Treeless Saddles - thoughts? Suggestions? Advice?

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    02-04-2012, 07:29 PM
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I've been looking into treeless saddles. Who's ridden in one before and can elaborate a little on the experience? Thankies!
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    02-08-2012, 07:43 PM
I had one as I was leasing different horses and it was the easiest way to get a decent fit. I found that it slipped quite a bit. It was comfortable and light but now I am happier with my treed saddle.
    02-08-2012, 10:03 PM
I've ridden in two same type, fits nearly any horse well,but does shift alot, I personally couldn't get comfortable in it, as my horse does not have prominent withers and it rolled around alot, no matter how tight I girthed it up. I prefer saddles with trees in them, even rode a flex tree saddle and it was really nice.
    02-08-2012, 11:19 PM
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I did not like the Ansur saddle I rode in a few times. It is ok if the horse is fairly narrow, but on a round horse, it makes for more stress on MY hips.
    02-08-2012, 11:50 PM
Green Broke
I never rode treeless for more than a few minutes (Bob Marshal sports saddle, very nice but out of my budget). What was really cool is that you can feel every muscle in the horse's back. If the horse stops and stares at something scary, you can feel their entire back tense up. Kind of different for sure!

I did own a flex-tree for a short while and it just killed my back. Major back pain for some reason. But the lady that bought it loves it.
    02-09-2012, 09:14 AM
Anyone that hasn't had much of a slipping issue?
    02-09-2012, 12:09 PM
Another thing to add...someone said that you can really feel the horse...the horse can really feel you too so if you are a nervous rider...
    02-09-2012, 01:24 PM
Slipping? Rolling would be more like it!

I thought a treeless would be the answer to fitting my wide-shouldered short-bodied little paint pony. I got a good one, too - ordered a Trekker from Germany. Along with the recommended Mattes pad. For what I spent I could absolutely have gotten a Duett or similar treed saddle made for wide horses. And I could've ridden in it without ending up under the horse.
    02-09-2012, 01:40 PM
Same experience here - I tried a Sensation treeless and when my mare spun 180 degrees in the canter (her favroite trick to pull) the saddle ended up on her side. I jumped off and ended the trial right there. I liked how you could feel the horse better, but there was a lot of extra material/padding by my thighs and it was uncomfortable after a short period. They say you just have to get used to it, but for the money I want it to be comfortable from day 1.

A lot of people do love them and the Bob Marsahll is a favorite among the local endurance riders around me. I have never tried one though.
    02-09-2012, 02:29 PM
Green Broke
Yeh got stuck riding with someone with a treeless saddle. Was completely incapable of getting on the horse without help. Umm seriously you need a shorter horse or better saddle.
I spent alot of years carrying a rucksack, no way I would want to carry one with out a frame, treeless means all your weight ends up in one spot. Can't be good.
The only people that like them are the ones that spent a ton of money and are stuck with them and are afraid their husbands might overhear them say how bad they are.
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