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SoCalGal
May. 28, 2011, 01:02 PM
Hi there,
I've been testing out my friend's Barefoot saddle this past week and decided to go ahead and order one of my own! I've tried it with her Equipedic (HATE IT, I feel like I'm about three feet above the horse and it just my legs straight out sideways), and my 5 Star Equine Felt pad. The felt is better but still feels too thick...the treeless saddles are already pretty thick.

In looking at the pads for sale on the treeless sites, I can't say I'm in love with any of them. First, I want a standard rectangular pad...I like as traditional a "western" look as possible. Do not like the endurance look, for me personally.

Has anyone experimented with various pads? I know I need spinal clearance and reduced slipping. What else is out there?

I'm also not planning to spend $300 :)

Thanks,
Jenny

morganmare
May. 28, 2011, 08:38 PM
I have the same issue. I had a Barefoot London that worked out well for me for many years. I decided to switch over to a more western look since I primarily trail ride now. I just bought the arizona with the recommended granduer pad and I'm really not liking it. I feel really high off of my horse, it just doesn't feel right. The saddle does seem alot thicker itself on top of the pad. I'm thinking of already selling it because it just doesn't feel comfortable. I really hope some people chime in with what pad they use. Or maybe it's just the saddle design? I wonder if you could just use a regular pad with it since the design of the saddle offers so much spinal clearance now. (My London is the old version, so I definately needed to use the special treeless pad with it to keep it from laying flat on her spine.)

paintedtrails
May. 28, 2011, 10:39 PM
I suggest asking the question on the Yahoo Treeless Group if you can! I don't have a Barefoot so I can't help there...

JenLS
May. 29, 2011, 09:44 AM
I tried the Saddle Right and one of the Reinsman pads with my Barefoot Tahoe. I still have them both, but I like my Equipedic best. I haven't tried anything else though. Can't wait to see what everyone else has.

Action Rider Tack
May. 29, 2011, 11:19 AM
Hi,
You can use a HAF western pad with an Arizona. The HAF pads are designed such that they provide the necessary spinal clearance with treeless saddles. You can see HAF pads on our Action Rider Tack (http://www.ActionRiderTack.com) website.
Feel free to call our office and talk with one of our treeless specialists if you have questions.

With Warm Regards,
Candace Kahn BE ONE WITH YOUR HORSE
www.ActionRiderTack.com
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877-865-2467

katyb
May. 30, 2011, 09:46 AM
We use Haf pads with our Black Forest and Bandos saddles. I like them fine.

paintedtrails
May. 31, 2011, 10:40 AM
I use the HAF pad with my Bandos too. My only 'issue' has been slippage between the saddle & pad, that was easily/cheaply fixed with some rubberized drawer liner.

GallopingGrape
May. 31, 2011, 12:17 PM
The Granduer Suspension pads only have 1/4" inserts and are not bulky at all. The really prevent slippage, and offer the proper support. I use it under this saddle http://gallopinggrape.com/blackforestponderosatownandcountryechosyntheticinc ludeswesternfendersstirrups.aspx
and love it!

SoCalGal
Jun. 4, 2011, 11:11 AM
I have the same issue. I had a Barefoot London that worked out well for me for many years. I decided to switch over to a more western look since I primarily trail ride now. I just bought the arizona with the recommended granduer pad and I'm really not liking it. I feel really high off of my horse, it just doesn't feel right. The saddle does seem alot thicker itself on top of the pad. I'm thinking of already selling it because it just doesn't feel comfortable. I really hope some people chime in with what pad they use. Or maybe it's just the saddle design? I wonder if you could just use a regular pad with it since the design of the saddle offers so much spinal clearance now. (My London is the old version, so I definately needed to use the special treeless pad with it to keep it from laying flat on her spine.)

I ended up sending the saddle back. While nicely constructed, it did not even approximate the shape of my horse and sat about 12" above his back it seemed! I couldn't even take the time to break it in as suggested because I felt so unsafe on something so thick, wobbly and impossible to tighten. I had to tighten the cinch so much my horse started putting his ears back, because it was so unstable up there. Tried it even with just a thin blanket/no pad, but no difference. Too bad...back to a treed saddle for me!

PRS
Jun. 4, 2011, 02:10 PM
I have a Skito pad with the fleece only under the foam and seat. the side panels have only a thin wool felt under them. This works very well for me and gives me the closer contact I like. I ride in a Sensation Hybrid which I absolutely love, it has closer contact panels than the barefoots and not nearly the break in time. Any time I've ridden in a saddle that had the fleece under the flaps it felt too wide.

SoCalGal
Jun. 8, 2011, 06:48 PM
Well, I hated the Barefoot but I am interested in trying a HAF pad for my western trail saddle, as my 5 Star Equine felt pad (though a lovely pad) is too long and sits funny on my low-withered, short-backed Arabian. Anyone have experience with HAF pads under treed saddles???