Okay, I would love everybody's opinions on fiberglass trees. I've heard of hollow fiberglass trees (for light weight barrel racing) and rawhide wrapped fiberglass trees (for sturdiness and strength). Also fiberglass coated wood trees. (for water-proofing and strength) In my own opinion, I want to stay away from getting a saddle with a fiberglass tree. Whether it's any of them stated above. But getting a nice saddle with a tree worth buying is probably going to cost me a good chunk of change. I only have about $500 to spend on a saddle, if that. But anyways (I'm straying from my point) I just want to know what people think about trees with fiberglass. Whether it's hollow fiberglass, rawhide-covered fiberglass, or fiberglass-covered wood. What are your experiences? Would they even be worth a try? Thanks!
Hollow Fiberglass - 100% Junk
Hollow Fiberglas with Rawhide wrapping - A Lie and 100% Junk
Theses are found in Junk Saddles from India
Ralide uses a Plastic polymer and are solid.... not to be confused with the above fiberglass trees.
Ralide are found in many US made Brands, even some models made by Circle Y in their High Horse Lineup.
Most trees in Better Saddles are Solid Wood with a Fiberglass and Resin Covering.
Some model use a Solid wood tree covered first with fiberglass and then with with a rawhide or bullhide covering, but they are heavy and expensive.
If 500.00 is your price range, look for a used saddle. The 400-500.00 New Saddles are 99% of the time Junk.
BTW, here is a picture of a Fiberglass tree with what the imports call rawhide wrapping, notice the purple looking stuff around the edges of the bars in the Tree? Yup, it is as thin as it looks and is useless, thus the reason for calling it a lie
Also notice the circled part with the arrows pointing to the cracks in the tree, this saddle was used 1 time by a 105lb person and taken apart to find out what happened...