Manufacturer: (View all products by Hilason Saddlery)
Model: Treeless Western Barrel Racing / Trail Saddle (View all Treeless Western Barrel Racing / Trail Saddle reviews)
Category: Trail Saddles
Purchase: I bought this saddle via Ebay as it was a bit cheaper than the web site for Hilason. I paid just over $500 including shipping.
Likes: I love this saddle. I feel so comfortable and safe in the seat and I like that I can feel the horse and I know the horse is moving freely. I bought this saddle at the end of spring 2007 and have put many hours in it ... I have ridden 4 or 5 different horses in this saddle and they all had different backs and fittings ... but the Hilason was able to fit them all perfectly ... I grew up riding bareback and need to feel my horse to ride balanced and this saddle allows this without any issues.. it is a nice saddle, a bit nicer than a trail rider probably needs, but I like nice things ..
Dislikes: The biggest thing I don't like about the saddle is it is flat when not on the horse and therefor will not stay on the saddle rack in my trailer ... grrrrr but I prop it on its horn on a shelf in my trailer and it stays put with no problem ... also I rode in a 15 seat in my other western treed saddle and Hilason said to get a 16 as the equivalent and I feel is is just a bit small, but totally doable ...if I were to purchase a second one for some odd reason I would get a 17 inch seat ... ...but it is comfortable!
Quality: The leather seems to be of good quality I have had no issues... .. I am just a lowly trial rider and this is a pretty saddle ... the leather is tooled and their are silver conchos and plenty of D rings .. also a back cinch ring That I may put to use ... j
Summary: I loved my old saddle that was a circle Y and so comfortable.... I was hesitant getting a treeless, especially a Hilason since the reviews were all over the board. Many comments scared me, but honestly I had my other saddle for 4 years and paid $320 for it .... I just needed something that was not going to pinch my horse and I knew I had to go treeless... I am 5'9" and do not have any problems with the stirrup length.. the seat is comfortable and I have never felt insecure in the saddle and I ride pretty hard multiple times a week. usually at minimum 6 hours in the saddle and neither my horse or myself are sore .... LOVE it I think it is worth the money .... With me it is all about comfort and safety and I feel both of these when riding in my Hilason
Usefulness Rating: 2.5 out of 5.
10 reader(s) voted.
Tucker Endurance Trail Saddles
Steele Custom Saddles Mountaineer Trail Saddles
CTK TASA01-A Trail Saddles
Denham Saddlery Plantation saddle with horn Trail Saddles
national bridle lite rider Trail Saddles
Trailwise Endurance Elite Trail Saddles
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