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post #11 of 15 Old 11-07-2013, 08:43 AM
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I find treeless saddles very uncomfortable personally.
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post #12 of 15 Old 11-07-2013, 08:45 AM
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Originally Posted by Saddlebag View Post
No matter which treeless you ride with you must use a long stirrup, very long. Otherwise the narrow band that holds the stirrups, just below the withers will make the horse sore from the weight of the legs. Also, same with the cinch, it can't be as tight as a regular saddle. Unless your sister is well balanced when riding bareback a treeless can slip around on the horse. Some have found the use of a breast collar and crupper reduces the incidence of this. Some people prefer the grippy textured neoprene of some pads. Skito may be one of them and are often sole with treeless.
Most treeless saddles no longer have a strap going over the back to hold the stirrups. If that was causing a problem on a horse, longer stirrups wouldn't help anyway. Longer stirrups won't make your legs weigh less. Improper padding is far more likely the cause. People who jump treeless don't ride in long stirrups - they ride in normal jump length stirrups.

You do need correct padding and that's typically a pad that has pockets along the spine for pads and creates a channel over the spine. Some treeless saddles are totally flat on the underside and some proof are spinal clearance.

They do need to be fitted but many times adjusting the padding or even adding shims can help create a custom fit. It's also a lot easier to adjust as the horse changes.

Skito, Equipedic and HAF pads are very popular among treeless folk. They're not cheap but you can find them used if you shop around.

OP I'm on mobile so I can't PM. If you PM me I will send you a link to a treeless saddle group. You could post pictures of your horse and they will make recommendations for a saddle and pad. You also may get lucky and find exactly what you need used for sale.
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Originally Posted by gypsygirl View Post
I find treeless saddles very uncomfortable personally.
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I feel that way about treed :) feels like I'm sitting on a 2x4 on top of the horse.
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kiwi79, I use a status saddle, too, and I find them quite durable, to be honest.
I've had this saddle for more than a year now, and it still looks as good as new.

Regarding the treeless saddle, it was sold to someone else. :/ Oh well, I guess it just wasn't meant to be. We've decided to get a status elite self-adjusting gullet GP saddle for Syd, since we tried my gelding's saddle (which is, in fact, a status elite self-adjusting saddle) on him once and it was great, only that it was a tiny bit big. (We had to do this when we looked at him before bringing him home for the first time, because his previous owner didn't have a saddle for him.)

So...we'll get a smaller sized status elite saddle for Syd, and see how it goes.
Thanks for the info, everyone. My sis is pretty balanced, but not perfectly, so I can see problems ahead if she did get a treeless saddle for Syd.

And here's a pic of Syd, because he's adorable. :P
He and my sis are a great pair, they have so much fun together

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post #15 of 15 Old 11-07-2013, 09:28 PM
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Love that pic!

That's good to hear that they can be a durable saddle with the cheap price tag, maybe I just lucked out as mine was on sale for $99 and looked like it had been knocking around for awhile. I didn't expect too much from it at that price anyway!
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