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post #1 of 22 Old 06-20-2011, 03:43 PM Thread Starter
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cheap ebay treeless saddles

why are they different from the $500+ saddles?

I am not looking to buy one, I just want to know the difference other than the leather quality being not so great in comparison. Because I always see these on ebay.

All Purpose Treeless Jumping Saddle 16'', 17" and 18" | eBay

Tell me why this cheap one is bad, it looks to be descent for someone that would want to hack around.
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post #2 of 22 Old 06-21-2011, 05:55 PM
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I too would like to know as I'm not knowledgeable with treeless saddles. That particular one looks quite attractive, though I'm willing to bet would not last as long as a better made one.

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we have one of these:

Leather Dressage Treeless Saddle + Leathers + Irons | eBay

Not awful, I actually like it, but it is not the best quality.
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Cheap quality, cheap labor, cheap product.
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^Exactly.

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I would not trust the "quality" of a cheap eBay saddle. Maybe I'd buy one if I needed tacky decoration, but I would never use one on a horse.
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The biggest difference is the design. Higher end treeless/flex tree saddles have been slaved over for years, perfecting the design to work they way they are supposed to. I've seen some of the cheap ones have halfway decent reviews but they almost always say that they are good for the money...that doesn't mean they are great.

Not to get on a soap box about anything but treeless doesn't mean fits all. Some people (not saying you...just chatter I have heard) think that a treeless saddle will be the answer to every saddle problem they could ever have. In all honesty, on some backs, treeless can be a bigger nightmare.

A saddle tree is a very well thought out piece of tack. It distributes weight equally over the entire span of the horses back from front to back. When it is well fitted, a riders weight spreads over the area of the saddle. Treeless saddles *can* let the weight fall where it lies the most, in the seat. In the long run, it may fit your horse (or horses) really well but can still make them back sore because of the lack of weight distribution.

I have an extremely hard to fit TB and I briefly considered treeless. Once I did my research, I decided against it simply because I am a larger rider on a narrow horse. He has his work cut out for him carrying me around...I don't need to put all that weight in one little area.
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Not to get on a soap box about anything but treeless doesn't mean fits all. Some people (not saying you...just chatter I have heard) think that a treeless saddle will be the answer to every saddle problem they could ever have. In all honesty, on some backs, treeless can be a bigger nightmare.
Very true. I also want to add on top of it that treeless saddle is not a way to go if horse throws bucks. As well as if rider is unbalanced.

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I am not an advocate for treeless saddles, however, I do know that they require a good rider with excellent balance. As for soring the back of the horse, well I know several folks who own and use them even on trail and their horses have no sore backs.

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