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June 25, 2012
Certified Saddle Fitting Technician (SFT)
Ruah Ranch was fortunate in being able to host a lecture by Kristen Vliestra, Saddle Fitting Technician, on June 25th at the Ranch. Kristen spent nearly two hours explaining the structure of the horse’s back and how a saddle should be designed to best interface with that structure. Ranch resident, Socrates, a pinto gelding, patiently served as a model to illustrate Kristen’s points. Kristen also discussed at length saddle fit with regard to the rider and the differences between men and women with regard to saddle fit. Attendees had the opportunity to sit in different saddles and observed how the saddle design affected them. Though she’d been working with horses and riders since the early morning hours, Kristen took time to answer a plethora of questions.
While Kristen can work with any saddle to maximize the fit for horse and rider, she has been a representative for Schleese Saddlery since 2001. Schleese Saddlery founder, Jochen Schleese, specializes in saddles for the female rider. Anyone interested in learning more about Schleese Saddlery and/or Kristen’s services in the Willamette Valley can contact the Ranch for more information or visit the Schleese Saddlery website.
By Kristen Vleitstra
The length of the saddle on your horse can really effect their comfort and relaxation
in a ride. Whether your horse is short backed or long-
Reprinted from Saddle Fit News, September 2007
SADDLE FIT TIP