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If you have a Barefoot Saddle, what's your opinion on it? Reading some reviews on it, I find that a lot of people say that you have to have good balance to ride in one. I have extremely good balance, as I do most of my riding bareback because I find the English saddles that I have a little uncomfortable.
The saddle would mainly used for trail riding and an occasional gallop here and there.
 

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I don't have one but have heard many comments and read a bunch more.
Some love them, some don't.

What I have heard most though is you really must use the specific pad designated for that saddle for best results.
I think that would make a difference in stability, horses comfort and your safety.
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I had a Barefoot treeless. It wasn鈥檛 a bad saddle, but as far as treeless saddles go, I think there are better options out there, particularly for trail riding.

It might not be an issue if your horse is narrow, but mine was wide, and I felt like the Barefoot didn鈥檛 have much of a twist (even with bolsters). I also had a bit of a struggle getting the stirrups to put my leg in the right spot. I found that Sensation, FreeForm and Ghost seemed to have more of a dressage leg and less of a chair seat. My current treeless is a Ghost, which I really like.
 

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It might not be an issue if your horse is narrow, but mine was wide, and I felt like the Barefoot didn鈥檛 have much of a twist (even with bolsters). I also had a bit of a struggle getting the stirrups to put my leg in the right spot. I found that Sensation, FreeForm and Ghost seemed to have more of a dressage leg and less of a chair seat. My current treeless is a Ghost, which I really like.
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Okay, my paint mare is built pretty narrow. Thanks for the recommendations for the other brands!
 

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Tried a fair few types, Inc an old style barefoot. I've looked into many. If only I could afford a good newer one... Know many trail riders & endurance people who swear by treeless. Like treeless as a rule, tho barefoot not my favourite - tho as said, only tried old one.

With treeless generally - more or less depending on type - they may be little more than a glorified bareback pad, often don't distribute weight well, all the pressure is over the stirrups(when pressure on them) & girth. For that reason, it's often advised not to girth them up tightly - which can make the saddle less stable, esp on a more... rotund horse. That's why they say you need better balance. Modern treeless with more rigid panels, or broader pressure distribution have addressed that, to a larger degree. Many don't provide enough - sometimes any - spinal clearance, without using a special pad. Some have panels though, so special pad not needed. Many are not very adjustable - tho some have removable & changeable panels. And as you've mentioned, many have no/little 'twist' so they can be wide & uncomfortable for some, esp on a wide horse. I've found all I've tried to be like that, aside from the Freeform with the moulded seat. They may need a breastplate & crupper to keep them in place, esp going up or down hills. Some don't have 'D's to attach things like that, or not strong ones. So, when looking at different types, they're the main considerations imo for finding a good one.
 

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Hey CaliforniaDreaming I looked up the Sensation saddles, not sure I've seen them before, but their site didn't have a lot of info & no prices(seem not to be available currently??) - can you point us towards more on these please? I love the Ghost saddles too. Have ridden in one once, wish I could afford...
 

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Hey CaliforniaDreaming I looked up the Sensation saddles, not sure I've seen them before, but their site didn't have a lot of info & no prices(seem not to be available currently??) - can you point us towards more on these please? I love the Ghost saddles too. Have ridden in one once, wish I could afford...
Something鈥檚 going on with the Sensation website. A few years ago, they had a really extensive site with all the models and information, but after last year, I don鈥檛 know if they sold the physical tack store they had or what. I think they also changed the business model in how they make saddles. I believe they鈥檙e looking for a new workshop as well. They鈥檙e listing available saddles on the Nickers Saddlery Facebook page though.
 

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I have one. It's fine. As treeless saddles go, they are less stable in terms of mounting and slipping. Just have to make certain that the treeless pad keeps weight off the spine area.
 
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