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Laser Flexor Saddle?

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  • Laser Flexor Saddle?

    Did anyone see the ad on the back of the latest Dressage Today for the new Laser "Flexor" dressage saddle?
    What is it? Treeless? It mentions the shape of the tree points in the ad ...semi treeless?
    It looks quite strange anyway, and is not up on Laser's website.
    Any thoughts?

  • #2
    I think it has interchangable gullet plate, but no tree
    whatever it is, it looks like a bareback pad meets way too expensive
    chaque pas est fait ensemble


    • #3
      I thought it looked like a half tree, similar to Heather Moffet's Phoenix, but with the half tree in the pommel v. the cantle.

      I'm just guessing off the photo, so if anyone sees one in person, please enlighten us! I did try looking on their website, but the new saddle isn't there yet.


      • #4
        i did see it in person and was quite impressed. now, i've never seen a treeless saddle, and frankly, had never heard of them before this. i saw this saddle on the day of its release at dressage at devon in pennsylvania, so i got to meet the saddle's creator. he said (and showed me) that the saddle's tree only goes about four inches from the pommel. and no tree is in any part of the seat or cantle. it's super comfy to sit in and has adjustable gullets (which are easier than wintec/bates' easy change or pessoa's xchange) and an adjustable seat length.

        p.s. it is on the website now.


        • #5
          Has anyone had more experience with this saddle recently?
          "Life ain't always beautiful, but it's a beautiful ride."


          • #6


            • #7
              Saw the finished product Nov.2012.
              You can always contact Major Beale- he loves to discuss these.


              • #8
                Racing saddles also have a half tree, but then, they aren't really for sitting.
                A helmet saved my life.

                2017 goal: learn to ride like TheHorseProblem, er, a barn rat!


                • #9
                  I have one on trial. Amazing is all I can say. After riding in it for 4 days, today I had to ride in a Schleese saddle and an Albion.
                  I have never been so uncomfortable in my life
                  Every time you ride, your are either teaching or un-teaching your horse.


                  • #10
                    I have a Laser Trident, which I loved on my mare but I'm now not crazy about on my youngster. May have to try the Flexor. Major Beale is wonderful to work with. I'd love to try his new jumping saddle as well (I'm an eventer). Wonder if I can get a trade-in value on my current saddle?
                    Some nights I stay up cashing in my bad luck; some nights I call it a draw. -- fun.

                    My favorite podcasts: Overdue, The Black Tapes, Tanis, Rabbits, How Did This Get Made?, Up and Vanished.


                    • #11
                      I also have a laser amulet but I like the Flexor better
                      Every time you ride, your are either teaching or un-teaching your horse.


                      • #12
                        Interesting. I've been curious about the Flexor since it came out -- and then came out again in version 2.0.


                        • #13
                          I don't know much about the Flexor model but I just rode in the Amulet model and I loved it. Both the Flexor and Amulet have the same type of adjustable tree. I haven't had to mess with the tree yet but I hear it's pretty easy to adjust.


                          • #14

                            This remarkable saddle combines the best of both worlds – the feeling of ultimately close contact with the stability found in a treed saddle and missing in a treeless one. The half tree adjusts to the horse’s withers, using the Varilock™ Adjustable Gullet system while the soft seat and panels self adjusts and molds to the horse’s back thus creating perfect contact and weight distribution not unlike riding bareback. The flexibility of the seat also provides great comfort and incredible ‘feel’ for the rider, while the saddle in molding itself to the horse’s back actually changes size, depending on how flat or swayed his back may be. We offer the saddle in only two sizes, 17.5” and 18.5”.
                            ... _. ._ .._. .._


                            • #15
                              My Trident has the VariLock tree and I really like it. The mechanism is very easy to work- it's basically two interlocking cog wheels, so you can fine-tune it down to a tooth-by-tooth level. There are also the standard tree settings that are marked on the wheels.
                              Some nights I stay up cashing in my bad luck; some nights I call it a draw. -- fun.

                              My favorite podcasts: Overdue, The Black Tapes, Tanis, Rabbits, How Did This Get Made?, Up and Vanished.