Treeless saddle advice (picture heavy)
I have had much trouble finding a saddle, without a horn, for my 14.3 hand RMHA gelding, Chivas. The only saddle I could find to fit was a Fabtron western. We have been using it for the past year or so, but I just hate having the horn threatening my tummy on steep hills!
I also have an 16 hand Appendix gelding with shark fin withers, Drambuie. My teens have a 14.1 hand QH mare, and a 15 hand Arab/paint with a sway back. Their saddles are too small for me to use for occasional rides on their horses.
I decided to try a treeless saddle, even though I have never seen one in person, to give me the flexability to ride all 4 horses with one saddle, but the primary use would be for the Rocky, Chivas.
After investigating several brands, I decided for cost, features & appearance I would try a Barefoot Tahoe with a cute horsehead pattern on the side. Then I found a site with a clearance sale, so changed to the Barefoot Cheyenne (in brown). I was advised to purchase a size 2 based on my size, but I was concerned about the length of the saddle on Chivas's short back. Because it was on clearance, no returns are possible.
The saddle arrived promptly and it looked nice but BIG to me. I usually ride in a 15" western or a 17" Dressage saddle. I measured the Cheyenne and it was 24" long with a 18" seat from zipper to zipper. To contrast, my Fabtron is 22" long and the seat size is about 14.5 from the pommel to seat back.