It's not the best quality (Hilason) but Logan tends to run much better with me in speed games with this. He likes to assume that he knows where I want to go, with this, there's no question. Just his attitude
^ *sigh* to be that small again lol.
Then on my 14.1hh mare, I love the versatility of these saddles.
This was my 4 year old brat sporting it. Yep, she ran over a small tree.
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Logan | Harley | Fiona
Quarter Horse | QH/Perch | Irish Draught
I've ridden in a hilason barrel saddle, it seems that the western saddles are made infinitely better than the endurance or english style ones.
For the barefoot owners can a regular barefoot have one of their western horn inserts put into the pommel?
Just curious... For the english type treeless, are any acceptable for shows? I'd be doing mostly open/schooling type stuff and eventually low level eventing. But I am an avid trail rider and also aspire to compete in at least limited distance endurance so the ability to "pack" things would be great. If no such thing exists that's ok, my horse is proving not easy to fit so I'm thinking the treeless route anyway. He is a medium but his shoulders are wide... So either it fits his withers and pinches his shoulders or I go with something slightly larger and it bogs down. Plus he is young and will be growing/developing muscle so I just want to insure that he will always be most comfortable. I've read conflicting reviews about treeless... But I am not very big (120 lbs) and would pad adequately, just now it seems like the best option. Everyone here has such lovely saddles it has inspired me to look into it a bit more
This is the only photo I have of mine so far. This was the day I got it. My girth was WAY too big on it but I just wanted to take a pic to send to a friend. It's a size 4 which they said was equivalent to a 19" I think but to me it fits more like an 18". I have changed the pommel to the endurance pommel because I just did not find the western one to be sturdy. The pad is a Skito Dryback which gives us a nice clear spinal channel with me in the saddle. I had zero issues when I did the string test on it. I do really like it quite a bit.
Amarea.... that's the same one I have Black Forest Town & Country. I much prefer it over my older Barefoot!
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See, I was just not a fan at all with the Black Forest saddles. I definitely think that someone should demo a few different brands of treeless to see what exactly works for them and they like. I like Bob Marshalls and Barefoots, don't like BF and Hilasons are so hit and miss that I steer clear from them [ran across two that were any good, they were both the barrel style].
My Ansur Konklusion:
I also have an Ansur Carlton dressage and a Barefoot London. I adore the Ansur saddles and would never go back to treed. I do not like the Barefoot at all -- too much bulk
I use a custom Skito half pad on my Thoroughbreds and an Ansur half pad on my Appy-cross.