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post #1 of 9 Old 06-20-2010, 06:51 PM Thread Starter
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Opinions: Treeless Saddles

What is everyone's opinions on treeless saddles? I like that they look like the "real" thing, and are so versitile with so many horses (shapes and sizes) but I'm not sure how well they work.

Anyone here have any experience/opinions with them?
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post #2 of 9 Old 06-28-2010, 10:38 PM Thread Starter
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No one has an opinion on the treeless saddles?
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post #3 of 9 Old 06-29-2010, 06:49 AM
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Friend of mine has one and love it. However the treeless saddle requires special (expensive) pad, you can't get on from ground (as it may slip), and I was told it's not a good alternative if your horse throws a buck once in while (or more often ). I personally like the tree because I'm not small and I prefer my weight to be distributed.
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post #4 of 9 Old 06-29-2010, 08:36 AM Thread Starter
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Yea, I've been doing some research on it too, and was initially interested in them b/c my TB is gaining weight (slowly). He's almost 16.2 hands and only 990 lbs (and is up almost 200 lbss) and as he continues to gain weight and muscle up his shape will change. But then, after I posted last night, I read that they're not good for horses with a prominant spine...which is def. my boy. I guess they're better for wider backed horses?

But I'm still interested in what others think of them, and what their experiences with them are.
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post #5 of 9 Old 07-01-2010, 11:01 PM
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My local tack shop had two Bob Marshall western saddles, used. I sat in both on a saddle stand. There is a seam that runs down the center of the seat, a welt seam like for blue jeans. I could feel that seam, more on one saddle than the other. I just thought I'd mention that. I would not want either of those two particular saddles, just for that reason.
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post #6 of 9 Old 07-03-2010, 06:37 AM
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Friend of mine has a Barefoot Chyenne saddle & she loves it to bits.Its VERY comfy to ride in & I will be getting a treeless for my SHire boy once he is a bit older. He is only three so not really ready to spead much money on a saddle for him just yet LOL
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post #7 of 9 Old 07-04-2010, 12:28 PM
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Recently bought a Bob Marshall Endurance model. I was debating but what sold me was when I tried a friend's trail model and I could feel every move of my horse's back. It's crazy.

Now I am not saying they are for everyone, and I may not like this in the long run and go back to a treed saddle. They do have a wider twist so I wouldn't want to ride one on a wide horse. I also tried a Freeform and didn't like it, but others love them. Different people like different kinds, and different kinds fit various horses better. So they aren't the total solution to saddle fit issues for everyone. And you wouldn't want one for your prominent spined horse.

You do need a pad with spinal clearance since these saddles don't have the tree to distribute weight and keep the saddle off the spine. (I ordered a Skito, sent in photos and they are adding shims bc my horse has some dips behind the shoulders.) You don't usually feel that seam on a BM. Guess if it bothered a person they could buy a wool seat saver.

I can mount from the ground. Not everyone can. Depends again on the saddle, the horse, the rider. Some people find it helps to use a breast collar and/or crupper.

There are demo programs for almost every kind of treeless where you can pay for shipping and try them out for several days. The problem with this is it can get pricey if you haven't narrowed it down at all. And avoid the cheap knockoffs!
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post #8 of 9 Old 07-05-2010, 05:00 PM
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I personally love the Barefoot treeless saddles. Then again, I'm a crazy teenager who does cross country, bareback :P

The one big complaint I've heard from many people who ride in treeless saddles is that there isn't a whole lot of support if your horse is misbehaving. If you can sit a big buck bareback, you'll be fine! If your horse doesn't have much spook/buck/rear/bolt in him/her, you'll be fine as well. But I wouldn't reccomend one for a young/inexperienced/badly behaved horse, just because the things you can do in a saddle aren't always things you can do in a treeless.

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post #9 of 9 Old 07-05-2010, 06:45 PM
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Horsegirlmaddy - what model BFT do you have?

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