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Susan & David Hartje

Plymouth, CA

209-245-3789

Saddlesthatfit@gmail.com

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THE PROBLEM:

Do you have the SYMPTOMS?

               What is your horse telling you?

Is your saddle fighting you?

 

Why are there so many Saddle Fit Problems?

    But I had a custom saddle made...

My horse doesn't complain, but we can't progress...

When it might Not be your saddle's fault...

 

THE SOLUTION:

Learn how to tell what fits for yourself!

Hands-on learning opportunities - Clinic Schedule

Elements of Saddle Fit

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Experience really does count in resolving saddle fit problems.

 

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                  The importance of checking

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Susan’s Horsemanship Experience

Centered Riding Instructor Certification, Level I: 2009,  Update - 2012, 2014, 2016
Susan Harris, Level IV, Centered Riding Clinics/Update: 2015, 2016
Karen Irland, Level IV, Centered Riding Clinics/Update: 2012, 2014
Sue Leffler, Level IV, Centered Riding Clinic: 2014
Sally Haney & Sam Morrison, Level IV, Centered Riding Symposium & Update: 2012
Mary Fenton, Level IV, Centered Riding Clinics & Certification: 2007, 2009
Dawn Ruthven, Level IV, Centered Riding Clinic: 2008
Dressage Lessons, Zsuzsu Illes, Classical ReBalance Riding: 2009 - ongoing
Gaited Horsemanship Clinics, Larry Whitesell: 2008, 2011, 2014
Training From the Horse’s Point of View, Harry Whitney,: 2002 – 2005, 2009, 2010
Horsemanship From The Heart, Julie Carpenter,: 2000 – 2009; Apprenticeship, 2000
Horsemanship Clinics, Kathleen Lindley, Author, Trainer: 2006 –2011
Horsemanship Clinics, Mark Rashid, Author, Trainer: 2006 – 2009

Susan's Advanced Saddle Fitting Education

Borne/Sankey Saddle Fitting Advanced Training: Fit, Flocking & Repair
– Andy Sankey, Certified Master Saddler, 2009, 2010, 2013
Advanced Saddle Fitting – Dr. Joyce Harman, DMV & Wendy Murdoch, 2007 (read about it)
English Saddle Flocking & Fitting (video course)
 – Malan Goddard, Qualified Master Saddler, 2002
English Saddle Repair (video course) – Malan Goddard, QMS, Cambridge, England, 2002
Self-Directed Research with Equine Experts and English & Western saddle makers including:
Frank Baines, Frank Baines Saddlery: 2006 – 2017
Ideal Saddlery, Duett Saddlery, Toulouse Saddlery, Kent & Masters Saddlery - ongoing
Dr. Kerry Ridgeway, DVM, Lameness & Saddle Fit Expert: 2006, 2010, 2012
Jeremiah Johnson, Flying N Saddlery: 2005 - 2006
Dr. Joyce Harman, DVM, Saddle Fit Expert: 2005
Dr. Deb Bennet, Equine Biomechanics: 2001- 2003
Dave Genadek, About The Horse, Western Saddle maker: 2001 - 2003
Ongoing Equine research – direct equine responses to saddle trials, 2000 - ongoing

Susan's Equine Bio-mechanical/Health Studies

Visionary Equine Cranio Sacral Therapy, Instructor Tracy Vroom
Levels 1-7, 2014 - 2016 - Full Certification Oct. 2016
Alexander Technique, Movement for Riders & Horses, Carolene Miller, 2016, 2017
Understanding Your Horse's Movement, Jillian Kreinbring, MS, 2014
Horse In Balance Symposium, Dr. Kerry Ridgeway, DVM, & Colonel Christian Carde, 2012
Lameness & Saddle Fit, Dr. Kerry Ridgeway, DVM: 2009, 2010, 2012
ReBalance Biomechanics of Classical Riding, Zsuzsu Illes: 2009 - 2016
Feldenkrais, Movement for Horses & Riders: Class, Oct. 2008 – Jan 2009
Personal Feldenkrais lessons with Helen Harvey: 2007 – ongoing
Equine Touch, Myofacial Release, Jock & Ivana Ruddock:
Level I Certification: April 2006
Gaited Horse Mechanics, Liz Graves: 2003, 2007

Susan's General Education & Experience

Bachelors Degree, BA – PennState University, PA 1986
Journalism Major, Anthropology Minor
Masters, MS (ABT) – University of Utah, UT, 1994
Interpersonal Communications & Public Relations
Advanced Adult Education Teaching Certifications, 1995 - 2000
Employee & Management Training Certifications, 1995 - 2000
Emergency Response & Employee Safety, 1995 – 1999
CPR Certification, 1997, 2009 - ongoing

 

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