I bought this saddle in January with the idea of using the base. I have a Freeform and my seat would sit nicely on this.
It isn’t branded, but looking at it, it is very similar to what an older Freemax / Freeform would have looked like.
It has movable knee rolls which is what interested me. My current treeless model doesn’t. However with the lockdown and other things besides, I never did get round to actually testing out my idea.
The seat itself is made of some sort of synthetic leather and although it comes with a wither iron arch, this didn’t seem to help the front sit well. The structure of the pommel on its own looks like it would offer wither clearance as you would be using a pad.
The stirrup bars I believe were used in the Freemax, unless anyone knows of any of brands? So I lean towards either a copy of, or an old prototype.
These are not sold anymore by Requisite but do pop up for sale secondhand. They are still sold new in Scandinavia Treeless pad.
I found one so decided to add my thoughts on this product. I did a brief mention of the saddle here Requisite Roamer
The pad itself is approx 25″ . It does have three position options to place your knee rolls. What I found interesting is generally the pads on the market do not have anywhere to put knee rolls or blocks. It’s only fairly recently that the companies have thought to even add them to the saddles.
The material is cotton on both sides with short black fleece to the underside. It offers a spinal channel and a place to pop in inserts to add more clearance. This is only accessible via the front opening.
I do not know what inserts these originally came with. It’s currently fitted with firm which I will alter as I try with the others.
Anatomically shaped with velcro to add to the d rings.
I ended up selling this pad as it was simply too long to try with either saddle.
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.