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post #11 of 14 Old 04-08-2008, 10:02 AM Thread Starter
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I'm definately not more than 175 lbs...but it sounds like it would be a pain for trail riding (since Sonny bucks if you try to mount him without a mounting block :roll: )
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post #12 of 14 Old 06-02-2008, 09:11 PM
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Hmm, idk if you're still looking into them, but I am now, lol..... what I've found is that it's really smart to use a mounting block because it might slide a lot while mounting

also, the advise using a breastcollar with it..... many of them automatically have crupper Dees, so that wouldn't hurt any if you do extreme trail riding....

I know you should use a fancy pad, but a lot of people say you don't need one at all....

I'm still not too happy about them slipping sideways, but I don't think that would be such a big problem with a breastcollar....

ebay!! that's where you can find them for a reasonable price!

yup they are great for your balance and fitting a hard to fit horse.......or in my case, a mule...... i didn't want to spend tons of money on a mule saddle that I could only use on a mule! this is a much better alternative
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post #13 of 14 Old 06-13-2008, 04:32 PM
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Originally Posted by mlkarel2010
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.....
i disagree most stronly the bars on a saddle are very uncomfortable for a horse the bars put weight on the horses back and pressure points and cause him pain. if you have a treeless saddle you CANNOT mount from the ground i love them to death thought but if you train a horse in treeless saddle and you put a barred saddle on them they'll buck because of the pressure on there back. and a treeless saddle is a bad idea for most ppl because there balance is off if you have good balance and a good seat you'll be absaloutly fine

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post #14 of 14 Old 06-13-2008, 04:56 PM
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After a lot of thought I have gone treeless for my "saddled" riding. I just ordered a cheap treeless saddle, it was about $300 just to give it a shot. If I like it like I think I will, I will use that until I have enough to buy a barefoot.

Pads are extremely important and I'm glad everyone knows that! There is a tack store close to here that specializes in treeless saddles (their markup is ridiculous which is why i didn't buy from them...) and the woman is going to help me find a good pad for it.
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