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post #11 of 28 Old 01-09-2009, 08:58 AM
 
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I have a treeless. It's sitting in my basement with the tags still on it. I bought it with the idea that I could use a western cinch on it, BUT I can't. I need an English type girth. And a really small one at that, like 20 inces or less.

I've always wanted to try a treeless. I hope it works out for you!
Couldn't you get a converter? I have been seeing them everywhere lately? That way you could try your treeless out! Which treeless did you buy?
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I think you can add inserts to the grandeur pad. You might want to check with a barefoot retailer to see what your options are. ThinLine will custom make inserts for you too.
Yes, I am getting the inserts in the grandeur pad also- my question I guess was more on the heavier rider (over 160lbs) that I didn't know if I should have the new grandeur pad....has more padding, I believe?
Just wondering if anyone has heard about this.....the regular one is fine for me, but my husband may occasionally ride in this saddle and just want to be prepared and not cause any issues.
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Yes, I am getting the inserts in the grandeur pad also- my question I guess was more on the heavier rider (over 160lbs) that I didn't know if I should have the new grandeur pad....has more padding, I believe?
Just wondering if anyone has heard about this.....the regular one is fine for me, but my husband may occasionally ride in this saddle and just want to be prepared and not cause any issues.
Adding the extra inserts when he rides should be enough for the added weight. I have heard of riders up to 185 lbs use the grandeur pad with good success, with the extra inserts.

If the inserts are a pain, you could also get a ThinLine Contour pad and use that over your Grandeur pad when your DH rides. The ThinLine does wonders for aiding in weight distribution. It also aids in side-to-side stability, which is important for heavier riders.
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Thanks so much- I will have to look into that! I just can't wait to get mine now- darn shipping got rescheduled so I have to wait until monday!
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I have a custom bob marshall treeless, and it's the best thing I've ever owned. I do use a skito pad most of the time, but if I'm competing (team penning, showing etc...) I use my show pad underneath. My QH is a bit mutton withered, and this is the only thing that hasn't pinched her or hurt her back. The only thing you wouldn't want to use this type of saddle for would be things like roping etc... where you need the sturdiness of a tree. I recommend this type of saddle to a lot of my clients that have problems fitting saddles on their horses (I'm an Equine Sport Therapist).
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Your palomino is gorgeous!!! Very nice looking.
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Thanks! She is a doll, sweetest horse I've ever owned.
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Ive never seen a treeless saddle before. Could you use it for jumping?
does it look like a normal jumping/ hunter/jumper saddle?

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Couldn't you get a converter? I have been seeing them everywhere lately? That way you could try your treeless out! Which treeless did you buy?

If I used a converter I would need to use a western cinch designed for a mini horse. So a converter isn't an option. It's an endurance type treeless and I don't think it's brand name.
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post #20 of 28 Old 01-13-2009, 07:46 PM
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Ive never seen a treeless saddle before. Could you use it for jumping?
does it look like a normal jumping/ hunter/jumper saddle?
There are many brands and types of treeless saddles. There isn't just "a treeless saddle."

Bob Marshall makes endurance and western saddles, some pretty traditional looking saddles too. Nickers English Treeless and Bob Marshall Western Treeless Saddles and Sports Saddle, Inc. :: Bob Marshall Treeless Saddles

Sensation makes a nice Dressage saddle and a VSD that you can do low jumps in. They also have a hyrbrid endurance and a western-y style endruance. Nickers Sensation Ride Treeless Saddles Western English Hybrid Dressage All Treeless

Ansur makes some pretty traditional looking Dressage, AP, and Western saddles. They are a bit pricey though.
https://www.ansursaddle.com

Freeform has some nice saddles too, ranging from Dressage, VSD, Endurance, and western-y endurance.
FreeForm Treeless Saddles - Endurance, Dressage, Jumping

Startrek has a nice line of saddles, endurance, western, iberian/spanish, and Dressage.
Startrekk Comfort, Western, Endurance, Icelandic, Espaniola, and Dressage Treeless Saddles

There are lots of brands out there, these are just my favorite brands/models. Just keep in mind that you get what you pay for! I would stay AWAY from brands such as Sydney Saddleworks, Hilason, Maya, or any "no-name" saddle. These cheap Asian imports are not well made and often fall apart pretty quickly.
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