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    What are people's thoughts on the barefoot treeless saddles?

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/Barefoot-Tah...#ht_500wt_1287

    found this one and thought it might be fun for trail riding.
    Maggie Bright, lovingly known as Skye and deeply missed (1994 - 2013)
    The Blog

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    I have a barefoot cheyenne and I LOVE it! It's extremely comfy and my horse's back is never sore on endurance rides He is a tough to fit horse too, I tried out 3 treed saddles before settling on a treeless. Just make sure you have a pad with inserts if you are going treeless. I have a grandeur pad and it's great. I've had the saddle for over a year now and I love it!

    ETA: I have no issues with mine rolling, I mount from the ground with it just fine.
    Last edited by Hoofbeats02; Aug. 30, 2011, 07:21 PM.
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    • #3
      I had a Barefoot London and it was ok but it put me in a chair seat, it was practically impossible to mount from the ground because it rolled, and without a tree and a twist, I felt I was straddling a couch while riding my very big-shouldered Arab, which put my hips out of alignment and became very painful over time.
      The horses liked the saddle. Me, not so much.

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      • #4
        This particualar saddle looks nice. If you have a wide horse, he will feel even wider in this saddle. I prefer the Sensations because they don't have all that fleece under the panels and give a more close contact feel....but that's just me. If your horse doesn't have a wide build this will probably be ok. BUT should you need more of a twist you can make something with different foams to place under the seat to create the feeling of a twist. Not all treeless will roll while mounting either. The same saddle that rolls on one horse might not roll with a different pad or on a different horse. You really just have to try them out. Many dealers have demo programs. Or you buy this one and resell if it doesn't work out for you. Join the treeless saddles group on yahoo for more information on this and other treeless saddles. http://groups.yahoo.com/group/treelesssaddles/
        "My biggest fear is that when I die my husband is going to try to sell all my horses and tack for what I told him they cost."

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        • #5
          I looked at the Cheyenne and the Tahoe and bought the Tahoe. I'm happy with it. It doesn't put me into a chair position, and I'm very comfortable in it.
          Only dead fish go with the flow.

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            #6
            What other brands of treeless saddles are there? It would be neat if I could find one that I could show in as well.

            I like that this one looks like a normalish saddle: http://www.ebay.com/itm/Treeless-End...#ht_795wt_1270

            But I am guessing everybody is going to scream run for the hills. I know that a poorly made treeless can do as much damage as a poorly made saddle with a tree.

            I don't think mounting will be an issue. I all ready have the habit of pushing down on the opposite knee roll/block when I mount.
            Maggie Bright, lovingly known as Skye and deeply missed (1994 - 2013)
            The Blog

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            • #7
              Yeah, I probably wouldn't bother. There are many quality treeless saddle brands out there, and at varying costs.

              http://ansursaddle.com/ These look like treed saddles. There's also Bob Marshall, Black Forest, Sensation, Freeform, etc. PRS posted a good link to a yahoo treeless group. Since they are uncommon at tack shops, you almost have to narrow it down and then demo a few. I managed to find someone who had a BM and a Freeform I could try.

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                #8
                I will keep those brands in mind!

                Barefoot saddles seem to be the cheapest to get used.
                Maggie Bright, lovingly known as Skye and deeply missed (1994 - 2013)
                The Blog

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Skyedragon View Post
                  What other brands of treeless saddles are there? It would be neat if I could find one that I could show in as well.

                  I like that this one looks like a normalish saddle: http://www.ebay.com/itm/Treeless-End...#ht_795wt_1270

                  But I am guessing everybody is going to scream run for the hills. I know that a poorly made treeless can do as much damage as a poorly made saddle with a tree.

                  I don't think mounting will be an issue. I all ready have the habit of pushing down on the opposite knee roll/block when I mount.
                  This saddle looks like a Freeform knockoff. While Freeform is a respected brand the cheap knock offs like this one should be avoided like the plague, seriously.

                  I ride in a Sensation Hybrid that I absolutely adore! The sensations have different styles, English Trail http://www.freedomtreeless.com/G3ET.html (you can get it in whatever color or combo of colors you want) Dressage: http://www.freedomtreeless.com/G3DT.html
                  Hybrid (my personal favorite)http://www.freedomtreeless.com/G3HT.html Western: http://www.freedomtreeless.com/G4WS.html along with a few other models. IMHO the English model looks like a "normal" english saddle when mounted and is perfectly suitable for showing.

                  You can demo one on your own horse for free, just pay shipping. The dealer will send you a dedicated demo which you can put on your horse and ride like you usually would. The benefit to this is you don't have to try to keep the saddle in "new" condition and can just ride. Then when you decide you want one you get to choose the color, leather type, size, options etc. You will get a custom saddle made just for you but not at a custom price. These are high quality saddles. I've found mine to be comfortable for me and my horse, secure and stable. I demoed and purchased mine from Melissa at www.freedomtreeless.com
                  "My biggest fear is that when I die my husband is going to try to sell all my horses and tack for what I told him they cost."

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                  • #10
                    of all the many treeless saddles I have tried the Barefoot (cheyenne) was my least favorite.

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                    • #11
                      My horse and I love our BF London. We tried a few treeless before that, but the BF London rocks, for us anyway! Go to the treeless forum yahoo group and you will learn all you ever wanted to know and more about treeless. Such a great resource. Treeless, like most "recent" technology, has made progress leaps and bounds in terms of stability and comfort for horse and rider. That said, treeless is not for everyone same as treed is not for everyone!

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                      • #12
                        Try the Black Forest Saddles. Made slightly better quality than the Barefoot and less money.
                        www.GallopingGrape.com
                        Kim
                        The Galloping Grape
                        Warrenton, VA
                        http://www.GallopingGrape.com

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                        • #13
                          Try a Freeform out - you can show in them, and they are very comfy!! I've also only heard good things about Sensations, but have never tried one myself.

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                            #14
                            Originally posted by GallopingGrape View Post
                            Try the Black Forest Saddles. Made slightly better quality than the Barefoot and less money.
                            www.GallopingGrape.com
                            Is that something I could show in? Or would the pommel thing look too goofy?
                            Maggie Bright, lovingly known as Skye and deeply missed (1994 - 2013)
                            The Blog

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                            • #15
                              I recently bought a Barefoot Atlanta in hopes of finding something to fit my new Hafie. It fit him, didn't fit me If anyone is looking for a Barefoot mine needs a new home (I also have the granduer physion pad to go with it)

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                                #16
                                I have a barefoot cheyenne on its way to me and I can't wait to get it! Hopefully our saddle fitting issues will be behind us with this one.
                                Maggie Bright, lovingly known as Skye and deeply missed (1994 - 2013)
                                The Blog

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                                • #17
                                  Freeforms can be shown in...

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                                  • #18
                                    Yes! I'm looking for a Barefoot saddle.

                                    Originally posted by Mnhorsemom View Post
                                    I recently bought a Barefoot Atlanta in hopes of finding something to fit my new Hafie. It fit him, didn't fit me If anyone is looking for a Barefoot mine needs a new home (I also have the granduer physion pad to go with it)
                                    Trying to fit my hard to fit Walker. I'm on my 3rd treed saddle that does'nt fit! This might be the solution. Haven't demoed yet. Yours still for sale? Thanks!! Jodie

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                                    • #19
                                      I have tried the Cheyenee and London and I did not like them. They have way too much padding and bulk under your legs so you sit camped out away from the horse too far. They are unstable and fluffy and you just can't get any grip, or get a leg on. Same deal with the Bandos. I own two Bob Marshall Sports Saddles and they're awesome!!!!

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                                      • #20
                                        Originally posted by RodeoJo View Post
                                        Trying to fit my hard to fit Walker. I'm on my 3rd treed saddle that does'nt fit! This might be the solution. Haven't demoed yet. Yours still for sale? Thanks!! Jodie
                                        If you have not done so yet, I encourage you to join the treelesssaddles group on yahoo groups. A wealth of information is to be had there, as well as the occasional saddle that comes up for sale.
                                        "My biggest fear is that when I die my husband is going to try to sell all my horses and tack for what I told him they cost."

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