Treeless Saddles on wide & short backed Haflinger
Just looking for experiences people have had in using treeless saddles on Haflingers. Also interested in the performance you've had if any in competitive trail with your Haflinger. I have one and am considering competing and possibly getting a treeless for him because I have such a hard time fitting a saddle to him due to his wide, but short back. Thanks!
Welcome to the forum! I can't boast any experience with them on Halflingers, but am very jealous that you own one!!! When I went to see my Morgan before getting her, the lady had me try her out with her treeless saddle, and I've been pining for one ever since! I'm sure other members will have experiences with Halflingers and be ready to help :)
Hopefully!! It would be very helpful!
I don't have a Haffie, but I have a wide backed, short withered horse and I use a treeless on her.
I LOVE it!!
My only complaint, or challenge is my saddle slips on the downhills.
And, remounting in the woods was difficult too.
Treeless fits wonderful~ mare has no complaints and they're really really comfy!
In that case you should use a crupper! That helps! :) Good luck! And thank you!
Yep, I just started looking into it.
I don't have a Haffy either but use a treeless (Freemax) on a 16.1hh DWBxID when he's unfit and consequently very fat (his fit width is about 2XW but varies A LOT).
I too have the slipping issue - sideways in my case - and can't mount from the ground without assistance. A non-slip pad would probably help but since the saddle's just a stop-gap I've not bothered.
I once tried to get a Torsion treeless to mark a customer's AQH (very square-shouldered) and failed, even when the horse's back was powdered to make areas with extra pressure more visible. I was impressed - the saddle didn't move in the couple of hours we rode the horse about - but I hated the saddle. The customer loved it though, so that was okay.
I'd see if you can get one on trial before buying to see if it suits both of you :)
The pads on treeless saddles sometimes compress as you ride which for some horses require a girth tightening before remounting. If you learn to mount the Icelandic way you can eventually do so without being virtues allegedly. I haven't had the time to practice enough to see if that's true or not. Here's the website I learned it from: Icelandic Saddle Fitting
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I have a haffy:D (or two) but don't like treeless so I use a Wintec Wide GP which fits very well and a Thorowgood cob dressage saddle which also fits well.
But I could probably still vault on an Icelandic, so the problem wouldn't be that great. Trouble is mine's a little bigger :wink:
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