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. Posted via Mobile Device