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    01-31-2011, 08:07 AM
  #1
Weanling
would a treeless saddle be a good option

I have often thought about trying a treeless saddle and always been talked out of it for some reason or another, please could you share your opinions on them. My mare is flat withered if that makes sense, she is a dales mare and basically doesn't have a raised wither it's just flat. As you can imagine it's a nightmare trying to get a saddle to fit and always have to use a breastplate to keep the saddle from moving. I always used to ride bareback and thought maybe this might be an inbetween solution. As I don't know much about them, are they still raised at the withers or do they just lay flat across the horses back?
     
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    01-31-2011, 08:31 AM
  #2
Showing
From what I heard treeless saddles are good for the low withers horses (as well as other conformations ). However I also was warned not to get one if the horse bucks. Number of people in my area have treeless (good brands like Bob Marshall) and love them.
     
    01-31-2011, 08:32 AM
  #3
Showing
Actually I should of ask.... Do you talk about English or Western? Flex-tree saddles (western) seem to be a good alternative for the flat back wide horses too.
     
    01-31-2011, 08:33 AM
  #4
Weanling
Kitten val - I would be interested in english or western. Why not a good idea if the horse bucks are they not very secure? My horse doesn't buck but just wondered.
     
    01-31-2011, 08:49 AM
  #5
Showing
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Originally Posted by netty83    
Kitten val - I would be interested in english or western. Why not a good idea if the horse bucks are they not very secure? My horse doesn't buck but just wondered.
Well... I never tried one on bucking horse, but friend of mine rides in it and she told me if the horse bucks (real buck, not kick out) since there is no tree the panels slap together (or something like this, it's been a while since she told me that). She had this experience once or twice and ended up on ground.

What really surprised me though when I was looking at one while back... It was western Bob Marshall and it was AS heavy as my tree saddle. BTW, if you look for one, look for the -good- brand (even used one), because those $300 ones selling on eBay is a true junk (per people who bought them). Worse that tree one.

I was looking for english saddle for the wide horse while back, and looks like Thornhill, Duett, and Black Country are designed for those broad horses. (they are not treeless though)
     
    01-31-2011, 08:50 AM
  #6
Weanling
I've been having a look on ebay and some seem quite cheap. I don't no whether that is putting me off, could that be a compromise on quality and therefore safety? I think I will definitely have to do some reasearch on this one.
     
    01-31-2011, 08:53 AM
  #7
Weanling
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Originally Posted by kitten_Val    
Well... I never tried one on bucking horse, but friend of mine rides in it and she told me if the horse bucks (real buck, not kick out) since there is no tree the panels slap together (or something like this, it's been a while since she told me that). She had this experience once or twice and ended up on ground.

What really surprised me though when I was looking at one while back... It was western Bob Marshall and it was AS heavy as my tree saddle. BTW, if you look for one, look for the -good- brand (even used one), because those $300 ones selling on eBay is a true junk (per people who bought them). Worse that tree one.

I was looking for english saddle for the wide horse while back, and looks like Thornhill, Duett, and Black Country are designed for those broad horses. (they are not treeless though)
thanks for the brands I'll have a look into them wonder if they are available in UK. Well I now know what I will be doing with my Monday evening! Same as usual sat trawling the internet for horsey items haha
     
    01-31-2011, 11:51 PM
  #8
Started
Yes, definitely make sure that you get a well-recognized brand if you get a treeless saddle. I have an Ansur and have been very satisfied with it.

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    02-01-2011, 12:06 AM
  #9
Green Broke
I have a Bob Marshall and a Black Forest and have been very happy with both. Many treeless saddles will require a specialized saddle pad to create a clear spinal chanel and help distribute weight.

One of my client's just bought a used Heather Moffett saddle and LOVES it! They are made in the UK.
Saddles Booklet
Saddle FAQ

Other good brands include Ansur, Barefoot, Sensation, Diddi pad, Freeform, Torsion, Trekker, etc. You want a well known brand that has a good following. Cheap knock off saddles are just that.

Here are some UK links with good treeless saddles.
Saddlery & Tack - Treeless & Flexible Saddles - the shop for happy horsemanship - The Libra saddles are budget Asian made saddles. I would not get one of those.
Barefoot Saddles & Tack
Solution saddles - Unique RigidFree saddle system
DTP - Torsion
Better Saddles Limited Flexible and Treeless Saddles
Freeform Treeless Saddles
www.ghostsaddles.co.uk - Home
     
    02-01-2011, 12:53 AM
  #10
Foal
My boarder has a barefoot treeless saddle and absolutely loves it. She has a pony that is fairly wide and has absolutely no withers, and she says this is the first saddle she has ever ridden her in that doesnt slip at all.
     

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