Requisite Roamer (Robinsons) Treeless Saddle Pad

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.

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I do not know what inserts these originally came with. It’s currently fitted with firm which will I will alter as I try with the others.

Anatomically shaped with velcro to add to the d rings.

I will add to this review once I start testing.

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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.

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

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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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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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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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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.