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 we could ride and how much better our horses could perform if our saddles fit optimally? If they accommodated the horse's 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.
"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
"Jochen Schleese's resumé clearly demonstrates that he is definitely a master in his field, with comprehensive knowledge stemming not only from his training in saddlery but also from his
achievements as a rider." — Dr. Gerd Heuschmann