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    01-06-2009, 10:52 PM
  #1
Weanling
Talking Going treeless!

After a year of testing saddle after saddle trying to find one that fit my gelding, I have finally decided to make the official jump to treeless. Regular QH, Full QH, Wide bars, Halfinger saddles....all pinched his shoulders.

I have already ordered a Sensation treeless hybrid, and it should arrive in 4-6 weeks! Luckily, I have a generous friend with a Sensation dressage trail saddle who is allowing me to ride in her saddle until mine arrives!

Surprisingly enough, the Sensation saddles do not feel much different from treed saddles to me. Let's hear it for freedom from soreness FINALLY!

(can you tell I am pretty excited?)
     
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    01-06-2009, 10:59 PM
  #2
Cat
Green Broke
Yippie! I love my treeless and its nice after saddle-fitting woes with my haflinger.
     
    01-08-2009, 02:25 PM
  #3
Foal
I just bought a barefoot saddle- the london dressage one- very excited- should be coming tomorrow and can't wait! I test rode one and fell in love with it! I am extremely surprised that I enjoyed it as much as I did considering that I normally have been a "western" type person. Can't wait to get my own!
     
    01-08-2009, 02:30 PM
  #4
Weanling
Nice! I've thought about getting one of the Bob Marshall saddles for a long time now. If I could find a good deal on a used one from Ebay...
     
    01-08-2009, 04:01 PM
  #5
Green Broke
I use a Bob Marshall endurance and LOVE IT! I don't think I can ever go back to a treed saddle again...

One warning with treeless saddles though, unless you're light weight, your horse has GOOD muscling along the back, AND you have one of the newer saddles that has build in pannels, you need to use a specialized pad to create spinal clearance and distribute weight.

Bob Marshalls, older Barefoot saddles (made 2007 and earlier), and other saddle with no internal weight distribution system do best with Skito Treeless pads with the laminated foam option. I use one along with a ThinLine pad to stop slipping and aid in weight distribution (I'm a heavy rider).

The Skito pad without lamination is a good choice for lighter weight ride or a treeless saddle with an internal weight distribution system (like a Sensation, Freeform, newer Barefoot, etc.).

Other popular pads for treeless saddles include Equipedic, Haf, Christ treeless, Toklat Woolback w/Ultra Cell, Saddleright, and Supracor. All of these pads have inserts to create spinal clearance and absorb impact. Which one is best depends on your horse's conformation, the horse's fitness level, your weight, your riding level, the kind of riding you do, and the saddle.

Not ALL treeless saddles work for all horse and rider combinations. It's important not to get frustrated if the first saddle you try doesn't work. It's important to evaluate your horse for fit as soon as you recieve your new, used, or demo treeless saddle.
     
    01-08-2009, 04:43 PM
  #6
Foal
The barefoot saddle that I bought does not have the new panel system built into the saddle. I am getting the grandeur pad with it. That is exactly how I tried it on my mare before buying it myself.
I am going to go through all the steps to make sure enough spinal clearence, ect.
The question that I do have is if my husband were to ride (occasional rider) do I need to get a special more expensive grandeur pad for a rider over 160lbs?
Have any experience with that?
     
    01-08-2009, 05:45 PM
  #7
Green Broke
I think you can add inserts to the grandeur pad. You might want to check with a barefoot retailer to see what your options are. ThinLine will custom make inserts for you too.
     
    01-08-2009, 06:11 PM
  #8
Green Broke
I have a treeless. It's sitting in my basement with the tags still on it. I bought it with the idea that I could use a western cinch on it, BUT I can't. I need an English type girth. And a really small one at that, like 20 inces or less.

I've always wanted to try a treeless. I hope it works out for you!
     
    01-08-2009, 07:54 PM
  #9
Weanling
I am fortunate to have a generous friend who is letting me use her Sensation saddle until mine arrives next month...I think that is a fantastic demo! I have also asked my riding instructor/horse trainer to give me her opinion on the fit and she was very pleased (and she is very picky about correctly fitting saddles)! But I am aware that just like with treed saddles, I need to keep an eye out for discomfort regardless.

Luvs, we have no local dealers, but I sent photos of my horse's back to the lady I bought from and she recommended a Skito pad and forwarded the photos to Tom at Skito to suggest what shims to use.

MLK, I had to purchase a dressage girth to go with mine (a 22 inch)...and I think that is what most recommend. Ride that thing and let us know how you like it!
     
    01-09-2009, 01:58 AM
  #10
Foal
I just purchased a Barefoot Cheyenne and although I have only ridden in it a few times I think it will work well for me. I like that fact that it is much lighter than my traditional TexTan equipment and that I can interchange it on my 2 horses while we are out trail riding. The only two things I don't like about it for the moment is that the stirrup base is also covered in Nubuck which does not afford a slick surface to kick your foot easily out of the stirrup and the fenders don't look like they would break easily in case of an emergency fall. I purchased the tapderos to ride in as I like to ride in trekkers as I do end up walking alot sometimes. I was considering adding a Dixie No Sweat Vent. Has anyone added that to their treeless pad? Comments about the Cheyenne?
     

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