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post #11 of 35 Old 05-28-2011, 01:58 PM
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I agree with you Guilherme but I know the fellow that made the saddle that I am referring to. Most saddles out there are just made on Quarter horse bars with little to no change in the tree. However Freedom Saddles are made on different tree that was made after measuring hundreds of horses. Don't believe me, then look up Larry Whitesell on the internet and call him and ask him. Will they fit every gaited horse, no but does any one kind of saddle fit any one breed of horses, NO.
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post #12 of 35 Old 06-05-2011, 09:47 AM
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I hope I am not opening up a can of worms here, but I just want to put this out here. I have seen the freedom saddle and I sat in a couple and wasn't really that impressed comparing it to some others on the market. That's just my personal opinion.

First I want to point out that Larry Whitesell like Clinton Anderson, Pat Parelli and the rest is first and foremost a trainer. They all find something they like and everyone of them markets a specific brand under their name. Is it better than some of the other saddles on the market out there? Not necessarily so, but I can guarantee it is always pricier.

It's like now with Tucker they are making a "gaited" horse saddle. Turns out it is not for every gaited horse, but more for the style of TWH that has the A frame build.

Whenever you are looking for a saddle to fit use the advice of your saddle retailer and their rep since they know how the product is built and will ask you the right questions.

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post #13 of 35 Old 06-05-2011, 10:41 PM
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This is Hope. She is an 11 year old purebred TWH and has a flat back. Because of her breeding, she is a stocky type and a gaited saddle just will not work for her. Even a little rock in a saddle will bridge and lift off her back.
She is currently in a FQHB non-gaited Fabtron saddle and so far it serves us both well

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post #14 of 35 Old 06-06-2011, 04:04 PM
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Macslady, I agree that all trainers will try and get you to buy "their" product but Larry does not endorse or make money from the Freedom Saddles, at least from what he says. Also the Freedom saddles can be ordered to fit the rider by adding padding in specific areas and wither traced to fit the horse.

Silverdolarmagic, all I can say if it works for you and is not ill fitting for your horse, good.
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Well he does endorse them, the minute you state you prefer or admire any product is when you endorse it whether you get paid or not. I was at the Horse Fair in Madison, WI this year and he was not only endorsing them there, but also on RFD TV during a segment. They had 3 saddles for sale at the horse fair, all for $1800 plus.

Someone on another forum has a demo Freedom saddle for sale for $1800. If they are so concerned about fit why would they list it on a forum to sell it?

I agree to disagree, sometimes the cost of a product does not make it the do all and end all. I think OrthoFlex is one of the prime examples. The saddle made to fit almost every horse didn't fit a single horse I had gaited or non gaited and that was both the old and new style.

Another point why spend that much money when horses change shape over the years. Every try to sell or trade in one of them. You can if you are lucky usually get about half the original cost. I don't know about everyone, but I don't like to burn money up like that.

I buy what fits, not what says it will fit.

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Well he does endorse them, the minute you state you prefer or admire any product is when you endorse it whether you get paid or not. I was at the Horse Fair in Madison, WI this year and he was not only endorsing them there, but also on RFD TV during a segment. They had 3 saddles for sale at the horse fair, all for $1800 plus.

Someone on another forum has a demo Freedom saddle for sale for $1800. If they are so concerned about fit why would they list it on a forum to sell it?

I agree to disagree, sometimes the cost of a product does not make it the do all and end all. I think OrthoFlex is one of the prime examples. The saddle made to fit almost every horse didn't fit a single horse I had gaited or non gaited and that was both the old and new style.

Another point why spend that much money when horses change shape over the years. Every try to sell or trade in one of them. You can if you are lucky usually get about half the original cost. I don't know about everyone, but I don't like to burn money up like that.

I buy what fits, not what says it will fit.
Well said.

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Macslady I agree with you but when I tried the saddle at the clinic my horse changed, maybe it was just cause she had more freedom in the saddle than my old saddle, not sure.
I agree to disagree, defintely the cost is not representative of how well it fits horse or rider.
I agree that horses always change shape, so do you buy another saddle every year when your horse changes shape? I wouldn't want to burn money up that way either!
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Someone on another forum has a demo Freedom saddle for sale for $1800. If they are so concerned about fit why would they list it on a forum to sell it?


I would assume that it does not fit them or the horse. I never said it was "the" saddle to end all saddles. I mean have you not ever seen any other high dollar saddles for sale on a forum?


Crates also has saddle that they call "The Freedom Saddle by Meleta Brown", not even sure who Meleta Brown is.
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Unfortunately, not all of us have $2,000 to go out and buy a saddle when we choose to do so, so we go with what works, and what we can afford. For me, that's the Fabtron my mare is sporting. Although it isn't the fanciest thing in the tack room, it is well made, sturdy, & it works ;)
If money was not an issue I would buy the leather version of Fabtron's trail saddle or this one by Big Horn:

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I sat in one of the Big Horns, talk about super cushiony seat! The pommel also bends back (do they call that the bear trap style) and kind of helps keep you seated, but alas my piggy bank was too poor for a new one.

Fabtron is one of the best synthetic saddles on the market and when I hit 80 and my knees can't handle leather fenders anymore I will have one hanging in my tack room!

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