Hello everyone! My horse outgrew her saddle so I am in the market for a new one. The idea of an adjustable tree sounds really nice to me, if almost too good to be true. My horse has a round, muscled back and tends to change shape with the seasons so Iím worried that a normal saddle wonít fit her for very long. Right now I am trying to gather more information and I would love to hear your opinions and experiences with adjustable trees.
After much research, this is my conclusion so far on some of the brands:
M. Toulouse: The saddles are cough-ugly-cough, I don't want a seat that deep or panels that huge. Plus, it seems to me that the tree would be very V-shaped by design when my horse probably needs more of a U-shape.
Courbette E-Motion tree: From what I can gather, it is a nice idea in theory but not in practice. Plus I read that recessed stirrup bars can cause pressure points.
Schleese: It seems that people either love them or hate them. Their customer service is supposed to be inconsistent, but I donít think that there are any representatives near me anyway. The flair panels are supposed to make the saddle heavy and ride like a beach ball. I do like that the bars point backwards, and I like the wide gullet channel.
These were the only brands that I was able to find a lot of information on. Rembrandt, Kieffer, and Prestige are supposed to have some models with adjustable trees too. Does anyone know about how they work or whether I should consider them?
I guess what Iím asking is if itís worth the extra time and research to get a saddle with an adjustable tree. Iím trying to solve a problem but I donít want to create even more trouble! Should I just get a normal saddle and trade it for another when my horse gets wider? Iím worried that if I do that, even if I buy used I will still lose money (and time) in the process. I do have my eye on some Duetts listed on E-bay.
Thank you in advance everyone!