• Freeform Icelandic

    Introducing the NEW Icelandic Saddle from Freeform. 

    "This new saddle is available in a Short Back 20″ base or an Extra Short Back 18″ base. Designed for Icelandics, Haflingers, Pasos and short back Arabs.  This saddle has a straight flap for freedom of shoulder movement, fitting the wider horse or using panels for the slab sided Arab.  Seat size up to 17.5″ for the 20″ base and 16.5″ for the 18″ base.  Nice knee roll.  This saddle is at home as a dressage, trail, endurance or all purpose saddle.  I have clients riding endurance to dressage with it. Velcro comes standard for panel system."

    Currently available from Saddle Up, Virginia state USA

  • Ghost Treeless Saddles

    http://youtu.be/8RqwxUAicfg

    Anyone got one?
    I remember these when they first came out. I have read that they were designed by the owner of Torsion. I am not sure if that's actually the case?

  • Barefoot Fur Saddle

    http://www.barefoot-saddles.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=328

    So far available from Barefoot directly and a company in Australia.

    If you find one in the UK or USA tell me.

    Also new to Barefoot is the Madrid.

  • Saddles Wanted

    I am searching for the following

    A 16" Exmoor or Dartmoor-known as Treefree initially

    A size 1 Barefoot Just adjust

    A 15-18" Libra Trec Adjustable

    Useable condition, sensibly priced.

    Email the site owner, thanks.

    :yes:

  • The Cashel G2

    This is the first review of this model. If you have a review from a non wide horse, please let me know.
    I had the original Cashel and its interesting to note they have put fleece on the underside. The original just had a foam base.

    I attempted the Cashel G2 on my 14.2 Haflinger mare. She DOES has withers! She has a very large shoulder and what i would call a short back as she cannot take a western with a full skirt, otherwise it would hit her hips.

    She normally weights in the 875-900lb range (using a weight tape so i am sure not 100% correct). She is barrel shaped.

    The G2 arrived with a very strong "gas" smell. I am guessing from the foam. It appeared well made and i liked that it could be opened up and adjustments made to stirrup locations. The seat of the saddle seemed very grippy. The underside of the saddle was a faux fleece.

    I used my own western girth. For starters, i could not get my girth tight enough. So i attempted the fit with a shorter girth. Again, it felt like i could not get it tight enough. I could hardly fit my hand between girth and the underside of the horse, but i could fit my first between girth and side of horse (just below saddle flap). So that meant all of the pressure of the saddle/girth was concentrated on her withers and underside.

    I still attempted to sit in the saddle on her. I used a mounting block and hopped on without using the stirrups. The saddle was soft for my seat, but otherwise i felt like i was sitting about 2 feet above the horse, but still had no twist. the saddle flaps, because of their padding and the wideness of my horse did not actually curve to fit my horse. Perhaps after hours of riding it would start to conform, but i was not willing to try it. I also could tell the saddle would slip from side to side when i alternated weight in the stirrups to test slip ability.

    Shipping back to the manufacturer was difficult. Costs were really high so i had to ship via USPS for around 40$. I did receieve a full refund of the saddle (but of course i was out the money it cost me to ship back).

    For a wide horse, i would not recomend this saddle. Perhaps it would work on a thinner horse. I think this saddle would work if they changed it to keep the seat, change the flaps to have less or basically no padding, changing the fleece to nonslip material and have shaped padding on the underside to provide built in spine clearance.

    For comparison, i normally ride my halfinger in a Marcel Toulouse Premia with a wide tree. I have heard that their wide is more like a Medium wide. Sizing wise, she would fit a MW wintec gullet.

  • Stirrup and Girth Covers

    I have decided to include these as I do get asked what I use if anything.
    I have to say I don't use anything else on the girth, I do know people using pro lite and wool.

    The covers in the following photo were made for me by a lady on EBay. They come in a vast array of colours and now patterns.
    You can buy the proper stirrup covers made of wool, links provided. But, for those wanting something cheaper, these fleece ones are ideal and wash well.

    stirrup covers

  • Hi and Welcome

    I now have a live visitor feed on the right hand side-assuming this works. The month of March 2014 brought over 4000 visitors to this site, so thank you for your support and checking in. This blog wouldn't run without you the public asking me to do reviews, source them.

    I set this site up as a hobby for anyone to add photos, reviews or comments. I wanted the reviews to be from the riders who buy the saddles. Whoever you are, your input will be useful.

    Once you have a shortlist you can search for the saddle tried and tested by people who are kind enough to add their horses.

    The saddles and bareback pads that are NOT included on these pages are not there for a reason. Please email for the findings on these based on personal experience and knowledge from saddlers, trainers and riders. Unbranded are not included for obvious reasons.

    Please get in touch about your saddles, I love hearing from you.

    Any links you find that don't work, let me know. I do a run through on all links periodically. I am not a mind reader if a company alters its pages. At the time of writing its taken two hours to check part way.

  • Norton Pony Pad

    Norton

    From the website

    "Light and easy care pony pad made of anti-slip honeycomb neoprene. Seat is in padded neoprene covered with Rexine, and stirrup rings are tucked away to avoid bulking at the thighs. Features a polypropylene handle and a crupper Dee. Double thickness girth and billets with polypropylene reinforcement eyelets. Amara lined girth on pony side for more comfort."

  • LIBRA HACKABOUT, LIBRA TREC ADJUSTABLE

    http://www.libraequestrian.com/librahackabout.html

    The Hack About is back but with changes for those who remember the last models.
    This newer model has pressure relief panels underneath and a soft pommel and cantle. It also offers the rider soft knee blocks and two choices of stirrup position.

    It is made with a synthetic material but has a look of nubuck, easy clean, easy care. It has English billets that take a dressage / treeless length girth.

    This saddle is fantastic as a starter saddle if you are not sure about treeless. It is great for hacking and a bit of schooling and suits the weekend happy hacker well.

    The Libra Trec Adjustable

    The Libra Adjustable is two saddles in one. It is also good for hacking and schooling and has built in pressure relief pads. The girthing is english billet taking a dressage / treeless length.
    This model has an adjustable Flexisoft pommel and cantle to allow the alteration of the seat size. The 19" base model can be adjusted from 13" to 16", this permits different children or a small adult to use easily. The 21" model can be adjusted from 15" to 18".

    The great feature about this model is you can remove the pommel, cantle and stirrup to convert into a bareback pad. This is ideal for natural horsemanship and those wanting a more close feel.

  • Bob Marshall Sport

    Bob Marshall Sport

    Bob Marshall Sport

    This is the Bob Marshall Sport being used with the Skito pad.

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