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    08-17-2010, 04:04 PM
Barefoot Cheyenne Saddle :D

Hi guys, another question.. (Sorry but I like to learn)

Well I went to see a treeless saddle today because a lady down the road from me was selling one, and after a lot of research and thinking(because I hated them before) I decided it was the best saddle for my youngster.

Well it was a size 2 so I thought it would be too long for my boy and too big for me(im dress size 10/12) but I sat in it on the ladys horse and it was perfect for me :) and her horse is same length/size as my boy and it wasnt too long so I took the plunge and put a deposit on it..

Its in really good condition(only used twice), comes with barefoot pad/stirrups and leathers/ and a barefoot dressage? Girth! Its costing me 350. Do you think that was a good price?

I was just wanting people's opinions of them and what disciplines they do in them. Are they okay to jump/show/dressage in or just trail ride?
Is the barefoot pad a good pad(brand new) or should I get another.

It seems to sit quite high on the horses back but I think that's because it has a lot of padding (sheepskin under saddle and under pad and its thick and full-not worn) or do you think that's because it doesnt fit the horse its on? When girthed up and me sat on it looked better.

I got it because its comfortable for trail riding, seems secure and my youngsters going to be changing shape for a while... One thing I am worried about is pressure(i.e where the stirrups are/on spine) but these saddles do have good reviews and the pad has inserts either side of spine.

My final question is the cantle seemed to rise up slightly when girthed up(on her horse). Is this normal? And also, I know you can change the pommels on them to different widths. How can you tell if you need to do that?

Thanks all Sorry for the essay
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    08-18-2010, 03:33 PM
    08-18-2010, 04:32 PM
I'm not sure you can compete in dressage in treeless saddles, but the only reason I say that is a friend got a similar one and kept her old saddle to compete in. I'm not sure if she did this purely for personal reasons or if they aren't allowed, might be something you want to check. She also jumps in that saddle, but not in competitions or anything too high.

As for fitting, I personally would get a saddler to look at the saddle pads as there are so many different things that need to be considered. As far as I'm aware, your position needs to be taken into account whilst sat in the saddle as well as any potential pressure points being caused.

I don't personally have a treeless, so my advice is merely what I saw my friend do. I love her treeless saddle, but hers was nearly 1000 so waaaayy out of my budget. It was comfortable and you can really feel the horse move. I hope you enjoy your new saddle
    08-18-2010, 04:47 PM
    08-19-2010, 12:23 AM
Green Broke
If it's a Barefoot London, I think you can compete at the lower Amateur levels of Dressage, but you'll need to check your rule books. If it's an Endurance shaped Barefoot, then no, you can't show in them.

As long as you use a good pad, then you shouldn't have any problems with stirrup pressure. Just watch your horse and look for dry spots afteryour rides. Dry spots often indicate excess pressure, but the spine should be dry due to the clear chanel of the saddle and pad.

For price, you'll have to shop around the retail stores and see what that package would have run you new cost. If your price was 20% or more lower than the retail price, then you got a good deal.
    08-19-2010, 05:18 AM
I think it is as iv looked at the package deals and its about 100 lower and she got extra items with it. Do you think I should get a breastplate so its extra secure as iv got a youngster or should it be ok? If I should can I get a normal one or do I have to get a barefoot one? Iv got a barefoot physio/grandeur pad(not sure but its a barefoot one) coming with it and its got a thick sheepskin underside and pads either side of spine. Will that be okay?
    08-19-2010, 08:32 AM
Green Broke
The grandeur pads are good. It should be fine for you. I don't know if a normal breastplate will match up right to the rings. You'd have to take it to a shop to try, or borrow one from a friend to see if it will work.
    08-19-2010, 11:59 AM
Thanks Wish I could afford to get it this week but can't until I sell my other saddle :(
    08-21-2010, 01:26 AM
I not long ago got my own second hand Cheyenne, as well! It's so comfy. I also have the Grandeur pad with it. Though mine is a size 1.
My horse is tons better with it. He feels more free moving, and likes cantering more so. And he's spooked once, and I was fine. Though some people say 'It's like it holds me in, when my horse spooks, I don't move an inch' it isn't -THAT- good. It's kinda like a stock saddle.
I was a bit worried about the stirrup attacher thingy as well, but I don't have a mark on my horses back from it, and he doesn't seem to be sore around there.

The only thing I was worried about when I used it, the second time I rode him into a sweat, where I was sitting, and at my thighs, it wasn't sweaty yet. But I contacted the Barefoot site lady, and she said that's the last place that sweats up.
But he seems so much happier with this new saddle, even my un-horsie parent sees the difference.
    08-22-2010, 06:11 AM
Sounds good :)

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