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        10-15-2012, 07:53 AM
      #11
    Trained
    My horse has never gotten a sore back from his treeless saddle. Most horses that I know first hand that are in treeless saddles haven't either :) we do everything from very long trail rides to dressage to jumping in it.

    It really depends on your setup. I can, for example, mount from the ground. Some people can't.
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        10-16-2012, 07:10 AM
      #12
    Foal
    Over the last day and a half I have asked the seller about the spinal injuries, required pads, and what kind of horse if fits best on.

    Dear ridersstore1,

    I was wondering if you need a special saddle pad like you do with most treeless saddles


    - aoel4548

    Dear aoel4548,

    Hi, for this saddle there is no need of any special pad. You can use any regular pad if you want.

    Thanks


    - ridersstore1


    Dear ridersstore1,


    Also what kind if horse di these fit better on


    Dear aoel4548,

    Hi, this saddle can be fitted on various types of horses.

    Thanks


    - ridersstore1

    Dear ridersstore1,


    have there ever been any reports of spinal injuries or soreness

    Dear aoel4548,

    never.


    - ridersstore1




         
        10-16-2012, 07:36 AM
      #13
    Trained
    That really doesn't say much and they can't tell you more than that. What causes discomfort in one horse may be fine in another. They have zero way to assure you that your horse will not have a problem. Treeless or not, they still need to be fitted correctly.

    Edited to add: a seller of a treed saddle could give youths same assurances and they would mean just as much. It's not the treeless part that's in question but the saddle/pad fit, just like it would be with a treed saddle.
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        10-16-2012, 08:48 PM
      #14
    Foal
    Hey!
    I've only ridden in treeless barrel saddles, and I don't like them at all! But that one looks pretty cool!
         
        10-16-2012, 08:53 PM
      #15
    Foal
    Very good if you find many horses with sized bodies. The wider the horse, the wider your legs go, there is no tree to even it out.. one problem I had with them. My gelding is a tank. Killed my legs. But I was looking at the Chokee treeless. .
         
        10-16-2012, 09:00 PM
      #16
    Banned
    Never ridden in one, but I saw someone riding in one at the barn the other day and it just kind of 'squished' down on the horses spine.....the horse was being a real brat and the rider admitted that it was probably the saddle.....she was a light weight rider and she said the saddle cost her an arm and a leg! (plus a horses spine!) just my observation, but I guess it all depends on horse size/shape, discipline, rider style etc etc......
         
        10-17-2012, 11:12 PM
      #17
    Foal
    Kinda changed my mind on the whole treeless saddle thing. What about wintecs with the changeable gullet system
         
        10-17-2012, 11:26 PM
      #18
    Foal
    I have ridden in a torsion treeless endurance saddle with an equipedic saddle pad for almost 9 years. It is the only saddle I will ride in. My horses are wide-backed and it fits all of them perfectly. I ride long miles on difficult mountain & desert terrain in Utah and my horses go really well in it.

    IMO, quality made treeless saddles are the way to go if you are a lightweight rider with at least intermediate riding ability. They are especially good for wide-backed horses. With that said, you get what you pay for. Anything under $1,000 is probably not worth putting on any horse's back.
         
        04-03-2013, 08:13 PM
      #19
    Weanling
    I realise this post is old, but I need to throw my opinion in there (you posted this on my birthday, the same day I recieved this saddle, haha). I personally like treeless saddles, but this saddle is horrible, it puts you in a bad position, and I don't care how many back raiser, wither release, air flow pads you put underneath it. Unless your horse's back is about half the width of the typical arabian, your horse will be very uncomfortable. It may flex to your horse's shape, but add your own weight and your horse will be miserable.

    Here is a video of me riding Jethro in this exact saddle. Ignore my hand position, yes I realise it was horrible. The saddle made him raise his head high, and he was ignoring my ques.



    The awkward chair seat that I have, that is the saddles fault. If you see my other videos, before and after this one, I have a much better position.
         

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