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It also includes saddlery and products that may suit the dressage rider.

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Libra Treeless- Can It Be Sourced?

I know the Libra Saddle brand has ceased, but because I get messsges asking about it, I wondered where else it could be found.

It is possible that the following saddles could be from the same manufacturers. The saddles in the photo look like they are trying to be the original Hackabout/ Explorer.

Pure Rider

But the Status is probably the nearest. This is in Australia and comes with the original zip to remove the pommel and cantle insert.



Christ Lammfelle ‘cloud’ edition

This was released last year by the looks of it. Only one review on their website.


Adjustable seat and knee rolls. Anti rub material to the outside leg panels. Will be the usual beautiful quality as expected from this brand.

Marketed as a bareback pad and to use stirrups. My personal thoughts are to avoid the stirrups altogether.

Saddling Solutions To Close

‘Saddling Solutions will be closing by the end of this year. I’ve really enjoyed helping everyone find the best saddle for them, but my life
situation is such that I just don’t have the time for it any longer. So, we’re selling off all of our remaining stock’ –

Saddling Solutions is an official U.S. importer of the Startrekk treeless saddle line, Deuber Saddlery DP saddle line, and Sensation treeless saddles.

Authorized dealer for Skito saddle pads, Thinline Pads & Accessories, Montana Cincha girths & cinches, Toklat pads, Zilco tack, and JMS sheepskin.

Saddling Solutions

Is a Treeless Saddle Right for You?

From Acton Rider Tack.
Is treeless right for you.

Action Rider Tack

BarefootNevadaLIVEFieldgirl Barefoot Nevada Treeless Western Saddle

There are so many saddles in this world, where does one begin? Saddle trees were traditionally made of wood, which is why it’s called a tree. Today, treed saddles are made out of various materials. Saddle trees can be made with wood reinforced with spring steel, wood combined with other metals or rawhide, fiberglass, synthetic polyethylene, and even plastic. Treeless saddles are often made with leather, foam, fiberglass, felt and other materials to create panels for spine protection and a stiff pommel for wither protection. The decision to choose a treed or treeless saddle is most often based on what works best for your horse.

Action Rider Tack has been selling a variety of treed and treeless saddles for years, and through our experience with success and failures we have developed certain guidelines to determine whether a treeless saddle might be good for you.


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Acavallo Seat Saver Review — Gel in or Gel out?

Well written review on the acavallo seat saver


When I first started riding again after my accident, I expected my ankle to hurt. I worried my knee would hurt. I felt like I had to protect my body.

What I didn’t expect was that my seat bones would hurt! Let’s face it, before my accident, my rides were pretty active. My weight was in my legs as we were trotting and cantering a lot. During my recovery, I’ve been walking. A lot. I’m out of shape, my horses are out of shape and my legs are still regaining their strength. What I’ve discovered is that my beloved saddles are hard!

I’ve tried seat savers in the past. I’ve owned sheepskin ones, a Cashel seat saver, a Thinline seat saver . . . none of them really worked for me. It was a Goldilocks kind of situation. Some were two thick, which changed the way my saddles fit (making…

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Barefoot Treeless, Merlyn

The new model for Barefoot is the Merlyn. This is a dressage model with extra short flaps for the cob, smaller horse or the short legged rider.

Very smart design in a soft leather, soft knee rolls, lower cantle and deep seat.

Narrow seat- twist that allows more contact for the rider. Adjustable S curve stirrup plate to allow the precise positioning of the leathers for the rider. This is an open attachment, similar to the E bar design not used on Barefoot, but an S shape. This might mean you do not require a safety stirrup as with the closed rings, but I am awaiting confirmation on this point.


Freeform Bareback Pad, Evolution Light Pro Contact

I haven’t heard of these before so not sure how long they have been around.

Translated from German. It looks to be available in suede or leather. Can be ordered in various colours and comes with a standard or cut back front. Flat stirrup bars and d rings front and back.

The pad has the Y girthing system with a stabilizing and cushioning soft foam core inside. Non slip sympanova underside, with two velcro strips for optional paneling. These are sold separately, the upholstery of the panels can be customized.

Waiting for permission to add photos of this product.