Libra Treeless- Can It Be Sourced?

I know the Libra Saddle brand has ceased, but because I get messsges asking about it, I wondered where else it could be found.

It is possible that the following saddles could be from the same manufacturers. The saddles in the photo look like they are trying to be the original Hackabout/ Explorer.

Pure Rider

But the Status is probably the nearest. This is in Australia and comes with the original zip to remove the pommel and cantle insert.

Status

 

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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.

Merlyn

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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© Fitform Logo, photo used with permission

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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©Fitform, used with owner’s permission

 

 

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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© Horse Connection,  used with permission
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© Horse Connection, used with permission

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.

Copyright Barefoot Nottingham

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.

 

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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© Treeless Tried and Tested