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post #1 of 6 Old 04-16-2019, 10:32 AM Thread Starter
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Treeless Saddles

I was wondering about your opinions about treeless saddles, which was something I considered when I couldn't find a saddle for my horse.

Are they really that bad?

I've heard some people really like them, but I've mostly heard "there's a reason for a tree", "there's a reason why pros don't use them", "they're unstable", or "it feels like riding a super thick bareback pad."
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It depends on the treeless saddle. Some are cheaply made and do not give off much support. Some are thin and some are just not of good quality.

I have a Barefoot Treeless and I love it. I was lucky & got it for $300 (they run for about $890) from a friend.
While I don't ride in mine every single day (although some people do) it is very comfortable and is supportive. I love using it for trails.
I ride in it with a HAF pad and it has plenty of support. It doesn't pinch anywhere and my horse has NEVER been sore from it. :)

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Agree that "it depends". As with anything, there are junk treeless saddles and there are quality ones. But even a quality treeless saddle still needs to FIT your horse properly. They are not one-size-fits all.

My BO has a custom Bob Marshal treeless that she uses for trail riding (she's very much a recreational rider). But she loves it.

Obviously if you are doing something like roping, you have to have a tree in those cases.

So it depends what kind of riding you do, as well.
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I bought a Barefoot treeless from @AnitaAnn and like it very much. Anita Ann should reply to this thread as she knows a lot more about treeless saddles than I do. I had a lot of trouble finding a saddle to fit Chorro, and the Barefoot seems to not bother him.

It isn't as secure as a treed saddle, but I am quite comfortable in it and ride Chorro in it on trails all the time. I am quite happy with it. I can mount from the ground if I have to. I don't think I'd like to run barrels in it.
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post #5 of 6 Old 04-16-2019, 01:28 PM
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Originally Posted by Equilibrium View Post
I was wondering about your opinions about treeless saddles, which was something I considered when I couldn't find a saddle for my horse.

Are they really that bad?
For what and for whom.. like most things with horses, the devil is in the details.

There are garbage treeless saddles and there are good quality ones and what pad you use is very important. What type of riding do you do? While you can do many things treeless, as @beau159 said, roping in it is not going to work.

Personally, I have a Torsion treeless saddle as my catch ride saddle. I have a couple friends who ride exclusively in Bob Marshall Sports Saddles or Freeforms. I know horses that do great in treeless and others that it doesn't work for at all.

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post #6 of 6 Old 04-16-2019, 02:40 PM
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I rode in one for the first time on my sister's horse and it was ok for me until he decided to have a bucking fit. A friend who saw it happen said the back end of the saddle popped way up and helped propel me out of it. After a very painful face plant in the dirt I decided not to ride that horse or a treeless ever again.

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