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SonnyWimps 05-02-2008 09:41 PM

treeless? can someone help me shop?
Well lately I've been having tons of problems finding a saddle that fit Sonny...the saddle would either be too small or too big. I tried on 6 western saddles that the barn owner owns...and 1 (which was the one I am selling)

Sonny seems to have an abnormally shaped body and it's making life sooo dificult. I don't want to cause him pain by riding in a saddle that doesn't fit...but then again I want to ride him cause he goes crazy if I don't ride him often. His back is too slippery (or at least seems so) to ride completely bare back...and he can be spooky so I don't want to ride bareback because of that.

I was thinking that treeless is the way to go...but most of the treeless that I've seen are really expensive. Since I'm only a part time worker, I need a saddle that is affordable, yet isn't some cheapy thing that won't last.

Can anyone help me saddle shop? I don't mind if it has a tree...but as long as there are LOTS of different tree sizes...

What I want to do:
trail riding
jumping (only occasionally...not every day)
pleasure riding

The saddle MUST be comfortable :D
I don't care really what it looks like as long as it isn't a totally abnormal color (and NO pink)....must be lightweight, and perferably (if it's leather) swayed leather...but regular will work also.

Thanks all in advance!

cloudy18 05-04-2008 10:49 PM

I had the same problem, and am still iffy on my saddle. It seems to fit best of any so far, and I have tried on tons. It's an Aussie. Ok, a pricey Flex tree and Tucker seemed to fit well. Have you tried an Aussie? The kind with the English style padding, not the fleece? Have you tried any Flex trees? You have to be careful bc a cheap one probably won't work well. When researching, I found that treeless are expensive and I am not sold. I read that your weight does not get distributed with no tree, so all your weight in one spot causes back pain. But I have never tried one. I also read not so good things about Flex trees, so who knows. Have you tried English saddles? And have you taken him to a tack store where the owner actually knows how to fit saddles? Or possibly look for a saddle fitting clinic nearby. I understand your pain, bc I am still not sure about my saddle. She does not seem sore, but she's not wet all over where I think she should be. If you have big bucks to spend you can have one custom made. You really are not going to be able to buy one unless he tries it one, or you do proper tracings of him for a saddle company.

slew 05-11-2008 11:09 PM

I have a barefoot treeless saddle. It is the best thing I have ever bought. My horse was really hard to fit a saddle to as well but this fits perfectly and he is comfy as. Also very comfy to ride in. Can't remember website address, sorry. But maybe try searching for " barefoot treeless saddles" The brand name is Barefoot. I do trail riding and its the perfect saddle for long distances.

Dumas'_Grrrl 05-12-2008 09:12 AM

What about finding a saddle that fits really close to good and then spending some money on a really good pad. Like one of the air ride max thingys. Does anyone at your barn have one that you could try out under your new synthetic saddle?

kim_angel 05-16-2008 03:43 PM

I am considering buying a treeless saddle too.
They look super comfy.

HooverH 05-16-2008 11:51 PM

Billy Cook and Circle Y make a killer treeless, but expensive. Try to find it used. It's usually called a "Sport Saddle" when it has the Billy Cook name.

The one thing my instructor has said on treeless is you must have good balance, as it's actually easier to fall off it than barebacking.

Rikke 05-18-2008 07:23 AM

I prefer the Startrekk saddles, when it comes to the treeless ones. Even though the same is lying a little about them, because they aren't really treeless. It's hybridsaddles that's flexible in the length, making them fit any horse, no matter how their back is.
I've tried both the western and the dressage model, and I love them both.
You can read more about them here:

If you want a less expensive alternative the Barefoot Arizona is really good.

HooverH: I don't think that's completely true. A cheap treeless saddle is not easy to ride is because there's nothing in the saddle that keeps it balanced on the horse. But a more expensive one is just like any other saddle, and stays on the horse.

my2geldings 05-19-2008 01:12 PM

I don't of an actual store that has them. Going online might be an option?
Are you sure thats what you want? if you plan to show, in most places they are actually not allowed.

Something to keep in mind.

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