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RE: [RC] Treeless? - Jessica Raines

I have a mare that I have had a lot of trouble with saddle fit. I have a
Specialized saddle for my gelding and I just absolutely LOVE it but I cannot
get it to fit my mare. She is very broad, flat backed with no withers to
speak of. They're actually flat, the lady that works on my horse's backs has
told me she thinks she went over backwards onto a hard surface at some point
and actually crushed the vertebrae. The problem I have is my Specialized
will ride up onto her neck when she gets to moving. This mare is overly
sensitive and I don't think she will tolerate a crupper to alleviate the
problem. Would a treeless saddle possible help with this problem? I have no
problem paying good $$ if the product and result are worth it. I tried a
Barefoot treeless at one point and while it was a nice saddle I felt very
off balance and "slidey" on it. I hope that makes sense.
Jess Spoone-Raines

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To: Kitley, Carrie E Civ USAF AFSPC 30 MDSS/SGSLF; ridecamp@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: Re: [RC] Treeless?

I will just say that treeless has it's place. Certain
horses do better with them then others. General standard
rule: round, wide backs with low withers do best. My
little mare breaks the rules, more moderate withers, not
round backed. Rider size can play into the mix with chanel
issues down the spine and pressure where the stirups
attach to the saddle. Another thing, the padd is vitally
important. Be prepared to pay $$$ for a good pad. It is
worth it!



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