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post #1 of 14 Old 04-03-2008, 08:37 AM Thread Starter
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treeless saddles?

what is all your opinions on treeless saddles? I saw an ad for the Barefoot saddles and thought they sounded pretty neat. Supposedly they are:
Anatomically shaped
Suitable for all types and conformations
Flexible, soft, very light (about 10 lbs)
Made of soft, quality nubuck leather
Helps riders with back problems
Ideal for a short backed and round horses
Available in black or brown


Not like I could afford the Barefoot saddles haha...but wanted to see if maybe it is something I should invest it.

Anyone use one? Or have used one in the past?
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From what I know from people riding treeless...

1st you need to use special --expensive-- pad under. You can't just get one fleece for $20 and go.
2nd if you horse bucks don't use it (I know people had accidents with saddle getting off the back).

I tried used one just to sit in (my horse may buck when unhappy) and it was VERY comfortable to sit in. Not sure about riding though.
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Yes, you have to put as much thought into the pad as the saddle when it comes to riding treeless. Not doing so can leave your horse with a sore back.

I like riding in them, because they make me more conscious of my seat and balance. Its also nice being able to modify them to fit a wide range of horses. Its very different from the sensation you get in a treed saddle though...a little closer to riding bareback, since you can feel so much of the horse's movement through your seat and legs. If you are a rider that likes the security of a treed saddle, it might take longer to feel comfortable in a treeless. Also, they often wear out faster than a well-made treed saddle.
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I have heard they work really well with drafts. There was also a girl years ago who rode in a treeless saddle. It didnt look any different. I don't enough about them to give you any good info tho.

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Yes, you have to put as much thought into the pad as the saddle when it comes to riding treeless. Not doing so can leave your horse with a sore back.

I like riding in them, because they make me more conscious of my seat and balance. Its also nice being able to modify them to fit a wide range of horses. Its very different from the sensation you get in a treed saddle though...a little closer to riding bareback, since you can feel so much of the horse's movement through your seat and legs. If you are a rider that likes the security of a treed saddle, it might take longer to feel comfortable in a treeless. Also, they often wear out faster than a well-made treed saddle.
I agree, I own a treeless dressage saddle and I wouldn't trade it for anything...I can ride all 3 of my mares in it. Its great but you really need to have great balance and know how to ride (its complete different from other saddles)
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If you are heavy it is suggested not to ride in a treeless saddle

Because a treed saddle has bars weight is distributed over your horses back more evenly. A properly fitted saddle should not offer more than 4lbs of pressure per square inch of horse. If it does, you will see white hairs on your horses back where there was too much pressure.

If you are riding bareback or in a treeless saddle, all of you weight is right where you are sitting and no where else, and if you brace in the stirrups you can add even more weight. As already mentioned is is dire to have a properly made treeless saddle pad made for your brand of saddle. Mixing and matching, like buying a no name pad and pairing it with a Bob Marshall wont work, or mixing a Bob Marshall pad with a Barefoot probably wouldn't work either.

If you weight is more than 175lbs they say you shouldn't ride in a treeless for more than one hour at a time, If you plan on trail riding in one you are supposed to get off and walk your horse for ten minutes between each hour and check for soreness.
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no tree + stirrups is a bad idea!! The tree keeps the saddle balanced on the back and with out a tree it can easily slip under the horse or you can get your ankle caught and get drug.....
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I have a treeless! Omg I love it to bits
Yea it is advised to get the proper saddle pad for them, mine also come with a super duper padded girth , which is sweet as.

Its wonderfully. My boy feels so much more free moving now. And yea I usually use it on my 14.2hh boy but have chacked it on my 15.2hh TB and was just as pleasant.

I hadnt heard about nor using it on a buck happy horse....... I have ridde up and down some sort of steep parts of hills and my treeless has been fine not exactly the same as bucking but yea. But I also use a breast plate.

But yea I want to sit in it all day every time I ride, lol. Its a cheyenne barefoot saddle.
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I have rode in both styles, and LOVE the treeless
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