View Full Version : Does anyone have a Black Forest Saddle ?

Aug. 29, 2011, 02:35 PM
I'm interested in the Shasta model for my short medium width gelding . (Around 13.1 hands , 2.5yrs old , and is not narrow nor wide ) And since he is going to be contantly changing shape I went looking for a treeless .I like this saddle ,so I would like feed back about Black Forests .:)

Ps. I'm not starting him undersaddle til he is 3 yrs old . I have no idea of his breed ,but his string test came to 14 hands . ANd I know a treelss needs a special pad . Skito , Haf pad , Grandur (sp ?) ,and etc. To provide spine clearance .

And pics to if ya have any .:winkgrin:

Aug. 29, 2011, 04:23 PM
I've got a Black Forest Shasta that I bought 3 years ago. I bought it for my 14 hand petite Paso Fino, and now use it on my 15.1 hand 1300 lb Paint.

I love the saddle, and everybody that sits in it raves about it. I know of at least 5 people that have bought one after trying mine.

I've got the Grandeur Vario pad and highly recommend it as well. It's $$$ but is worth it.

I prefer this girth to the ones Black Forest sell: http://www.actionridertack.com/c-236-dressage-girths.aspx

One word of warning--it will look kind of funny when you first get it. The seat will be very flat looking. But after a few rides it will start to hold more of a "saddle" shape in the seat.

Aug. 29, 2011, 09:02 PM
My son rides in one and loves it. His is the synthetic version.




Aug. 30, 2011, 01:50 PM
To contact more people who use Black Forest Treeless saddles and other brands you should join the treeless saddles discussion group on Yahoo! groups: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/treelesssaddles/ . There are lots of people there who are very knowledgable about horse conformation and the different model types and how they fit. The one thing that I would worry about with the BF Shasta on your little guy it how the girth would fit him. Those panels can be really long on a 13 hh pony and you might need a tiny little girth that may put the girth buckles in his armpits. My best suggestion is to demo first.

Aug. 30, 2011, 02:18 PM
Okay . Thank yall !

I know this lady on another forum and she made her own Treeless . It had panels and it was very nice . And she made it just how she wanted in . She had a perfect sweat pattern . And it's holding up too .

But I thought the panels were too long for him . By the pictures anyway .

Aug. 30, 2011, 05:39 PM
I don't ride in one, but several people at my previous barn do. They absolutely love them. The makers are local to us, and so brought by saddles for them to try. I remain impressed with the quality of the saddles. Very adaptable.