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Fw: [RC] [Guest] Torsion vs Bob Marshall Treeless Saddles - Mike & Kathy Kelly

I have one of each.  Started out with a BMSS, which I love, but its a long
saddle (28in) and rubbed the loins of my short-backed arab.  So for that
horse I ended up getting a Torsion.  It is 6in shorter than the BMSS and
works great on this horse.  Now I have a 2nd horse with an average back,
I'm using the BMSS on him, and it is working great.

The BMSS has closer contact (the Torsion has a few more layers, but I did
take off the seat-peice that's velcroed on the seat, and that has helped
give it a deeper seat and closer contact).  The main disadvantage of the
Torsion (to me) is that its harder to get pads & saddlepacks to fit it.
guessing that as its around longer more of the pad manufacturers (I'm
thinking Skito and Toklat) will make a pad for the Torsion - right now you
have to get custom.  Also, I know that the BMSS are durable and hold up
time, I've only had my Torsion 6mos so time will tell.

An advantage of the Torsion is that the wood tree peices (cantle and
pommel - just like the BMSS) are removable.  I haven't had any problem
them, but if they were too narrow you could put a more flexible material
place of the wood.

Kathy Kelly
Parks AZ


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