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With so many schools of thought within the world of saddle fitting, it can be difficult to determine what and who to trust. When it comes to evidence-based saddle fit that protects both horse and rider from preventable pain and injury, our courses are the pinnacle of saddle fit education. We have partnered with physicians, veterinarians, researchers, and all manner of equine and human professional to bring you the most comprehensive training.
Our step-by-step process distilled from thousands of hours of hands-on experience, coupled with decades worth of knowledge from a collective group of experts and professionals means we’ve done all the hard work so you don’t have to!
Trusted around the world by professionals from every facet of the equine industry, even already practicing saddle-fitters!
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If you ride horses in any capacity, this course will help you protect yourself and your horse from saddle-related pain and injury.
At Saddlefit 4 Life we’ve worked with thousands of riders around the world and understand the struggle in finding a qualified fitter or a saddle that works for both you and your horse.
Saddle fitting shouldn’t be confusing or frustrating.
Walk into any tack shop and you’ll see that there is no shortage of specialty pad, girth, riser or other auxiliary aid to fix some sort of saddle fit issue. The biggest problem with these quick-fixes is that most people use them without understanding the sometimes severe and lasting consequences.
Worse still, people don’t actually know WHY their saddle doesn’t fit, or what specific areas are a concern. Without an accurate, detailed and evidence-based assessment, it’s just money down the drain.
Too often we see people spend hundreds on specialty this and that, when in reality their saddle just doesn’t fit, and no gimmick can change that.
Now, more than ever, with the modern breeding of horses with shorter and shorter backs, do we need people who will speak up for the horse, protect their well-being and provide PROPER saddle fitting expertise and service.
Regardless of the style of saddle you’re fitting, a horse is still a horse, and the structures and the biomechanics need to be protected and supported.
It’s that core understanding and our fundamental principles that will help you prevent unnecessary and avoidable pain, injury and lameness in the horse and rider.
I undertook the SF4L Equine Ergonomist Externship/Course to learn more about saddle fitting both for my horse & for other horses in the Northern Territory (Australia) community. The Externship is very detailed with assessments of riders ,horses & saddles & written assessments. Lots of reading - especially Jochen's book "Suffering in Silence" & his video clips. I have been able to assess the fit of my saddles on my Warmblood horse, & appreciate the positive changes that occur with a saddle that fits both horse & rider. I have developed knowledge, skills & confidence in saddle fitting, so that I can help local riders understand saddle fit for their horses & to know the basics of what the ideal saddle should look like. I will continue to offer my CEE services to the local Northern Territory (Australia) community so that horses & riders can benefit. By riders knowing more about saddle fit, more saddle manufacturers will be pressured to develop better fitting fully adjustable saddles. The Saddlefit 4 Life course and externship has given me many answers as to why my performance horses over the years have had discomfort, pain & injury from ill fitting saddles(despite consulting with saddlers & other learned people - who did not know! ) I encourage all riders to do this course.
Doing the Saddlefit 4 Life CEE course was eye opening to the vast amount of detail that goes into fitting a saddle correctly to both horse and rider. There are so many important details that get overlooked so easily. At first, before I did the course, I thought I was passionate about helping horse and rider and I signed up, but now I have become obsessed and driven to help find solutions to the problems that we face in the saddle and on the horse. I learn through my own past mistakes every day by reminiscing about my life and riding career with my retired mare and how I could not help her due to lack of knowledge so many years ago, now that I know what I did not know back then... What really has become clear to me is the amount of pain and discomfort these dear horses endure, simply because we don't realize that they are are suffering. Behavior changes and bad behavior patterns, clear or subtle, are a result of us not listening to the horse. We are not educated and informed enough, so we don't hear what they say to us or how they say it to us. I focus on listening.... I intend to help and educate and learn together with my clients as much as I possibly can, both horse and rider, and to ensure that they are happier and more comfortable in and under saddle so that quality of life and life expectancy can be extended and ensured through education and guidance to each and every client and horse that I meet on my journey. I am very excited about this path that I have chosen.
The Certified Equine Ergonomist course exceeded my expectations. Over the last few years, I have become more interested in saddle fitting, mainly because of my pony mare. I wanted to find a comprehensive educational program where I would learn what to focus on when choosing a saddle and what to look out for. After a coincidence, I enrolled in the Saddlefit4life educational program and I am glad that I decided to do so. The course was very comprehensive, information based on knowledge of horse anatomy and biomechanics. I gained a lot of new information, skills and I began to understand the context. At the same time, I was thrilled by the saddle fit, so I will definitely be educating and improving in this direction.
Becoming a CEE was one of the most eye-opening experiences of my horse career. I have been riding and competing in various western events my whole life, but I never understood the impact a saddle had on a horse and rider's performance and quality of life. Through the CEE course, I now have a thorough grasp on the multitude of variables that contribute to a well-fitted saddle all backed by science. With this skill, I plan to help other people who, like me, are looking for a way to remove the barriers of communication and improve their riding partnership.
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Our Saddle Fitting Essentials for Equine & Rider Health course is truly unlike any other saddle fitting course you’ve ever seen.
Because it’s NOT about sales, making exceptions or blindly following damaging traditions, but instead it focuses entirely on RESPECTING the anatomy of the horse and rider, and fitting to the unique and specific needs based on our trusted and often poorly mimicked 80+ point evaluation.
Instead of focusing on a single facet of saddle fitting, we have developed an easy to understand and follow foundational course that brings all the pieces of the puzzle together, answering your burning questions not just of HOW, but also WHY.
It’s a process that is trusted by veterinarians, bodyworkers and other equine professionals globally, and for good reason. It works, it makes sense and is repeatable. No other saddle fitting system is as comprehensive or accurate.
You’ve already been there, or are there now.
Calling out saddle fitter after saddle fitting, trying saddle after saddle only to be no further than where you are now, or you’re worse off than before! You ask 5 different fitters to receive 10 different opinions on the same saddle, all while your horse continues to struggle, or you’re unable to ride comfortably.
You can continue calling out different fitters and spending a small fortune on different saddles…
You can learn the Saddle Fitting Essentials to protect yourself, your horse and your wallet. Don’t waste anymore time or money on maybes, and instead invest in your own knowledge and education so that you don’t need to rely on anyone else.
Ignoring the problem won’t solve it, and quite often will only make it worse.
Saddle fitting isn’t regulated, so you have no protection if a well-meaning but unqualified fitter cripples your horse, or you.
Don’t rely on anyone else to have the best interest of your horse as their first priority, because whether we like to hear it or not, it’s still a business and means of making a livelihood for many.