Manufacturer: Freeform (View all products by Freeform)
Model: Liberty (View all Liberty reviews)
Category: Dressage Saddles
Purchase: I bought this saddle from www.freeformusa.com, I worked with Heather and she was wonderful! (She even sent me 3 different seat sizes to try at once because I wasn't sure which would work... everything arrived next day). I paid $1550.
Likes: The seat is incredibly comfortable, you can change seat sizes (when I told my mom this she said "Oh that's great! If you get pregnant than you can buy a bigger seat size and still be able to ride! What a good feature!... Right mom.), you can also move the position of the stirrups, and above all... my horse loves it! She used to have a lot of problems doing trot-to-canter transitions (she would buck or rear in to the canter) and in this saddle she has moved like a dream from the moment I put it on her.
Dislikes: I don't know that this is something I dislike, but it can definitely be a hassle to some and is something you need to think about and research before you buy this saddle... the padding you use with this saddle and make or break your experience. If you do not use the correct padding, you and your horse will be miserable. The saddle will not fit properly and you will not get the full effect of the saddle. This may be a downside to some but I see it as either buying a new treed saddle every time my horse changes shape (several times a year), or adjusting the padding on my treeless saddle instead (new saddle vs. different saddle pad). This is true with ANY treeless saddle... Ansur, Freeform, Barefoot, etc. You should also use a breast collar with any treeless saddle. Treeless saddles have a lot of benefits, but there are also downsides and it is just something you need to think about before you decide to get one.
Quality: The leather is beautiful, the construction is great, overall it seems like a good quality saddle.
Summary: I think this saddle is definitely worth the money and is a good buy. If you are interested in buying a treeless saddle, this is a great one to look in to (all of the Freeform models are) because of their versatility and more reasonable price (Ansurs are generally much more expensive and don't have the versatility of the Freeforms). Keep in mind that you need to find the right padding to make the saddle work for you and your horse... Ansur does have a great line of padding/ shims that can help with this. I use the Mattes Correction Dressage Pad (square pad with half wool back and removable shims- shims in, my horse is in the process of gaining some weight), and a forelift pad that I bought from Ansur.
Usefulness Rating: 2.7 out of 5.
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