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Anyone have one? Pros and cons please........
Good ones are expensive, generally over 1,500.00
The cheap brands (400.00-800.00) are not worth using.
I have talked to 30-40 people who have owned them, pretty much a tie, 50% love them and 50% thought they were good for target practice :lol:
lol! They are very comfortable I have ridden in one.....Seems like they would be easier on your horses back.
I know of two that are for sale and reasonably priced. One is a Torsion the other Barefoot. The horses were sold.
I have a Rebecca Underwood Softrider and love it. My husband just got his as well. I love my treeless but I also find the design of the softrider more secure than some of the other treeless saddles. In addition she in clues the proper pad with her saddles so you don't have to buy a separate pad like a skito.
There are treeless groups on FB and yahoo that are great places to get input from people who use these saddles on a daily basis - including several endurance riders.
Saddles with traditional panels disperse the riders weight more evenly onto the horse's back.
Treeless saddles feel fun to ride in though!
advantages are fitting, or more precisly, not fitting different horses. Seriously that is pretty much it.
they need special pads, they concentrate weight in one spot, they arnt as stable, basically a step backwards in saddle design. Ive seen the thermal imaging from even the good ones. They are not in the horse's best interest. Although lighter riders seem to be able to get away with them, the horses are doing ok despite the treeless saddle not because of.
There is nothign you can do treeless you cant do better with a properly fit tree.
As Joe4d said ...
My concern would be weight distribution.
I've got one - a Freemax (English shape). Used while my horse was overweight and no treed saddle would fit.
Worked fine in that I could exercise him, but it tended to roll. Or maybe that was just flab moving ;)
I tend to agree with the argument that a treeless will eventually cause a sore spot mid-back, but it depends on individual horse, rider and workload.
Treed saddles were developed so horses could carry more weight for longer periods with fewer problems. Small ponies carrying children work quite happily in pad saddles with no trees.
So you can't generalise. *Typical horses* ;)
I ride in the Kuda treeless saddle and me and my horses love it :D
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