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    08-29-2012, 08:57 AM
Question Your views on 'which saddle?'

Hello :)

I'm looking to buy a saddle soon for my 16.3 TB.

What are peoples thoughts on Treeless saddles? They are of course a lot cheaper than, say, Wintec. What are the reasons for this?

Has anyone had any good/bad experiences with Treeless/Wintec? Or do you have any recommendations for others? (All purpose saddles).

The cost isn't an issue but I just didn't think it was worth paying out 400+ for a decent Wintec if the Treeless were just as good at half the price. More money to spend on treats for him ;)


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    08-29-2012, 10:04 AM

Every good treeless I have seen or heard about is well over 1,000.00

These 500.00 and under treeless saddles are not worth 100.00.

    08-29-2012, 10:38 AM
Ahh, that's good to know. Thank you :)

    08-29-2012, 07:43 PM
I'd say unless you need a treeless for a specific reason, stay with treed. There must be some reason they've stuck around for 800 years ;)
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    08-29-2012, 11:00 PM
Go with a Wintec - they're usually a bit cheaper than good quality leather saddles and are much more low maintenance. Most of the best treeless saddles end up costing more than a Wintec saddle. I have a Wintec 500 All Purpose saddle and I have nothing but good things to say about it. It's very comfortable, the gullet change system is great, easy to clean, very lightweight, and able to show in. Depending what you do more of (jumping, dressage, trail riding, etc), there's a different Wintec AP model to suit it. They're fantastic saddles.
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    08-29-2012, 11:18 PM
A tree expands the pressure from pelvic bones over a much larger area. No matter the claims of a treeless, it can't be done. Unless the rider rides with the glutes pinched tight which raises the bones off the horse's back. Just think do that everyday and we'd all develope a tush to die for.
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    08-29-2012, 11:35 PM
I agree; most treeless of any quality are much more expensive than a Wintec. I dont' like Wintecs, though, so would look at a good quality saddle of another maker , for the discipline you are doing. Of the two you mentioned, however, I would do a Wintec.
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    08-30-2012, 07:56 AM
Thank you so much for all of your responses :) So helpful, as always.

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    08-30-2012, 08:24 AM
I know nothing about treeless. But I have ridden a Wintech. Find one and try it BEFORE you buy. I rode one for less than a mile before I dropped it off my horse and rode home bareback. It was absolutely horrible! My back hurt so bad, I couldn't hardly move when I got off.
    08-30-2012, 08:30 AM
Originally Posted by kccjer    
I know nothing about treeless. But I have ridden a Wintech. Find one and try it BEFORE you buy. I rode one for less than a mile before I dropped it off my horse and rode home bareback. It was absolutely horrible! My back hurt so bad, I couldn't hardly move when I got off.
Ahh, that's definitely worth knowing. Being a sciatica sufferer, that's the last thing I need! Thanks :)


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