Manufacturer: Barefoot Treeless
Model: Lexington Dressage Treeless Saddle
Category: Dressage Saddles
Purchase: I paid Aus$1300.00 for the basic saddle, and then purchased the saddle pads- Skitso as well as very soft beautiful barefoot styrup leathers, that all up, came to Aus $1600.00. Purchased the saddle in Australia but its a German import. My horse is very difficult to fit, usually only puts up with a saddle once or twice then wants to eat it and me when saddling up, and just won't go forward. So going treeless has been a bit of a last resort issue for us. I'm selling it and looking for an alternative treeless saddle.
Likes: She is much more relaxed over her back in the saddle, going long and low, but still not very forward.My horse does prefer the treeless to the treed saddles.The barefoot styrup leather are worth it just on their own, they won't mark the saddle and are so soft, hopefully really strong too.
Dislikes: She isn't 100% happy with the saddle as it tends dip at the withers if your horse has high withers and not enough muscle over the topline. Added padding in the front, felt like I was riding on a mountain top. I couldn't really feel my horse through 3 inches of padding - had to use two layers of padding due to not having a good topline. The flaps are very long and I kept on catching my lower leg on the bottom edge, my calf was on the saddle not the horse, so this creates a tendancy to lift your heal to get contact. Long legged people shouldn't have this problem. My issue that it is very wide to ride in, and I'm finding it difficult to positioning myself in the trot. Even though you can change the styrup position, to find that perfect position takes time. I found that I bruised myself on the pommel area when trotting, padding under the front did help, but in the end I was padded up. This is a fantastic saddle to trial ride in, but for pure dressage it does require some getting used to, and probably not for all riders. It is bulky and you will have to field some comments from the traditionalists just because of its looks. Lovely armchair feel in the walk and canter, due to the high cantel and very deep seat. I tried it on my 14.1hh pony, and the poor boy drowns in it. More saddle than horse, although I've been told that the only pressure on the horse is where you sit, so it doesn't matter if you look like there is more saddle than horse. over the withers and practicaly onto the rump. The saddle did slip on my rolly polly pony, and I did hit the dirt, so check the girth and probably an anti-slip pad would be good.
Quality: The workmanship looks great, and leather seems to be a good quality.
Summary: This isn't a beautiful looking saddle in the traditional sense. Your horse would probably prefer it to a treed saddle. If you do a lot of bare back or hacking, then this is the saddle for you.
Usefulness Rating: 2.5 out of 5.
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