Can I Compete In A Treeless Saddle?

I get asked this from time to time. The simple answer is yes you can but just be aware of a couple of things.

If you opt for a class where the judge may ride, do not be offended if they decline. In the showing world, tradition is for a treed saddle, if showing if your chosen sport you might like to get one. 🙂

You may be marked down for being in a treeless in the show ring in a less than traditional looking model. Some judges just do not like them. If you want something traditional looking go for a Solution.

BD rules state that you can use a treeless saddle providing it is of a standard design, ie not western looking. If you want something traditional looking go for the Freeform, Barefoot or Sensation Dressage models.

We have had success in the Freeform Classic though. 🙂

2015 championship
              2015 championship
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Treeless Saddles and Reflective Hi Viz

It’s that time of year when some of you will be thinking of high visibility. I know some of you use all year round, but it’s this time of year that I think to post about it 🙂

So what do you people use? Even if you are using a treed saddle I am still interested. What colours do you opt for, chequered or plain?

High Visibility Saddle Bag
© Treeless Tried and Tested

These days you can pretty much find anything in the common yellow, pink, orange and white. I can confirm that plain white also shows up for those of you who don’t want to wear hi viz. Just by wearing a white shirt and pale jodphurs can help instead of our usual dark colour choice.

For the rider you can buy hat bands, skull cap covers, tabards, jackets, trousers, gloves, glove covers, arm bands and whips.

For the horse, exercise sheets, leg wraps, tail wraps, bridle covers, neck straps, stirrup lights and ear bonnets.

Saddle Bag in the image is from Performance Equestrian.

Channeled Suede Horse / Pony Bareback Pad

These are made to order in California USA, they take about a month to do. You can have a western or english model with the option of personalised extras.

Available in plain colours or you can have a tri colour pad made should you wish. 🙂

The feature of these pads is that they offer a spinal clearance channel.

A leather Latigo is fitted over the top with a Latigo one side and off billet on the other. These have a non slip base and stainless steel rigging.

Triple E Rugged Ride Horse / Pony Bareback Pad

These can be made in the Southwest colours or plain cordura colours. Measures 26.5″, so do make sure this will suit your horse.

Contoured shape, neoprene non slip Base, felt filled for comfort with off billets and tie strap. The non slip girth can be changed and it comes with one as standard.

From the Big Apple, New York in the USA 🙂

Triple E Rugged Ride
 © Triple E Rugged Ride

Tough 1 Premium Horse / Pony Bareback Pad

There are two versions of these pads. One is the Premium, made from 600 denier nylon outer shell. D rings for bottles etc. Fleece underside and weight of just 3lbs.

The other has two detachable bags and five d rings for crupper etc.

Both come with stirrups and as always I do not recommend their use.

I would be worried about them being slippery from the rain but Patty from CA in the USA couldn’t recall when she had to worry about riding in the rain 🙂 These are made by Jt Intl Distributors Inc and probably aimed at countries that are not as wet as the UK.

Tough 1
© Tough 1