USA Western Bareback Pad- brand unknown

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If anyone has an idea who made this please let me know. It was purchased from a seller in New York but it may or may not have started out in the states.

It is 22″ in length with a nice straight cut front. It has a sympanova type non slip base and a herculon top with Black Southwest/Nevada pattern. The top gives you a fairly secure feel to it. Lightly padded so ideal for those slightly rounder, plump cob steeds as it doesn’t remove your leg from them.

Optional fittings to add stirrups that I don’t like seeing on these products. Didn’t even attempt to use these.

Western latigo with rings requiring you to use a cinch knot as oppose to allowing you to add a standard buckle cinch. Nylon strap. This is the one big thing that let’s this pad down. Having those rings there ended up being underneath my leg. This is going to depend on your height and what you are riding but this was a reason to let this pad go.

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Sensation Formal Dressage

I have been trialing my new saddle, the dressage formal model by Sensation.

It’s the 17″ and it’s very nice and compact looking while giving  me ample seat room. The seat is very soft and very comfortable. The girth billets are the slightly shorter dressage length, I swapped my girths around to find one that fitted.

As it has a hard use setting I found if I wasn’t using that, then the extra strap just pops into the girth. I would therefore use a girth with adequate keepers or a girth as in the photo with its own pocket.

I wasn’t overly keen on the high pommel but after half a dozen rides I dont even notice it. It came with a Barefoot Physio pad and adding two inserts meant that I am very slightly higher and therefore the pommel isn’t as huge looking.

I decided I liked it, my horse liked it, but I wanted my riding instructor to run her eyes over it. I wanted to see if it complimented my position, or made it worse. She gave it a tweak here and there and off we went. It gives me much more feel than any of the other models ridden in to date. My Freeform has a restricted seat by comparison.

I have yet to hack out which I plan to. It’s been used for No Stirrup November. My sitting trot has improved by a change of saddle and tweaked position.

The photo shows a soaked horse and pretty much a soaked saddle. I had been trying to keep it dry but the weather is what arrives that morning.

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Leathers | Fenders, Girth | Cinch And Stirrup

This is a list of products that I use myself, or have used. It also includes products recommended by the saddle companies.

This is an international list. To search for stockists in your country copy and paste the product you are interested in with your country.

I no longer add direct links as companies alter stock and it is impossible to keep up with. 🙂

If you have any photos let me know, I am compiling a photo gallery of these items in use.

STIRRUP LEATHER COVERS

I have decided to include these as I do get asked what I use.

The fleece covers were made for me by a lady on EBay UK. They come in a vast array of colours and now patterns.
You can buy the proper wool stirrup leather covers, but, for those wanting something cheaper, these fleece ones are ideal and wash well. Just look for people selling rein and noseband covers 🙂

Stirrup Leather Covers
© Treeless Tried and Tested Stirrup Leather Covers

Girth and Cinch

Dream Team ‘C’

It is for horses with curved tummy lines and forward girthing point. If you have a treeless with swinging straps (new Freeform models) you may not need this type.

Photo shows correctly fitted c girth.

Correct Fitting

HY COMFORT DRESSAGE

Easy to put on. Elastic ends. Easy to use and keep in the slot to start with and to finish. You have a little pocket to tuck excess into. Too easy to over tighten, didn’t give me a very secure feeling although the girth didn’t move, it did become slippery when she sweated. Sold.

KAVALKADE

This is an air filled girth ( not made now) which my cob loves. Keeps the saddle nice and secure. Straight cut but doesn’t rub and allows freedom of movement. Would like a larger size. If you have an air filled in a 28/30 get in touch.

Kavalkade
© Treeless Tried and Tested Kavalkade

Mohair Dressage Girth- photos wanted

DREAM TEAM W GIRTH

This is another good quality girth from DT. It is really easy to do up and suits my cob with her large shoulder movement well. It has the centre ring for attachment and the keepers are kept in place by two flaps which keep everything tidy and in place. Highly recommended.

Many thanks to the lady who gave this to me to trial and keep 🙂

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© Treeless Tried and Tested Dream w

Equalizer

Ortho flex soft sides

Soft Sides
© Treeless Tried and Tested Soft Sides

Professionals Choice

Weaver Smart Cinch

 

LEATHERS AND FENDERS 

Barefoot

Bates

Drytex

EZ knees Western – (Fender attachment)

Freeform

Freeform T Bar
© Treeless Tried and Tested Freeform T Bar

FlexEE Biothane

So far proving to be good value for money and easy clean. You get the small cover to go over the t bar and these fit onto the e bar. I do also have an elastic cover at the end just to keep it a bit more tidy/extra protection.

Updated- sold on because the keeper didn’t stay in place and then buckle dug into my boot.

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© Treeless Tried and Tested FlexEE

Freemax Stirrup Leathers

Jefferies

Libra T Bar

Premier Dressage Leathers

Startrekk Leathers

Tekna T Bar – these were just to try. They are actually made for the Tekna saddle and not treeless. I sold because I squeaked. But I had to just try them.

Wintec Slimline leathers

 

STIRRUPS 

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Barefoot Safety

Break Away – Western

Cloud

Flexi

Tried these as they flex. I opted for Cottage Craft but you can go for other makes. Initially I liked them but kept losing them. I am not used to a small tread with just somewhere to put the ball of my foot. Not for us, but ideal with Swiss Clips on the closed ring.

Cottage Craft
© Treeless Tried and Tested Cottage Craft

Flexi Ride

Love these had this type now for about six years. Lightweight and great for your back, ankles etc. I did get my previous pair caught up on a cow gate and got repaired. Treated myself eventually to another pair. When the sticky label comes off as these are left and right, just put a sticker or reflective strip onto your right one.

The cage works having been spun off twice, that’s not part of the testing, but pointless if they don’t free your foot. 🙂

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© Treeless Tried and Tested Flexi Ride

Matrix Adult

Kwik Out

Peacocks

For children only, these are NOT suitable for adults. They were designed for children and have a weight limit of about 8 stone. If you use and have an accident, the company isn’t at fault. They can bend if they get caught up on a gate.

Podium

Safestyle

Soft Tread

Swiss Clips- to enable you to carry on using non safety stirrups. Barnes Bubbles are not made now, but do come up for sale.

Swiss Clips
© Treeless Tried and Tested Swiss Clips

Tapaderos

Toe Stoppers- These were my original choice on safety. Just putting these on over my current stirrups. However the only downside was the weight made them front heavy. I found my heels came up and as a result slipped forwards. So just on that basis I did look around for an alternative.

This may not be the case for everyone and I do know people using. I did do a bhs trec in them, so they were tested beyond plod round the block 🙂

Metal caged stirrups
© Metal caged stirrups

I had these at one point, but forget the name just now. 🙂