Manufacturer: Hilason Treeless Saddle (View all products by Hilason Saddlery)
Model: Trail Riding/Barrel Racing Saddle Round Skirt (View all Trail Riding/Barrel Racing Saddle Round Skirt reviews)
Category: Trail Saddles
Purchase: I found the Hilason Saddle on ebay while looking for a treeless saddle that would fit my two saddle mules. I had experienced trouble with saddle trees rubbing my mules even with a mule bar saddle. I am also nearing 60 years of age and a lighter saddle is easier to tack up and I am a short person as well. I paid around $449.00 for the saddle over a year ago. The saddle was listed on ebay through the Hilason Company. Also, I wanted a saddle that would fit most any horse as well.
Likes: It is a great saddle for the money. Very well built and rides good. I ride rough terrain most of the time including steep and winding mountain trails with switchbacks. The high back and pommel hold me in place easily. The d-rings front and back work fine with my mule britchen (which I prefer) or a crupper. I use it on both my mules. One is absolutely wide, muscled up and flat backed and the other is slim and more horsey built. Works fine on either one. I like the variation in color. I chose the light tan color and it matches my light tan britchen and breast collar very well. Also, there comes with the saddle a second leather support for the cantle which makes the seat smaller for holding you in turning barrels. It fastens firmly to the cantle with straps. I don't run barrels but it seems this could be helpful on steep trail rides to hold you in the saddle even better.
Dislikes: I do not like the saddle fenders which are two separate units. If you are not careful they will pinch your calves. However, if you keep your legs straight it rarely happens. I will probably change the fenders to the normal western one piece type. This is only noticeable to me being short and having the stirrups short, on a taller person I double it would bother you. The second thing is nylon rigging holding the stirrups is a little on the light side. Not to much of a problem if you are a light person or do not do too much riding. It has never failed but I wonder at times. I would gladly change the fenders for the price of the low investment and the ride comfort of the saddle.
Quality: This saddle is well constructed for the money. The leather seems to be very good, well stitched throughout. Plenty of d-rings for breast collars, brichen, cruppers, and saddle bags. This saddle doesn't seem to mildew and mold as much as my other leather saddle do. I am not sure why but I left my saddle in my trailer all winter and saw no mole or mildew. As I mentioned above the dislikes are the fenders and light nylon rigging.
Summary: Very well pleased with my Hilson especially from a mule riders standpoint. Mules are one of the hardest to fit with a saddle as each mule is different and conformed almost opposite to a horse. I like the thought if I wanted to ride a horse with this saddle it would fit the horse as well. I recently noticed that Hilason has a twelve inch childrens saddle now. I am thinking about buying one of those for my granddaughter to ride my mules with me.
Author: Carolina Mule Rider
Usefulness Rating: 3.2 out of 5.
15 reader(s) voted.
Shenandoah Trail Saddles
Stonewall Saddle Company Stonewall classic 14 inch Trail Saddles
Fallis Balanced Ride Trail Saddles
Circle Y Trail Gator Endurance Trail Saddles
Simco "Deluxe" trail saddle 8695 Trail Saddles
Circle y Alabama trail gaitor Trail Saddles
Jason McKenzie 1 / Wade saddle Trail Saddles
Huber Training saddle Trail Saddles
Fabtron Easy Rider Trail Trail Saddles
CTK TASO 18 Trail Saddles
Dixieland Gaited Saddles Gaited wide tree Trail Saddles
ABETTA TRINITY SERENITY SYNTHETIC ENDURANCE SADDLE Trail Saddles
Wyoming Saddlery 16" Draft Custom Trail Saddles
DIXIELAND GAITED SADDLE Butterfly Skirt Roughout Trail Saddles
J. Stead Saddles.com Rose Wade Trail Saddles
Dixieland Gaited Saddles Butterfly Light Rider Trail Saddles
Dixieland Gaited Saddles LIGHT RIDER BUTTERFLY EXTRA WIDE GAITED FIT Trail Saddles
Sycamore Creek Sadles TASO 16 Trail Saddles
Dixieland Saddles Round Skirt Western Trail Trail Saddles
Dixieland Custom Butterfly Western Trail Saddle Trail Saddles