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  • Pressure points in a barefoot saddle?

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    11-17-2013, 09:36 PM
  #11
Showing
Dancing, I had two treeless in my possession for 5 months. This gave me plenty of opportunity to see how they are assembled and exactly how the girth and stirrups attach. One was a Torsion, the other a Barefoot. There are minor differences but both need to be ridden with long stirrups to reduce creating pressure soreness. This can cause soreness more so than the cinch strap as it's not done up as tight as a regular saddle. If a rider wants to ride two point then a regular saddle should be used.
     
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    11-17-2013, 10:06 PM
  #12
Yearling
I used to have a black forest treeless saddle (same company I think??) and I LOVED it. My horse never had a sore back!
     
    11-18-2013, 12:26 PM
  #13
Weanling
The barefoot saddle has a VPS system in it that prevents causing pressure points and it evenly distributes the riders weight on the horses back. It conforms to the horses back while also leaving clearance on the spine. I have heard only but good comments about those saddles. Check out their website, they explain everything:
The Barefoot-Finally a better treeless saddle!

The barefoot will be my next saddle, their quite expensive, yes but their very worth the price.
     
    11-18-2013, 01:24 PM
  #14
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by Saddlebag    
Dancing, I had two treeless in my possession for 5 months. This gave me plenty of opportunity to see how they are assembled and exactly how the girth and stirrups attach. One was a Torsion, the other a Barefoot. There are minor differences but both need to be ridden with long stirrups to reduce creating pressure soreness. This can cause soreness more so than the cinch strap as it's not done up as tight as a regular saddle. If a rider wants to ride two point then a regular saddle should be used.
Torsion and Barefoot are not the only two brands and to say that all treeless saddles are built the same way based off two examples is inaccurate. :)

Neither one of my treeless saddles has a strap going over the withers. Neither one has pressure points like that. I'm not required to ride in long stirrups in order for my horse to be comfortable and the treeless riders that I know personally, none of them do either.
I ride exclusively treeless. The issues you encountered were likely due to poor padding and a bad fit. Treeless saddles are not bareback pads. They need adjusting and sometimes extra padding.

My horse has never come up sore nor even shown any bit of discomfort from me riding in two point. I can also name about two dozen other horses I've ridden who are the same way.
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    11-18-2013, 04:11 PM
  #15
Showing
Dancing, if treeless work for you, but there are far too many they don't work for.
     
    11-18-2013, 04:17 PM
  #16
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by Saddlebag    
Dancing, if treeless work for you, but there are far too many they don't work for.
Same for treed :) it's just important to not make blanket statements about tack construction. Not everything works for every horse and rider combo.

It wouldn't be fair for me to say that all treed saddles are torture devices and horses are saints for tolerating them just because when I sit in one it feels like a 2x4. Not that I think that, because I don't - just an example.
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    12-12-2013, 07:34 PM
  #17
Foal
I love my barefoot saddle I have owned it for years and it is still in great condition! I use it with the barefoot saddle pad and my horse rides great with it. I am super comfortable and he seems to be too. I recently purchased one for my daughter to use in 4H and trail. I highly recommend this brand
     

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