This is a review by Martha who uses these pads on her Freisians.
This pad would be too padded for me, but read this bloggers lovely product.
I love equi-shopping! I’m sure most equestrians and horse lovers alike can vouch for that one. While my clothing is growing more holes each year my horse is enjoying her new sidepull bride, Barefoot Physio Bareback pad and her ex$pen$ive Hemp Oil supplement (more on that later). Maybe we could all just oogle at these gorgeous details on this sidepull bridle from Knavish Designs.
You may remember I posted this gorgeous thing on my holiday wishlist and I think you could call this an early birthday present for Saphira. Mary Anne at Knavish Designs was helpful, collaborative and open to suggestions. I asked if I could incorporate a ring on the noise piece for light academic exercises and she was more than happy to accommodate! The attention to detail and practicality is amazing and I couldn’t be more pleased. Saphira and I will be continuing her training in this! (Click…
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I bought a secondhand pad that arrived this week.
It will need cleaning as mentioned by the seller. That’s a wipe over in my books! I whipped the stirrups off and will sell those on to someone. Why companies still insist on this, pass.
I actually don’t know who made the pad and this is part of my interest in buying it. It came from the USA and I have no reason to suspect it didn’t start out there.
It has an attached western cinch and sympanova breathable base. The base aspect made me feel it was going to be a good quality product. It is very lightly padded more so than the Best Friend if you are familiar.
The patterned top I have seen similar on other pads. ( south-west pattern). Once it’s photographed if anyone wants to help solve the who made it fiddle, please do.
These are being launched in July.
Available in black only with a narrower twist.
It’s not often that I feel compelled to warn readers of the volume of cheap saddles on the market currently.
EBay appears to be attracting numerous sellers from India selling saddles that are better suited to a rocking horse.
They are often poorly made, glued in places or with poor stitching. The stirrup bars might not be symmetrical. The leather is slippery and sometimes hard. The saddle may even collapse in the centre if you use it. The complete package can include buckles that do not fit and render the leathers and girth useless. People usually sell on as used once, tried on doesn’t fit.
The only budget range treeless that I recommend is the Libra saddle range from Libra Equestrian. I have reason to believe this brand has no current stockist for the saddle. They will pop up second hand though.
Trekker Talent I
I bought a trekker talent I off of Ebay about 4 years ago for a youngster that I was backing. Initially I found that it slipped about a bit but after trying many girths I settled for a swung girth from equine whispers and a haf pad. The saddle is literally like sitting on an armchair and extremely comfortable. At one time I fancied a change and bought a torsion saddle which although was very comfortable I found that with the equitex pad I had very little contact with my horse ( a very round fjord!). Fortunately I had not sold the trekker so we went back to that one.
These were sold by Robinsons Country Leisure uk. They are not in production anymore. However these pop up second-hand and they are a good starter saddle for anymore thinking about trying one.
They have closed stirrup rings, so should be used with a safety stirrup or safety fitting on the leather.
The pad designed to be used with this saddle had the option of movable knee rolls. These could be positioned in three different places. If you come across a pad with missing blocks you can easily replace these as some treed saddles have velcro blocks on the saddle itself. It also has shock absorbing inserts.
Feel wise they are similar to riding in a Torsion. But have the look of Barefoot.
I bought this to try as I have had great products from Kavalkade before.
This dressage girth is available from 20″ up to 34″, available black. Small d ring at the front to clip any training aids onto to. Plus a small removable strap if you haven’t got the clip attachment.
The memory foam aspect is great as it really moulds to the shape of your horse. Non slip but soft and flexible.
Elasticated at both ends and as a rule I personally don’t like this set up on a treeless saddle. I much prefer the central elastic if I am going to opt for it.
Well thought out keeper positioning. There is also a pocket to place the ends into.
I did try this girth partially over the winter. In order to do a full review I actually need a smaller size. But, what I did note was how well made the product is. On that basis I do want to source a smaller one.
It’s on, and it’s here to stay. Valiosa had a ride with the bareback pad. Mostly at the walk. It still got clammy. Yep, summer! I’m trying to save up on my elbow joints, helping them heal. So, some alternative work here and there, without lifting the saddle. Not sure we’re really all that productive, […]
Looking very smart here with a pad underneath.
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