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    06-13-2013, 09:12 AM
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Originally Posted by EnduranceLover6    
I am luckily only about 40 minutes away from Woodstock and I have been hoping to make it to the Moonlight ride...I would of course LOVE to meet you. Let me know if you will be there...I've offered to crew for a few people so maybe I will see you there
That ride is def on the list. We plan to get all 3 up there and in the 100!!
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    06-13-2013, 11:47 AM
EnduranceLover6 - just out of curiosity, what type of treeless do you have that you don't like. "maybe you didn't mention it because you didn't want to slander them?" So I guess you really don't need to say. I suppose all I really want to know is that it was a different brand other than the sensation and freeform...??

I just bought a freeform, and it seems that the only two treeless saddles that people keep raving the most about are the sensations and freeforms.

You may already know this, but the freeform has pads you can use to create more support.

I can't give you my opinion on it yet cus it's in the mail. But from all the reading I've done on em I think I'm going to be VERY happy with it.
    06-13-2013, 12:09 PM
Has anyone tried the Torsion or Barefoot?
    06-13-2013, 04:30 PM
Beautiful horse!!!!!!

Saddle fitting is a big fat pain! Good luck on finding the one just right for you and your horse.
    06-13-2013, 08:05 PM
Thank you everyone.

Totalfreedom--I currently have a Bandos treeless saddle that is an older model produced by Freeform, Chris Martin made them and they are no longer in production. I actually love the saddle but I want another treeless with a VPS system for more spinal protection, which the Bandos does not have. I love both Sensation & Freeform and I think you will be VERY happy with your new Freeform post pictures when it arrives!

Saddlebag--yes I have ridden in both a Torsion and Barefoot. Personally I hated my torsion due to the position it put me in (chair seat) however that also has a lot to do on the individual person riding in it as well as the horse. Barefoot is good and I think they make great saddles. I might look into one once my saddle sells, but I still have my fingers crossed for a Sensation or Bob Marshall

Phantomhorse---so exciting! If I don't see you there I wish you and all 3 horses the best of luck!
    06-15-2013, 03:40 PM
I got my new Aussie in that was built for Luka and I think I'm going to like it. We'll see after a good long ride next week if we do. Took a 6 miler out today at a trot and walk and it seemed to be good. Checked his back and his sweat patterns were all even and wet. Got his Equipedic saddle pad delivered right when we got back, figures, lol! I plan to use it under the saddle on our next ride. I love that it weighs around 17 lbs and it's got lots of rings for attaching things. It looks like an english/aussie hybrid.

My next purchase this week is the saddle bags. I think I'm going to get the Super Uni SnugPax. Then another breast collar. I already have a leather one for now that fits him nicely, but I want to get a zilco one.

Here are a couple of pics of what he used to do :) (they shave them down there. He looks like a different horse when shaved down!) and him with the new saddle. He no longer has to be prancing around a ring. Now we hit the trails :) but he still has his Arab flair, ;)


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    06-15-2013, 10:27 PM
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Originally Posted by Saddlebag    
Has anyone tried the Torsion or Barefoot?
I have a Torsion. We currently use it on George normally and I use it if I happen to catch ride for someone.
    06-15-2013, 10:33 PM
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Originally Posted by Horsesaplenty    
My next purchase this week is the saddle bags.
I notice your halter is green, is that the color of your tack too?

I have a barely-used hunter green stowaway deluxe pommel bag for sale if you are interested:

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    06-15-2013, 11:32 PM
The halter is a teal with blue streaks, but actually all his gear will be royal blue. But I still trail ride a lot with my other horses and dd (and people ride with me sometimes too). Let me know what you want for it. My new saddle doesnt really have hookups for a large pommel bag, I'll have to go with a streamlined version.
Originally Posted by phantomhorse13    
I notice your halter is green, is that the color of your tack too?

I have a barely-used hunter green stowaway deluxe pommel bag for sale if you are interested:

    07-04-2013, 02:03 AM
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EnduranceLover6, congrats on your recent ride especially the 99% vetting!

I too have a very short-backed mutton withered horse that I have had many saddle fitting difficulty with! He is a Rocky Mountain horse 14.3h and wears a 69" sheet! I am not sure about the rib lengh measurement you are refering too, but she can't be much shorter than my boy!

I currently am riding in a Fabtron saddle. It is a 15" saddle and the only one I have found to fit. It was the saddle I used for kids, and it has fit every single horse I have tried it on! Including a 16h AngloArab/Percheron with a wide, long back; a 14.1h QH mare; a 15.3h skinny TB/Paint; etc.

I had never used it before, thinking it was just for kids, but one day sat in it and realized it was an adult it works!

I happen to have two of them, same size, make & model and have one of them for sale. I would sell it for $200 + shipping OBO.

I am planning on trying the Barefoot Tahoe on a Demo basis cause I hate the horn (I may just saw it off one day) and I read the Barefoot all have the support system you were refering to. They have models as low as $600 new, so you might want to look into them as well.

I am posting a picture of Chivas my RMHA gelding in the Fabtron and the Barefoot Tahoe I am going to Demo.

I would never sell both of the Fabtrons, because they seem to fit any horse, but I don't need two of them anymore since my girls both ride in 16" Wintecs now, one Pro Dressage, one Pro 2000.
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