I normally ride western, but due to a shoulder injury I'm unable to lift that much weight onto my horses back and I'm at the point again where I need to determine again if its a good fit or not for him.
I considered buying an english saddle but cannot find anything that fits him properly at an affordable cost. He's a stocky built QH and I just don't think he is meant to go english. The last we tried was a wintec 500 AP with changeable gullets. We just can't get the right saddle for his shoulder angel for the budget I have to stick to.
This is where I considered a treeless saddle. We do mostly ring work and trails.
Here are some questions I have that maybe some members of the forum can help:
- I have heard a lot of recommendations of a breast plate to be used with treeless saddles, is this true?
- I have heard a lot of stories about the saddles falling apart. I don't wish to pay $800-1000 for a saddle that will fall apart easily. Are there any recommended brand names? I have been looking at the Barefoot saddles
The Barefoot-Finally a better treeless saddle!
- Overall comfort? What do other riders out there think?