Join Date: Nov 2012
Location: South Central PA
• Horses: 0
A flex tree saddle (Big Horn flex tree, either Ralide or Equiflex, can't recall) almost ruined my horse's back... hurt her so badly she fell over on the trail and wouldn't get up. Took months of chiropractic to get her back to normal. I will NEVER buy another flex tree saddle, regardless of brand. I went to a saddle maker who took out a flex tree, put in on the ground, and stood on it. The bars "flexed" into a V right into what would have been the spine of the horse. Flex trees, by their very nature, are meant to flex and therefore do not distribute the weight evenly or consistently.
I have a flex panel saddle that fits pretty much every horse I use it on (except my short backed mountain mare). The potential danger with these saddles it that you have to make sure the panel attachment points are moving correctly, or you end up putting all your weight on these pivot points. So they need routine maintenance.
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