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post #1 of 11 Old 05-04-2010, 03:14 PM Thread Starter
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What saddle feels most like bareback?

Would anything treeless be good? Or is there one in particular that would be best?

I'm looking for an endurance saddle so it needs to be lightweight, and I'd like it to feel as close to bareback as possible. I don't really care about how secure the seat feels.

Any suggestions?
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Would anything treeless be good? Or is there one in particular that would be best?

I'm looking for an endurance saddle so it needs to be lightweight, and I'd like it to feel as close to bareback as possible. I don't really care about how secure the seat feels.

Any suggestions?
A modified cahsel soft saddle is nice, but you really have to carve out/shave off some excess padding as they come from the manufacturer quite thick.

Otherwise I would suggest a nice bareback pad so long as you have a solid seat. I've ridden many many miles through the hills around my home using a bareback pad (w/o stirrups). I've never used one with stirrups but have herd that they tend to make the pad slip.

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Bob Marshall has a good reputaion for treeless and good resale value. They usually have some listed on ebay
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Would anything treeless be good? Or is there one in particular that would be best?

I'm looking for an endurance saddle so it needs to be lightweight, and I'd like it to feel as close to bareback as possible. I don't really care about how secure the seat feels.

Any suggestions?
I have a Tucker saddle and I love it. I don't know that it would be considered light weight for the horse, but we ride 6 hours at a time on a regular basis and I am very comfy.
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Thanks for the replies!

Ktibb - I ride bareback all the time, but I don't think you're allowed to go bareback or in a bareback pad for endurance...
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I've also heard that big horn brand saddles are good. They are affordable and half synthetic, so they're pretty light weight. I've ridden in one that was about 7 years old and it was in great shape and very comfy.

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I've also heard that big horn brand saddles are good. They are affordable and half synthetic, so they're pretty light weight. I've ridden in one that was about 7 years old and it was in great shape and very comfy.
Great, thanks!
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The Bob Marshall's are the best in that category.But If your going to spend the money make sure you get an original not the ones made by CY.
Make sure that your measurements are correct to. They are measured different than a regualr western saddle. They go more by thigh size than seat..I bought a used on that was said to be equal to a 16in western seat NOPE Wrong....I trail ride alot and you feel every movemnet from your horse and there pretty nice in the winter as the heat from your horse keeps your bum warm....lol Good luck in your search.....

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I just got the Cashel soft saddle and pad about 8-9 pounds. No tree its very flexible and conforms to the horses back. Its got a oh ---- strap on it. It comes with plastic stirrups that aren't the greatest but it is very comfy and light.
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The Bob Marshall's are the best in that category.But If your going to spend the money make sure you get an original not the ones made by CY.
I personally would get teh Circle Y version because they all come with the peaked pommel which fits more horses.
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