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    01-13-2013, 11:44 PM
I've heard that treeless saddles work best on wide and round horses as the weight spreads out better on them. Some brands require a special pad to help with weight distributon as well.
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    01-14-2013, 03:51 AM
Really I think that a heavy rider or someone who spends many many hours in the saddle everday or works cattle etc is probably better off with a really good, well fitted traditional saddle.
But these heavy duty, very structured saddles were after all perfected for knights in armour throwing a horse at a gallop against a line of pikemen!
I think most horsemen nowadays have somewhat less extreme sports in mind.
A reasonably light rider on a well muscled horse is less likely to cause damage in a treeless saddle than in a low-budgety ill fitting traditional one, I think, unless he/she makes jumping-jacks on horseback 24/7!
That at least is my experience, and MHO.
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    01-14-2013, 07:19 AM
With the correct pad and fitted treeless I've seen many horses work just fine, and have very healthy backs, more healthy since they switched to treeless. Plus I know a lot of people who ride 100 miles rides with properly fitted pads and saddles (treeless) and they pass very check after vet check. Yes traditional saddles can fit some horses, and some riders, in some situations, and the same is true for treeless.
    01-14-2013, 08:55 AM
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Not all treeless are made equal just like not all treed saddles are made equal. There are higher quality treeless that spread weight just as well as a tree but without the pressure points that can form on a treed saddle when the horse is in motion since a tree does not move with a horse. Some endurance riders have found their horses perform much better with a properly fitted and padded treeless then they ever did on even a custom made treed saddle. But a poorly padded or built treeless or one that is not properly fit can cause just as much problems as an ill fitting treed saddle. Fit and quality is still important when it comes to treeless.

Treeless is not for every horse and rider combination and just because a saddle is treeless does not mean it will fit your horse properly. Its just another option in the many out there.
    01-14-2013, 03:29 PM
    01-14-2013, 11:36 PM
I've never used a treeless saddle before, but I leased a haflinger for the past 6 years, and she won a competitive trail (with her owner, not me). Haflingers have such a smooth trot, it's awesome for trails. I accidentally rode her for 8 hours, and we ended up going 25 miles one day. She did great, even at 26 years old.

I agree with using a breastcollar. I have definitely ended up underneath a haflinger before, because she held her breath through the cinching, even after lunging, and let it all out once we got into a canter. That was an exciting moment...
    01-15-2013, 06:48 AM
Well hopefully I will be purchasing a Bandos Treeless by Freeform. I will use a breat collar and a crupper. He has foundered before so I will have to be careful, but he's never walked a lame step in his life before or after that incident so I don't doubt he has the agility and stamina to endure the miles. I need to get myself in shape!
    01-16-2013, 12:16 AM
Thank you for this thread. I, too, am looking into treeless saddles for my round, flat short backed little Arab mare to ride long distance. Old Dominion Rides website encourages treeless for even the longer (100 milers) and multi-day events. Good luck and Happy Riding this New Year!
    01-16-2013, 07:31 AM
I've got a girlfriend who's been using treeless on eaech of her arabs because of the short back, but well sprung ribs.
    01-16-2013, 11:30 AM
Originally Posted by HappyHoofPrints    
Thank you for this thread. I, too, am looking into treeless saddles for my round, flat short backed little Arab mare to ride long distance. Old Dominion Rides website encourages treeless for even the longer (100 milers) and multi-day events. Good luck and Happy Riding this New Year!
I think treeless are great for long rides.
Every saddle has brought me pain from a broken leg 20yrs ago (from a horse. Thanks Duke!), and in my treeless, I've never been in pain. Ever.
I can ride 6-8 hours before I remember that I'm in a saddle and it doesn't hurt!
I'm curious what an Old Dominion Ride is..I'm going to google it.

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