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post #1 of 5 Old 08-29-2010, 11:02 AM Thread Starter
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Finally got my baby a saddle :D But now I need help please!!

Hey guys,

Finally got my barefoot cheyenne so I can begin to start my youngster properly so im sooo happy

I will post pics when I can but at the moment the only ones I have are on my phone and I can't upload them onto comp

Anyways, it comes with barefoot grandeur pad, lightweight stirrups and barefoot dressage? Girth so im all set. Tried it on him and its fine but my questions are..

Where should it be positioned? Iv heard seat should be where you sit bareback but then it seems like its too much over his withers so any pictures of correctly postioned treeless or just tell me how please
Also, how do I know if the pommel insert is the right width? Its the standard one but he doesnt have particularly high withers and he's reasonably wide but when I read on website it says only draft/very wide horses need to go up a size in pommel inserts so im not sure

Iv also seen people on here stuffing their pommels and cantles with stuff, could someone explain why please?

Thanks
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post #2 of 5 Old 08-29-2010, 11:35 AM
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What type of saddle is it? I've never heard of a barefoot cheyenne. If it is an english saddle though I might be able to help. :)

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post #3 of 5 Old 08-29-2010, 12:25 PM Thread Starter
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Its a treeless saddle.. Its english I guess =/ Look up barefoot on google and its the cheyenne model
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post #4 of 5 Old 08-30-2010, 07:44 AM
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You should sit it about where you would a normal english saddle. I like the pommel to be just a bit more forward, the front edge just over the shoulder blade.

You fit the pommel by taking the pommel out of the saddle. Put it on the horse about where you'd want it when saddling. The angle of the bottom of the pommel should match up with the horse's shoulders. If the bottom is flatter than the horse by only a little, that's fine as your pad should make up for that. If the bottom is very flat, you need the next narrower pommel. If the bottom is steeper, so the outside edge puts the most pressure on your horse, then you need the next wider pommel.

Barefoot also makes a "soft pommel" for horses that are super flat/wide at the shoulder. This one will mold to the shape of your horse, but has more substance than stuffing the pommel with rags or batting like some have done. Stuffing the pommel gives you a little stability while riding, but allows the saddle to mold to the horse's back. It works best for horses that have no withers and are very, very wide at the shoulders. Horses with any kind of descernable wither should use one of the pommel inserts.
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post #5 of 5 Old 08-30-2010, 09:30 AM
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Please everyone keep inmind that treeless saddles do need the same sort of fitting attention that treed saddles do. Many think that treeless = fits everything, guaranteed. Not true. Treeless saddles can have the same fitting problems. Just a disclaimer.
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