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Anyone with Hilason Treeless Saddle Experience?

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  • #41
    I think it's funny that almost all the good reviews are from people with only one post to their name.
    The Trials and Jubilations of a Twenty-Something Re-rider
    Happy owner of Kieran the mostly-white-very-large-not-pony.

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    • #42
      Originally posted by analise View Post
      I think it's funny that almost all the good reviews are from people with only one post to their name.
      Another thing that is funny, it takes the Hilason Employees over a year before the remember to post, notice 2006, 2008 and the last month of 2009

      They do this on all the Forums, quite comical

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      • #43
        Save your money. They are cheaply made knockoffs and may resemble the name brand saddles visually but the difference is in the quality. This is a prime case of you get what you pay for. Complaints I've heard:
        Constructed poorly
        pommel or cantle sewed on crooked
        saddle not balanced
        cheap leather
        horrible customer service
        A poorly constructed saddle is the last thing you want between you and your horse. If you want a quality treeless saddle join the treeless saddles group on Yahoo groups. http://groups.yahoo.com/group/treelesssaddles/ It is a very active group with lots of wisdom and experience. Ask your questions there and they can help steer you in the direction of the best treeless saddle for you. If your budget is a little limited, there are often quality used saddles that come up for sale. A quality used saddle is a far better bargain than a cheaply made brand new saddle There are several dealers on there too that allow free demos of their saddles (all you pay is shipping to and from) I demoed and purchased mine from Melissa at Freedom Treeless http://www.freedomtreeless.com/saddles.htm
        "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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        • #44
          Originally posted by saddleminiac View Post
          The saddle I have is of Hilason Treeless and its fanstastic. I guess its more got to with taste of the rider and not the saddle. My Tennesse walker loves its. His muscles are free and moves more swifly than before. The quality of the leather was also wonderful.Workmanship, just like any saddle in the market. I know this becuase, I have been riding horses since many of present days riders were not even born. And their prices are way less than bm. I cant speak for others, but would certainly recommened the Hilason Treeless Saddle to my daughter, whome I dearly love. They have just added a new model of Treeless Saddles. You might want to check them out.
          http://hilason.com/
          BwaHaHaHa! They're Heeerrrre!
          "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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          • #45
            Ditto

            Originally posted by PRS View Post
            Save your money. They are cheaply made knockoffs and may resemble the name brand saddles visually but the difference is in the quality. This is a prime case of you get what you pay for. Complaints I've heard:
            Constructed poorly
            pommel or cantle sewed on crooked
            saddle not balanced
            cheap leather
            horrible customer service
            A poorly constructed saddle is the last thing you want between you and your horse. If you want a quality treeless saddle join the treeless saddles group on Yahoo groups. http://groups.yahoo.com/group/treelesssaddles/ It is a very active group with lots of wisdom and experience. Ask your questions there and they can help steer you in the direction of the best treeless saddle for you. If your budget is a little limited, there are often quality used saddles that come up for sale. A quality used saddle is a far better bargain than a cheaply made brand new saddle There are several dealers on there too that allow free demos of their saddles (all you pay is shipping to and from) I demoed and purchased mine from Melissa at Freedom Treeless http://www.freedomtreeless.com/saddles.htm
            Equine Ink - My soapbox for equestrian writings & reviews.
            EquestrianHow2 - Operating instructions for your horse.

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            • #46
              Originally posted by PRS View Post
              BwaHaHaHa! They're Heeerrrre!
              Too funny.

              Have never even sat in a treeless but have thought about one.
              I think before I would purchase any of them I would demo.
              Seems like everyone either loves them or really hates them. <G> If I bought one without demoing it I'd probably hate it and there I would be.

              I DO like the idea of a treeless though.
              You know why cowboys don't like Appaloosas?" - Answer: Because to train a horse, you have to be smarter than it is.

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              • #47
                I was lucky...the first treeless saddle I sat in was perfect for me. I purchased a Sensation Ride G3 Hybrid and LOVE it. It is a quality made saddle manufactured in Canada. The leather is all made in North America and you can see, feel and smell the quality. They have excellent customer service too. A lot of thought, and research goes into the design and manufacture of top quality treeless saddles. Hilason, while copying the design to some extent hasn't done the research and has people who have probably never even seen a horse manufacturing and inspecting their saddles. There is no oversight, no quality control and no customer service. I wouldn't put one anywhere near my horse. Those people who have had positive experiences I label as lucky...you gambled and won. I won't gamble with my horses health or comfort.
                "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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                • #48
                  I actually like the treeless better than flex tree. It seems to fit my horse's back much better. I purchased a Hilason from their warehouse and actually took my horse straight there. I got tired of the constant ordering and returning of the saddle from other companies and not fit my horse. The manager at Hilason allowed me to bring my horse in and try on as many saddles as i wanted. I finaly found treeless to work best on my horse. Most of their treeless saddles worked great. I purshased one last x-mas and their sale was pretty good. I paid only $499 not bad for a treeless. I've been riding for over 6 months now and my saddle is still in great shape even though I ride almost twice a week for several hours.
                  Give it a try, you'll find it a pretty good durable saddle.


                  Originally posted by SavvyRogue View Post
                  Okay. Is there anyone out there with this saddle (sells on eBay)? Or have you all heard anything about them. Visually they are close to a Bob Marshall. I purchased one early on that looks like the Torsion Saddle. I got it and didn't like it the pommel/cantle were very "unstable". But since then they have offered the other style. Curious to hear if anyone has ridden in one.

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                  • #49
                    You ride "almost twice a week"? So, some weeks, do you tack the horse up but then just decide you won't actually ride today so you only almost did?

                    *removing tongue from cheek*
                    The Trials and Jubilations of a Twenty-Something Re-rider
                    Happy owner of Kieran the mostly-white-very-large-not-pony.

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                    • #50
                      I know it's an old thread, but for those asking about how Hilason could be making Bob Marshall knock-offs, here's info from the Bob Marshall site.

                      http://www.sportssaddle.com/

                      NOTICE
                      A lawsuit has been filed in the United States District Court by Bob Marshall Enterprises, Inc, and Sports Saddle, Inc. against “Hilason Saddlery” for patent, trademark, and trade dress infringement.

                      SPORTS SADDLE® is a registered trademark of Sports Saddle, Inc., for saddles made and sold under the brand of SPORTS SADDLE. Sports Saddle, Inc. is the exclusive licensee of U.S. Patent 5,018,340 and 5,187,924 owned by Bob Marshall Enterprises, Inc. and invented by our founder Mr. Bob Marshall.

                      Do not be fooled by cheap imports and poor quality imitations! Get the best, a genuine “SPORTS SADDLE” brand saddle by Bob Marshall.

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                      • #51
                        Which Hilason treeless saddles did you all like the most and what discipline did you use them in?

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                        • #52
                          Seriously. Three years later. The Halison is still garbage and everyone knows if you come here to post for the first time, and have positive things to say about Halison, you aren't legitimate.

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                          • #53
                            $500 for a POS saddle? Waaaaay too much!

                            For anyone who wants a treeless saddle, read the Endurance Boards. Guess which brand you won't see mentioned there.
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