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post #21 of 45 Old 01-12-2013, 11:10 AM Thread Starter
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Treeless saddles allow you to be more in tune with your horse. They bring you closer to the horse's center of gravity and you are also more able to feel his muscles, whether they are tense or not. I can't wait to get my own! I think you deffinately have to have a good seat in order to stick with the bucks!
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post #22 of 45 Old 01-12-2013, 11:45 AM
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A good english saddle will do that too.
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post #23 of 45 Old 01-12-2013, 12:07 PM Thread Starter
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Well of course a good english saddle will do that too, but I am in the move to treeless. Even an english saddle can make it difficult to ride it out. Believe me I've been there too...
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I have a Haflinger mare with a back like a spermwhale and decided for flex tree for that reason. But I haven't tried out the saddle yet.
However, I can pass on the advice of a friend of mine who also mounts Haffies and recommended very warmly to use a breast collar 'cause with those round curves the saddle can more easily slip sideways. She's found herself upside down under the horse once, ahem. She's a saddler so I think her advice should be good! :)
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post #25 of 45 Old 01-12-2013, 12:35 PM Thread Starter
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Yes even if my Haflinger was not so rotund and flat backed then I would still use a breast collar and possibly a crupper. Just to be safe!
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What did you pay for those saddles? Do you need to have it made specifically for your horse or do they come in a way that can fit your horse and yourself? I am on a limited fund and have been looking at the Freeform and Black Forest treeless saddles. Do you have any experiences with these type of saddles?
Each Rebecca saddle is made to order. You pick color, style, seat size (she will help you figure out which one is right), even pick style of stirrups. Her saddles come with the pads needed and you tell her if our horse is mutton withered or high withered so she can make you the proper pad. Oh yeah - breast collar, cinch and cantel bag included as well.

They are $875 and a little extra if you want her to make a crupper to go with plus shipping. You get everything you need and it fits you and your horse - so I think its better deal than most where you have to buy a pricy pad separate. Plus the pad is velcroed on so no slipping and its Y rigging so much more secure. Highly recommend them and she guarantees hardware and all that so if anything breaks just send it in and get it repaired.

Sorry - no experience with the ones you mentioned.

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A good english saddle will do that too.
They do not nearly as much as a treeless saddle. Some treeless saddles allow for a LOT more feel.

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For those looking for saddle recommendations, I suggest joining the treelessaddles yahoo group. There are members who are so good you can post pics of your horses back and they can make recommendations. There's also quite a few who sell used saddles as well.
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IMO treeless saddles are more likely to cause pressure issues mid-back in the long term. It's obviously dependent on the individual horse, rider and usage but a treeless, concentrating the rider's weight in a smaller area, has more potential to cause damage than a correctly fitted treed saddle.

That's why trees were invented in the first place.
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IMO treeless saddles are more likely to cause pressure issues mid-back in the long term. It's obviously dependent on the individual horse, rider and usage but a treeless, concentrating the rider's weight in a smaller area, has more potential to cause damage than a correctly fitted treed saddle.

That's why trees were invented in the first place.
Totally agree I have seen some terrible damage caused by a treeless saddle.
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post #30 of 45 Old 01-13-2013, 07:20 PM Thread Starter
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If you don't agree with treeless saddles I don't need your information about them. Honestly. I've used both so your opinion that treeless saddles caus more stress points, and tension on their backs really doesn't appeal to me, but thanks anyway.
I have researched both and am a certified equine sports massage therapist...
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