The Fitform Treeless Saddle

These do pop up for sale and some people still like them. I decided to include a bit about them, as they are 12 years old and still looking in good condition.

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They are no longer made but they do give you give you a similar feel to the older Barefoot / Torsion and Randols. No twist.

They have a wooden cantle and pommel like the Torsion does. The pommel came in a medium or wide. These used to be available in leather and ranged from a 16″ to 18″

Whether the Barefoot pommel fits, I can’t say, I don’t know. Barefoot have altered these from white to coloured now. You might be able to try the soft.

I found an article dated 2001. Fitform for anyone interested in a review of one. It mentions two materials, but I honestly can’t recall anything other than leather 🙂

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The Trekker, Aussie Model

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This has just been released in February 2016.

It has all the same features as you would expect from a Trekker, the adjustable panels, seat size and pommels. But this model has padded and slightly flexible thigh rolls, unlike other Aussie saddles.

It also has two stirrup bars. Lots of D rings and a unique serial number.

Available in black or brown and comes in two base lengths, standard and short.

Photos used with permission from Trekker. For more information contact

Trekker

 

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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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Icelandic Type Safety Stirrups

I got sent these to try from a company, much appreciated, I like to have the opportunity to test items. They are the double bent leg with the top rotated 90 degrees.

I liked the stirrups, they do hang very still and are easy to pick up when I lost one intentionally. They are a nice weight, some on the market I have found very weighty.

I wasn’t able to continue the trial as I have issues with one of my feet. It kept losing the stirrup and slipping round. No reflection on the item.

From what I did see and use I liked them. Just be aware when you run up the stirrups the slots do press into your saddle. There are little stirrup covers on the market now, maybe for this type.

Please note these are left and right specific as are the single bent legs.

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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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Ghost Quevis by Elaine Heney

I have been given permission to add this review of the Ghost saddle below. Elaine has also written a detailed report on the differences between this saddle and two others, the Barefoot and the Deuber.

Ghost Quevis

So far I have seen many positive reviews on these saddles. The odd one is coming up on the second hand market, some people have as many saddles as they do rugs 🙂

Many thanks Elaine for allowing me to link to your review.

 

Freeform Scout Trail/ Endurance

This treeless was developed at the end of 2015.

You have two seat lengths and three fork size options. The fork is forward and is actually part of the base and not the seat.

It accommodates the panels if needed and has a slightly narrower twist than the Ultimate Trail. This model has the option of bolsters if you really really want a narrow twist. Deep secure seat as found in the Ultimate Trail.

This model has the new full girthing system.

Also Freeform have redone the foam in the Skito pads designed for Freeform use.

 

Showmaster Bareback Pad

I came across this by chance and I wonder how similar it is to the Christ Lamfelle pad. Does anyone have one?

It’s described as a Sheepskin leisure saddle using real Sheepskin, it can be adjusted using pad inserts and comes with stirrup options. It has dressage length billets, knee rolls and D rings.

I will say it again for any newcomer, please don’t use the stirrups. I know you may see people riding in pads like these, but I am not convinced they would still be on board if my mare spun. I wouldn’t take this xc or sj, why because it’s going to slip.

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