Manufacturer: Goldfinch Treeless Saddles
Category: All Purpose Saddles
Likes: What a difference it has made to both my horse and I. It is like riding bareback but with the added stability of stirrups. I feel totally at one with my mare. When she looks to one side slightly I can feel it underneath me, as opposed to feeling like I was "pamped on top". If she is worried or anything, I feel it. I ride longer in the leg, sit deeper in the saddle, which is fantastic when we have the sudden skip to one side and I just follow her, as opposed to slipping in the saddle, behind the movement as it were. The weight of this saddle is something else, it is incredibly light. The heaviest part is the metal safety stirrups I use. I normally carry it around, slung over my arm, no problem. It also gives me a feeling of being very secure in this saddle and as I have several pins holding my hips and knee together, that is very important to me. Best and most importantly my mare behaves like a different horse and she is now well behaved, more relaxed and comfortable and its a pleasure to ride. The whole process of getting the saddle and ensuring it was right for my horse and I was good too, the ladies from Goldfinch (Barbara and Helen)had to endure me asking lots of questions, which to their credit they answered and their customer support was good, with the opportunity of feedback.
Dislikes: The only thing I struggle with is the girth, tightening it up after I have got on. As it is a dressage girth the buckles are really low down on her belly and I have to almost lie flat on my face and her neck to do this. Its great if someone is there to help or hold her while I do this but it can be done! It also took me a couple of rides to get used to sitting on the saddle, the slightly different leg position, like I said its like riding bareback!!!
Quality: The quality of my beloved saddle to me is second to none. The leather is soft and good quality, as I mentioned earlier it is very lightweight, the numnah that is supplied is good, sheepskin padded. The stirrup leathers have the buckle at the base so it doesn't have a bump at the top of my thigh. The seat of the saddle comes away as does the metal wither guide (which is outside the saddle)and they come in a very wide variety of sizes, it is possible to get other sizes to enable this saddle to be used on several different shaped horses, from the narrowest to the broadest. The seat comes in a range of sizes too, from 16.5" to a whopping 19".
Summary: To sum up, this saddle for both me and my horse is an investment. It has to be without a shadow of a doubt the best ever piece of tack I have ever bought. I don't think I would ever ride in a treed saddle again, I would always take my treeless. It has given both of us a whole new beginning and I feel that the bond between my horse and I has deepened. To finish off all I can say is that you have never truly ridden a horse until you have ridden in a treeless saddle.
Author: Skooch's mum!! (Karen G)
Usefulness Rating: 2.5 out of 5.
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