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post #1 of 16 Old 12-04-2011, 06:36 PM Thread Starter
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Opinion on Treeless Saddles Please

Specifically treeless endurance saddles. I am just looking into getting into competitive trail and something lighter in tack for my gelding. I am wondering if anyone has any opinions on treeless saddles, either positive or negative and perferrably based on personal experience (or someone you know). I haven't really heard much about treeless and would really like to hear some more about them.
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post #2 of 16 Old 12-04-2011, 07:22 PM
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Seems only the really itty bitty girls use them on endurance ride that I saw. They arnt gonna spread the weight like a tree will. I realize I am not a horse but I spent alot of years carrying a rucksack, With any kind of weight no frame is really bad.
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post #3 of 16 Old 12-04-2011, 09:20 PM
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They are acctually pretty bad. A saddle fitter came and talked to me about them he said: "get down on your hands and knees. Then put a small plastic child's chair on your back like a saddle. this what it feels like with its pressure points"
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post #4 of 16 Old 12-04-2011, 09:24 PM
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Totally depends on the brand. Some distribute pressure just fine. I love my Trekker.
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post #5 of 16 Old 12-04-2011, 09:28 PM
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Originally Posted by bubba13 View Post
Totally depends on the brand. Some distribute pressure just fine. I love my Trekker.
what kind for horses?
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post #6 of 16 Old 12-04-2011, 09:29 PM
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what kind for horses?
Just avoid their camel and elephant models, and you'll be good.
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post #7 of 16 Old 12-04-2011, 09:31 PM
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I have a couple friends with Barefoot saddles and they love them.
I wouldn't ride in one without a breast collar though. They slide a little more than a saddle with a tree when you are getting on.

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post #8 of 16 Old 12-04-2011, 09:34 PM
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hmm... know some people that trail ride on QHs and just sold their saddles. I will inform them of there brands.
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post #9 of 16 Old 12-04-2011, 09:39 PM
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I've been riding treeless for about 3-4 years now and love them. I have a haflinger and my husband has a draft cross and we both use treeless. Now we don't ride endurance but have used them on +6 hour trail rides that includes quite a bit of rough terrain and I'm no light weight. My only problem with them is on steeper terrain there is slippage forward and a crupper would help with that.

I just sent in my deposit for a Rebecca Underwood Softrider which is a custom made treeless. I've heard nothing but good things about the saddle from regular trail riders and a few endurance rider. Supposedly one of the most secure treeless out there. I can't wait to get it!

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post #10 of 16 Old 12-04-2011, 10:01 PM
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I think it really depends on the brand. I trialed a Hilasion and it was complete and total junk for me, however my mare LOVED it. I was already aware that it's pretty hit or miss with that brand so I wasn't surprised. It had the western "fenders" and because they're essentially cut in half they rubbed my leg horribly and also since they attach to the bottom of the saddle they are literally right on top of the girth, and for how long I needed them(and I'm fairly tall) they wouldn't reach over the horn so it was absolutely infuriating to tack up. I hated it, mare loved it. I'm definitely going to look into a GOOD brand to try out in the future, hopefully they're better. I didn't have any issues with it slipping though which most people complain about.
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