and interesting read—one that’s sure to have you checking out your saddle the next time you prepare to put it on your horse.”—Practical Horseman
“[A] comprehensive guide to saddle fit for both horses and riders.”—Elite Equestrian
Humans and horses have been joined for thousands of years, and for much of that time, one thing has served as the primary point of physical contact between them: the saddle.
However, for many horses and many riders, the saddle has been no less than a refined means of torture. Horses have long suffered from tree points impeding the movement of their shoulder blades; too narrow gullet channels damaging the muscles and nerves along the vertebrae; and too long panels putting harmful pressure on the reflex point in the loin area. Male riders saddle up despite riding-related pain and the potential for serious side effects, such as impotence, while female riders endure backache, slipped discs, and bladder infections, to name just a few common issues.
We must ask ourselves: How much better could we ride and how much better could our horses perform if our saddles fit optimally? If they accommodated the horses unique conformation and natural asymmetry? If they were built for the differing anatomy of men and women?
The answers to all these questions are right here, right now, in this book.
About the Author
was certified as the youngest Master Saddler ever in Europe in 1984, and in 1986 was asked to be the official saddler for the World Dressage Championship. He received a patent for a revolutionary saddle design in 1996 and is recognized as an authority on horse saddles.