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 Takent I

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.

 

Kavalkade Memory Foam Anatomical Dressage Girth

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.

Bareback Pad

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, […]

via There’s no denying it – summer heat is ON — A Horse For Elinor

 

Looking very smart here with a pad underneath.

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String Girth

I think these types of girth are a bit like marmite. You either love them and have no issues or you don’t like them, have issues.

I tried the Busse dressage synthetic string girth. If anyone has a Stubben one, and can tell if Busse is a cheaper version, please email or leave a comment.

My riding instructor doesn’t like them. My horse started out fine but changed her mind. I rode in the synthetic version for all of one month and found jumping it allowed the saddle to move where my other one doesn’t.

It didn’t keep my saddle as secure as my previous girth for hacking. I found it allowed it to move ever so slightly.  On a wide type that’s not ideal.

As a product it was well made. Nice width, keepers. Easy to clean. Just not suitable for our needs.

Freeform Freewest

I have spent the summer trying out our new seat. I had it shipped over from VA USA just before the summer.

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I needed to move up a seat size and the difference is amazing. It’s on a Classic Freeform Base with a brown Freewest seat. The skirt I didn’t know if that would hinder or help, but I don’t notice it. In fact I have ditched the t bar and gone back to standard leathers. So maybe the skirt shape protects my thigh from the flat buckle.

The black and brown combo looks quite nice and since the brown was reduced I just got that.

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