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Thank you for stopping by. This blog has treeless saddle and bareback pad reviews, photos, articles and website links.
It also includes saddlery and products that may suit the dressage rider.
If you have a prototype or new product that you want feedback on, please get in touch. Our positive feedback for the prototype Dream saddle can be found below.
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friends and companions — On the loose

Yesterday I loaded Tarma up (we’re down to under five minutes with plenty of side eye and resentful alfalfa snatching once aboard) and drove up to my friend’s house for pony pedicure day. The farrier was late, as he saves this barn for last. We don’t mind as it gives us time to play in […]

friends and companions — On the loose

This blog posts about the Brockamp bareback pad, it is available in a lot of different colours and the blue that is shown here caught my eye.

Wintec Chafeless Dressage Girth

This girth has elastic through the centre, allowing the whole girth to mould with your horses shape. It means that the pressure is being evenly distributed.

It has a curved shape to reduce pinching behind the elbow. And being made from a durable wipe clean synthetic material, it is also easy to care for. It is ideal in summer as it is sweat reducing.

Comes in black or brown with two keepers to tuck the excess girth strap through.

This came with a recent saddle purchase and I have briefly girthed it up.

Photos and more info to follow.

The Sunday Review: Best Friends Bareback Pad — The Green Horseman

Hey everyone! As I mentioned at the end of last week’s article I mentioned I had been running behind in my reviews. I do apologize but here is the article that was supposed to be released LAST Sunday. The normal biweekly schedule will resume with next Sunday. With that out of the wat let’s begin! […]

The Sunday Review: Best Friends Bareback Pad — The Green Horseman

I have the black one. Love it.

I also find its great to use in the rain when you don’t want to get your tack dirty.

The Unbranded Treeless – Possibly Older Freemax / Freeform

I bought this saddle in January with the idea of using the base. I have a Freeform and my seat would sit nicely on this.

It isn’t branded, but looking at it, it is very similar to what an older Freemax / Freeform would have looked like.

Unbranded Treeless Base

It has movable knee rolls which is what interested me. My current treeless model doesn’t. However with the lockdown and other things besides, I never did get round to actually testing out my idea.

The seat itself is made of some sort of synthetic leather and although it comes with a wither iron arch, this didn’t seem to help the front sit well. The structure of the pommel on its own looks like it would offer wither clearance as you would be using a pad.

Unbranded Treeless Seat

The stirrup bars I believe were used in the Freemax, unless anyone knows of any of brands? So I lean towards either a copy of, or an old prototype.

Stirrup Plate and Either Iron Arch

How to Measure the seat size on a Sensation Treeless Saddle — EQUINE Ink

After buying a saddle that was definitely smaller than advertised, I learned how to measure the seat size on a Sensation treeless saddle. Unlike an English saddle where you measure from the button on the side of the pommel to the center of the cantle, or a Western saddle where you measure from the pommel […]

How to Measure the seat size on a Sensation Treeless Saddle — EQUINE Ink

Useful article. And a lovely shade of saddle.

I rode bareback for a year and this is what happened… — Simple Southern

If you’re an equestrian, you’ve no doubt heard of No Stirrup November. It’s when riders all over the globe try riding without stirrups. Some of them go bareback and some remove the stirrups leathers and irons from their saddles. The goal is to improve your riding by forcing yourself to use your seat and not […]

via I rode bareback for a year and this is what happened… — Simple Southern


I love riding bareback as well and have the same pad.


Amerigo Special Dressage Girth


I bought this girth to try out. If you are familiar with this brand, do get in touch as your opinions are useful to us.

It is a lovely quality soft calf skin girth and can be purchased from various retailers. The average price looks to be around the £150 mark.

Anatomically shaped, soft calfskin padding and keepers for the excess straps. Non elastic ends.

Available from 55cm to 85cm and comes in – black or brown.

Review to follow once it’s in use later in the year.






Barefoot Treeless Saddle Fenders – With Knee Rolls


I bought these to try as I spotted them secondhand. In this photo they are in use on the Freeform that doesn’t have any knee rolls.

You can probably use on any treeless without as they simply slide onto your current stirrup leathers, both the wider 2″ and the standard 1″. This product was used on a Trekker and it was also put on the Libra.

The knee roll itself was really comfortable and a decent size after riding without anything. The length was fine for me as I ride long but it wasn’t any good to go up for jumping, the fender was too big. I think the product would work better or at least have more potential if the knee roll was on velcro allowing you to adjust it.

Comes in brown or black. Overall length of Barefoot Fenders with Knee Rolls = 17″
Overall width from front of knee roll to back of fender = 14″

I decided to sell as I just wanted to review.


Requisite Roamer (Robinsons) Treeless Saddle Pad

These are not sold anymore by Requisite but do pop up for sale secondhand. They are still sold new in Scandinavia  Treeless pad.

I found one so decided to add my thoughts on this product. I did a brief mention of the saddle here Requisite Roamer

The pad itself is approx 25″ . It does have three position options to place your knee rolls. What I found interesting is generally the pads on the market do not have anywhere to put knee rolls or blocks. It’s only fairly recently that the companies have thought to even add them to the saddles.

The material is cotton on both sides with short black fleece to the underside. It offers a spinal channel and a place to pop in inserts to add more clearance. This is only accessible via the front opening.


I do not know what inserts these originally came with. It’s currently fitted with firm which I will alter as I try with the others.

Anatomically shaped with velcro to add to the d rings.

I ended up selling this pad as it was simply too long to try with either saddle.