No Stirrup November, With A Treeless Saddle

Anyone having a go at this treed or treeless?

Share your thoughts, experiences and photos if you happen to be treeless. Always looking for photos etc 🙂

I won’t be doing the whole month as I haven’t started it yet, but I do ride bareback a lot so for me I will just add a saddle.

My only problem is what one to choose 🙂

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Closed Ring, E Bar Or Stirrup Plate

Treeless saddles will come with one or the other of these.

A stirrup plate allows the position of the leathers to be altered to the riders preference. The Freeform has a movable closed ring stirrup plate allowing you to alter position of the leathers or change to an e bar.

However some treeless have fixed non removable closed ring or rings which only allow you to move between front and back. Torsion and Libra being an example.

The Dartmoor range is e bar, Barefoot Closed ring, so if this is preference of yours, its worth checking.

The Sensation has the e bar stirrup plate, it is this plate that allows those with removable closed ring plates to swap. After using both, I haven’t had any concerns with either set up. 🙂

It’s always recommended that when using a closed ring you either use a safety stirrup or the Swiss Clips Barnes buckles are still about, they just ceased trading, no reflection on the product, tested it, it works 😉

Freeform Stirrup Plate
Freeform Stirrup Plate

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 🙂

Dream w
© 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.

FlexEE
© 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

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. 🙂

Flexi Ride
© 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. 🙂