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post #1 of 4 Old 03-08-2012, 11:07 PM Thread Starter
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Exclamation Newbie* Thoughts on Treeless Barrel Saddles?

Hello horse world ! lol this is so exciting, anywho, to get to the point, i was curious on what some serious barrel racers thoughts were on treeless saddles.

most of my barrel friends like the old fashion sturdy tree saddles, circle y's and stuff.

HOWEVER, i love my horse too much and all this yip yap on how wonderful a treeless saddle could be on your horses back has got me thinking that my boy needs a treeless.

I would jump right on it it, but I also want to run him in barrels (small time, im no pro).

Question is (or questions*): Are there any good brands that wont put a hole in my pocket? Will a treeless saddle still give me the support i need coming onto and off of barrels? do they hold up well? Any other info would be greatly appreciated !

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Look for a Used Bob Marshall Treeless saddle ! THEY ARE THE BEST!! Usually $500-$900 Used
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post #3 of 4 Old 03-12-2012, 07:59 PM
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^^ I agree. One of my friends has a Bob Marshall and she loves it. At one time she was even asked if she would sell it and she said "no way!!" haha
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Treeless is all I use anymore, I have 2 Bob Marshalls and 1 Circle Y Bob Marshall.

They ride different then a treed if your not used to them, so before you jump into it I would find somebody that would let you borrow one of theres for a week or for a few rides so you can get the feel of it. I have heard a lot of people say they hated them but after a few more rides they got used to how they rode. They sit you deep and hold you in good when you need it but doesn't interfere if you ever needed to get out in a emergency.

When buying them used make sure they are not abused....because if you get a crappy treeless your life will be a miserable one after awhile. Make sure it is in good condition NO folds in the seat (means it is broken down and not good for you or the horse if it folds in the middle) and overall a nice saddle. Which is one of the reasons why I like the BMs over the CYs, they hold up better then the CYs overtime. So it is hard to find a used one it very good condition for a steal deal unless the rare occasion (not usually under $800)....but every now and again you find that great deal.

So enough of me blabbing and rambling....I love my treeless, haven't had a problem in the many years I have rode in them. I know a lot of fellow barrel racers that use them as well.

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