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. 🙂
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?
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.
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.