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ShutUpJoe 02-11-2010 10:08 AM

Treeless Saddles?
What do you guys think of Treeless Saddles? Anyone have one? Are they really one size fits all?

horsea 02-11-2010 10:31 AM

I got Barefoot Saddle a few weeks ago and I love it. It is VERY comfy! I love how well you can feel the horse move underneath you, it's almost like riding bareback but with a saddle. Barefoot has 2 sizes and they are pretty correct. The saddle molds to you and your horse so I think the "one size fits all" statement is pretty correct. Good luck! :)

ShutUpJoe 02-11-2010 11:01 AM

I was looking at some barefoot ones. Thanks. I need a new saddle that fits me but I ride so many different horses I don't want a saddle won't fit the horse I'm riding.

horsea 02-11-2010 03:14 PM

Then I really recommend this saddle. One horse that I ride has a back problem that makes him VERY hard to fit. He diddn't even fit a saddle custom made for him! But my Barefoot Saddle fits him very nicely.

ShutUpJoe 02-11-2010 05:12 PM

Thank you. There is a nice one on ebay for a decent price. I've put a bid on it. So I'll see what happens : )

wyominggrandma 02-11-2010 05:34 PM

The only thing I have ever heard about Treeless saddles is not good. The Chiropractor for barrel racer Charmayne James said most all chiropractors love the treeless saddles but eventually they will cause back and next problems since there is nothing to take the weight off the horses back at anytime.
I was thinking of getting one, but after that, decided to get a well fitting Billy Cook saddle instead and just love it.

ShutUpJoe 02-11-2010 07:28 PM

Unfortunately I don't have thousands of dollars to buy a fitted saddle at the moment. If I did I don't think I would buy a fitted saddle right now because I'm not sure what horse I may end up with.

All I know is that I have a 15 inch saddle and a 17 inch butt. The saddle fits the horse that I use it on perfectly but it doesn't fit me at all. I'm just trying to find the best option.

luvs2ride1979 02-11-2010 08:08 PM

I have a Bob Marshall and a Black Forest (similar to Barefoot). They are great, but they are NOT one-size-fits-all. They also require a good pad to go with them. I use a Skito pad and a ThinLine pad. I'll be getting a Skito Treeless Half pad for the black forest, as it's more affordable ;-).

You also get what you pay for. Buying a cheap treeless saddle is no better than a cheap treed saddle. You want to stick with good brand names like Ansur, Sensation, Barefoot, Black Forest, Startrekk, Freeform, TreeFree, Torsion, Bob Marshall, EZ-Fit Treeless saddles (new brand that looks REALLY cool!), Bandos, and Heather Moffet's Vogue and Fheonix saddles. Stay AWAY from Hilason, Maya, Sydney Saddleworks, Freemax, and anything else that retails or eBay's new for less than $500. These "copy cat" saddles copy the look of quality saddles, but they are often poorly made with internal structures that are not suitable for use.

I am a heavy weight rider (250 lbs), so I use a Skito pad and a ThinLine pad together; on of the simple ThinLine Western pads. The extra pad under the Skito provides more weight distribution and is VERY non-slip. I feel quite secure in my saddle, even on green horses or "fun" trail rides. I use a 100% mohair roper cinch for added stability. For trail riding, I use an over-the-neck aussie/english style breastcollar (we have lots of hills!).

Here's my set up.

I swapped out the regular stirrups for padded, caged endurance stirrups. I have no problems keeping my leg under me for a "classical" position.

Some recent threads on treeless saddles:

ShutUpJoe 02-11-2010 09:04 PM

That's a nice looking saddle. Thanks

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