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Treeless saddle tips
I'm looking at buying a treeless for my thoroughbred and was looking at Freemax ones and was wondering if anyone could tell me what kind of experiences they have had, or if they can recommend a brand that is well balanced and comfortable for both horse and rider
I don't know about the Freemax saddles, but I have a few friends with the Barefoots.
Their comfortable to ride in and seem to hold up over time.
Barefoot Saddles, treeless saddles for riders who care!
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Alisha S what brand is your treeless?
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I use an Ansur Classic. Its a dressage saddle and I love it. My horse has a bit of atrophy around her spine and they had some good pads that go under the saddle for that as well as shims for atrophy behind the shoulder.
I loved my old treeless! The brand I had was Hilason? Something like that. It last around 7 years between my cousin and I. But you gotta be careful about the condition of some of the straps!
I have a Sensation. They are pricey, but AMAZING. I have used a Hilason which was super comfortable, but quite slippery and shaped much wider. I definitely prefer the sleeker shape and traction of the Sensation. It's a higher quality, but the Hilason did the job just as well...at least in the short term. I like the look of the barefoots, but haven't used them. The only thing I'd be careful about is if your horse has high withers, be really careful to have the proper padding to keep the saddle off of those withers. I only mention this because most thoroughbreds I know seem to have high withers, and that is the one thing that treeless isn't the best for. I think as long as you use correct padding it should be okay.
Can't say personally about Freemax brand, but having had a fair bit of experience with various treeless saddles on various horses & with various riders, I don't believe they're all they're cracked up to be at all.
I think if you're a good rider, not too heavy, your horse is fit & well muscled and you're not going to be doing very long, hard rides, then a treeless(with a good spine clearance pad) can be fine. But for imbalanced or otherwise bad riders, heavy riders, unfit or weak backed horses, or people who like to spend many hours in a saddle at a time, a *well fitting* treed saddle, or a simple (stirrupless) bareback pad, seems to often be a better option for the horse.
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