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RE: [RC] [RC] treeless - legsmontanna

I, too, have Freeform Saddles.  I have had the Classic for two years and the Enduro for two months.  They fit all four of my Arabians... the skinny 3 year old, her pure polish mother,  the rather rotund gelding and the high withered, slight mare.  I have the HAF pad but prefer the Limpet Performance Pad.   My horses have freedom of shoulder movement and I only have a 7 pound saddle to throw on their backs.  Everybody is very happy! 
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From: "Ranelle Rubin" <raneller@xxxxxxx>

> Annie,
> Have you considered a FreeForm? I personally prefer the "english twist" and
> have ridden in both the BM Sport saddle and the Barefoot Cheyenne..both of
> these are western. My horses do fine in any of them, but if you look at the
> way they are made, for the long haul, I believe the FF will provide more
> support of the rider's weight due to the injection process of the seat.
> As far as cinch gauls, my gelding has this problem, but is fine now that I
> bought a sheared fleece girth from Janet at Australian Connection. She had
> to order the exact one I wanted, but it works great after about 200
> miles...so I am sticking to it.
> Ranelle Rubin
> R.Rubin Consulting
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> >From: oneilannie1994@xxxxxxx
> >To: ridecamp@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
> >Subject: [RC] treeless
> >Date: Tue, 15 May 2007 12:17:10 -0400
> >
> >I posted earlier but it never showed up so here goes again. I know this
> >topic has been discused to death and I have been in the archives but I need
> >to know more.
> >I have tried many different treed saddles on my 13 yr old arab. He has a
> >longish back, good withers with a pretty broad back,and after having owned
> >him for 4 yrs has gone from an under weight 800 to 1100 big boy. He has
> >gotten sore in the shoulders and I have been able to take care of that with
> >saddle changes but he has some conic type soreness in the loin area. I have
> > had complete vet evaluation done on him and his hocks are fusing. The left
> >almost completely and the right still has a way to go, so I know this can
> >cause back pain, but I feel alot of his back problems are do to saddle fit
> >and how the saddle fits me and my riding. i would like to try a barefoot
> >saddle. i do slow 50's and do a lot of posting and 2 point riding, but I
> >also walk a lot on a ride is this harder on the back in a treeless? Also my
> >horse is extremely prone to galling, can these saddle be ridden in a fairly
> >loose cinch? Do they slip a lot. I am a feather weight rider so I am sure
> >that helps but I would appreciate any insight on using a treeless and doing
> >end
> >urance.
> >Thanks,
> >Annie
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