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.
This is a review by Martha who uses these pads on her Freisians.
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.