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post #1 of 11 Old 10-30-2011, 12:19 PM Thread Starter
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Treeless saddles?

I have been having problems with my saddle, and I am looking to buy a new one. I was curious about treeless saddles, do they fit a wider range of horses than a saddle ith a tree? Are they worth buying? What are somexperiences you have had with them?
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I have been having problems with my saddle, and I am looking to buy a new one. I was curious about treeless saddles, do they fit a wider range of horses than a saddle ith a tree? Are they worth buying? What are somexperiences you have had with them?
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What kind of problems are you having? That would help to give an opinion.
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The pommel of my saddle sits on her withers, it's just too wide I think. But I was going to buy a new one, she isn't hard to fit. I just figured I'd look into treeless saddles while I'm buying a new one.
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The pommel of my saddle sits on her withers, it's just too wide I think. But I was going to buy a new one, she isn't hard to fit. I just figured I'd look into treeless saddles while I'm buying a new one.
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If you are looking at treeless be sure to get a peaked pommel. I personally did not like the treeless but some people love them. I did not like feeling every single fly twitch or any minor movement the horse made. I think it also made rub marks behind his withers.
I have a gaited horse and bought a Steele which I think is a great saddle.
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Try before you buy. I got one, I have lots of different horses. One horse we put it on told me within 2 minutes of my starting work that he HATED the treeless saddle and to get if off his back or he'd have stronger opinions about it. Put his treed one back on and he went back to his old self.

The other horses went in it, can't say I found they went really any better. IN the end I sold it as there was no real advantage in it.

Mine were gaited, I think trees have developed over the centuries for a good reason, trying to go to treeless is an interesting exercise, but I think a well fitting treed saddle is better in so many ways.
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Both my husband and I love our treeless and in fact I'm looking at purchasing a Rebecca Softride saddle here soon - despite the months of wait time for them. However - we both have mutton withered, short wide-backed horses that can be difficult to fit in traditional saddles. I'm not sure how a treeless would work on a horse with more wither.

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Not all treeless saddles are created equal. Just keep that in mind. Some are great; some are crap. And as others have said, try before you buy to make sure it's the correct fit for both you and your horse.
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Both my husband and I love our treeless and in fact I'm looking at purchasing a Rebecca Softride saddle here soon - despite the months of wait time for them. However - we both have mutton withered, short wide-backed horses that can be difficult to fit in traditional saddles. I'm not sure how a treeless would work on a horse with more wither.
Why would that make a difference? It might rub or?

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IMO I think treeless saddles are over priced for what they are worth, when you can just get a custom fitted saddle for close to what some treeless sell for. I haven't used one but everyone I know who's owned one hasn't had much good to say about them.
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Why would that make a difference? It might rub or?
Rubbing and/or clearance. I've heard some with horses with more wither sometimes have issues - especially with the formed pommel that many of the treeless come with.

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