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

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Rainlegs New Colour- Reflective

I have the original black with the reflective closure.

They have introduced a reflective pair that shines up in-car headlights. Ideally I don’t plan to be out riding if it’s that dark but on dull days the light grey will show up better than my current black, in combination with the other hi viz garments.

 

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The weather is so changeable in an hour this will be a good addition to your wardrobe. These are great if you are likely to get caught in a light shower and as they are wind proof it keeps your legs that bit warmer.

Available from Amazon and some ebay sellers.

 

Western Bareback Pad- brand unknown

If anyone has an idea who made this please let me know. It was purchased from a seller in New York but it may or may not have started out in the states.

Nicely shaped, it’s not too wide even though it is 22″ length. Sympanova non slip base. Herculon top with Black Southwest/Nevada pattern. Lightly padded.

Western latigo with ring requiring you to use a standard cinch knot. Nylon strap.

Photos to follow and review when it’s been used more. Just fitted and tried once.

All the pretty things!

This pad would be too padded for me, but read this bloggers lovely product.

audrey & saphira

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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.

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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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Do Not Buy Cheap Treeless Saddles

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.

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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.

Requisite Roamer Treeless Saddle

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.