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Tree Less Western Saddles

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  • Tree Less Western Saddles

    Does anyone have experience with them? Pros/Cons?

    How do you find the support? Is it comfortable for you and your horse?

  • #2
    I have not used one but understand a tree does a better job of distributing the riders weight over the horses back. Some treeless function just like bareback pads. They are also less stable.

    If you are the heavier returning rider with a green horse from the other thread I would go with a very well fitted treed saddle. Safer all around.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Scribbler View Post
      I have not used one but understand a tree does a better job of distributing the riders weight over the horses back. Some treeless function just like bareback pads. They are also less stable.

      If you are the heavier returning rider with a green horse from the other thread I would go with a very well fitted treed saddle. Safer all around.
      ^^Couldn't have said it better myself!!
      It is not enough to know how to ride; one must know how to fall.

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      • #4
        I had one years ago. The brand doesn't even exist anymore, so I can't give you useful feedback on the specific saddle. In general, some of them are fine for some people on some horses doing some things. Yes, I know that's entirely too vague to be useful, but it's the truth.

        Broadly generalizing, they're better for lighter riders than for heavier ones, more comfortable on narrower barreled horses than on wider barreled horses, and less stable on the horse's back than a properly fitted treed saddle.

        There is a ton of information available online. If you're really interested in trying one, do your research first and then look for a used one. People seem to either love them or hate them, so you should be able to find some used ones sold by those who discovered they hated them.
        "Facts are meaningless. You can use facts to prove anything
        that's even remotely true."

        Homer Simpson

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