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PunksTank 07-09-2013 08:35 PM

Treeless DownUnder Kimberly saddle info
I've been desperate to find a treeless saddle that would fit both my drafts - with different padding of course. One of them is flat as a board and as wide as my dining room table! No treed saddle ever fit. The other is very tall and narrow, but came to me very skinny, he's still rebuilding his topline. He's very narrow up top, but his shoulders get very wide, so treed saddles just wouldn't sit right.
So I researched all the treeless saddles I could, then I realized I'm broke and can't afford any of them xD
Then I found a group of treeless saddles that were more in my budget, $300ish. I settled on buying the Downunder Kimberly treeless saddle. I got a medium (they didn't have a small?) black one. I was very scared when I ordered it that it would be junk - most other treeless options at the same price range had terrible reviews, this one just had none.

I have to say I'm pleasantly surprised!!
I love it!! It's seat velcro's on and under the seat is the attachable strap for the stirrups. I was concerned about the stirrups putting too much pressure in one spot, so I put my arms underneath and had my friend put pressure on the stirrups and the saddle really does distribute the weight well. It has a little metal half tree, it didn't work for either of my horses so I just peeled it off :P The girth that came with it fit well for my two drafts. But the stirrup leathers boggled my mind, so I replaced them. I tried it on some of the smaller horses at my rescue, it fit moderately comfortably on the larger horses, but on the smaller horses it was just too long in the back.

Well sorry for blabbing on here are all the pics! I noticed there was only 1 stock photo online and nothing that showed how it really worked.

Saddlebag 07-09-2013 10:39 PM

I "ripped" a Torsion apart the other day to take pics for a prospective buyer. Wonderful stuff that Velcro. Is there a pommel to keep the front off the horse's withers? A word of caution, do ride with a long stirrup so the weight of your legs in the stirrups don't create a sore back. The gal buying the Torsion has opted to swap out the padded fleece pad for a round skirt Tacky Too pad I don't need. It's supposed to help the treeless stick to the horse.

PunksTank 07-09-2013 11:22 PM

Thanks saddlebag, the little metal pommel that came with the saddle didnt fit either of my horses so I removed it. For my narrow backed horse whos got a deflated topline I use a fuzzy pad thats filled with gell pads to fill the gaps and keep the saddle off his spine and withers. For my big fat mare it fits just fine with a regular pad that has padding on the sides but just fabric down the center. I havent needed a tacky pad, it doesnt slide much but ill be getting a breast collar for my round mare just in case. Of course I use a block to mount, it would definitely flip if I tried to get one with a stirrup.

Saddlebag 07-10-2013 11:22 AM

How are those stirrup bars held on? Are you able to remove that strap that runs side to side to each bar? Just curious.

Saddlebag 07-10-2013 11:33 AM

Torsion I can't believe I actually posted a picture.

PunksTank 07-10-2013 01:25 PM


Originally Posted by Saddlebag (Post 3019306)
How are those stirrup bars held on? Are you able to remove that strap that runs side to side to each bar? Just curious.

Yes the stirrups are velcroed on with that strap, I remove it for lunging and stuff.

PunksTank 07-10-2013 01:28 PM


Originally Posted by Saddlebag (Post 3019402)
Torsion I can't believe I actually posted a picture.

Seeing this one I like my Kimberly one better! The stirrups on the Torsion are attached right on their spine and in one narrow spot, on the Kimberly the velcro strap is fairly wide and holds most of the weight on the sides of the horse, more than directly on their spine. The velcro for the seat is also much more secure on the Kimberly. But I like the soft pommel of the Torsion better than the metal piece in my Kimberly, that was useless to me.

Saddlebag 07-10-2013 03:37 PM

The seat Velcro has plenty of grab. I had to really pull to get it apart. The Velcro makes it sound like the saddle is being ripped apart instead of dismantles. The Torsion has the same grippy bottom as as Tacky Too pad. Does that mean it can be used without any more padding? There's a fleecey pad that was used which I would think would have been slippery. I've never used this thing. I'm trying to sell it for a friend who lives about 60 mi out in the toolies.

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