Barefoot Treeless Saddle Pads

This is a well-loved physio pad. It was black but I like the fading as it gives me an idea of what they look like brown. 🙂

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This shape is the cheyenne and you can now purchase the physio pad in the following models – Cherokee, Barrydale, Arizona/Atlanta, Madrid/Nevada and London.

The cushion in the photo below comes with the physio pad as standard but it’s being sold individually as well. It’s sold as M or L and I haven’t a clue how you would determine this.

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Barefoot now offer The Special pads. These come with a wool base as standard and offer you the option of adding inserts if required. A good step in the right direction. They are anatomically shaped, cut to fit that model of saddle, and have a split at the front to avoid pressure on the wither.

These pads can be used with the following models Size 0 Cheyenne black only.  Size 1&2 Lexington, Cheyenne, Cherokee, Atlanta/Arizona, Nevada/Madrid, London (black) and Barrydale.

It looks like the non insert older pad style is no longer being produced.

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Treeless Saddle Pad. Inserts / Shims.

These are Barefoot Shims- the pale colour.  I actually bought two and cut one in half. The thinking behind that, I was only needing to support the front and I didn’t need the lift the whole saddle. If that idea failed I had a spare set! It worked.

Now I am not suggesting everyone goes and cuts these in half. However the cost of buying an insert specifically for the front or back can cost the same as the whole pad, it was just an idea. Up to you if you trial and error that idea.

The black is rubber and I do not recall who this is by, it could be the Barefoot rubber but it arrived that short so it might even be a rear lift. ( if you turn them over they fit the front, a temporary solution)

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What do you guys use let me know. Do you make your own, if yes where from. I could add to the links for others.

Barefoot Treeless, Merlyn

The new model for Barefoot is the Merlyn. This is a dressage model with extra short flaps for the cob, smaller horse or the short legged rider.

Very smart design in a soft leather, soft knee rolls, lower cantle and deep seat.

Narrow seat- twist that allows more contact for the rider. Adjustable S curve stirrup plate to allow the precise positioning of the leathers for the rider. This is an open attachment, similar to the E bar design not used on Barefoot, but an S shape. This might mean you do not require a safety stirrup as with the closed rings, but I am awaiting confirmation on this point.

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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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Grandeur Saddle Pad Colours

The Grandeur saddle pads that fit a variety of treeless saddles are available in pink, blue and purple.

Any stockist can order these in.

The following photographs are used with permission from Horse Connection They are Australian based and are also the exclusive distributors for Ghost.

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Barefoot Nottingham

New saddle joining the range. I believe the Notting Hill will cease and this is the updated version.

It has the new three layer vps system which is good for riders who are heavy on their stirrups, and for those who are using it for jumping.

Still available in the standard two sizes. This one has a lovely tobacco brown and black option, or just black.

The saddle is made from leather and Drytex, comes with the Y girthing and adjustable knee rolls.

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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. 🙂

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