Originally Posted by Brighteyes
I was told by a friend that I was "too light" to ride treeless.
In endurance terms, I'm a "featherweight," I suppose. 130 pounds. My friend said the saddle wouldn't "stay put correctly."
Like all things, it depends on your horse and you.
I rode the last 18 miles of the Vermont 100 without a girth or breastcollar on my treeless saddle (a Torsion with a skito pad) and "stayed put" just fine. [I am a featherweight if riding in the treeless.] It also stays put just fine when I use all the normal equipment, and that includes mounting from the ground if necessary.
DH (who is a lightweight) used a treeless (a Bob Marshall) on Sultan and George for several years. George did fine with it, but Sultan developed back issues, which led to girthiness and lameness regardless of pads, etc. Now Sultan is going in a treed Rubicon (from the Arabian Saddle company) and doing great - he moves out much better and we haven't had any more issues.
Dream goes in a Free'N'Easy. It weighs a ton, but it fits her perfectly so I have no desire to look for something else (and I only say really bad things about it at the last hold of a 100, when its time to retack
George has recently acquired a Rubicon of his own, as Dean really likes the one Sultan has. Gamer is going in the Torsion, as I expect her back to change as she comes into work (and she is currently shaped like an oil drum, needing an extra-extra-wide tree.. so I hope that changes in time!).