AE Saddleworks (Freeform USA)
Bandos Treeless Saddle
For Sale on eBay
Manufacturer: AE Saddleworks (Freeform USA)
Model: Bandos Treeless Saddle
Category: Trail Saddles
Purchase: I purchased the Bandos directly from Freeform through Ebay for about $500. I was looking for a treeless saddle after my endurance horse presented with white hairs on either side of the withers.
Likes: The leather on this saddle is great. It is more of a nubuck which offers a lot of grip. The adjustable stirrup plate is fantastic! You can move the stirrups to the position comfortable for you and aren't strapped into a chair seat. There are 13 D rings to attach anything you can imagine! The balance and feel of the saddle is wonderful, and with the removable pommel and cantle, this saddle can literally fit ANY horse. You can feel the horse move and feel their spine flex right through the seat. Offers a very close contact feel with drastically increased awareness of what's going on beneath you.
Dislikes: If you remove the pommel, you will end up with a lot of slippage on a round back and/or mutton withered horse. I fixed this by putting the solid pommel back in. You must use an endurance style breastcollar to help with slipping. I bought a Zilco, but that's another $90. Well worth it though. Also, this saddle doesn't really have panels, so you MUST use the expensive treeless pads (HAF, or Skito), which adds another $100-$200 to your cost. But once you get the setup right, you won't be sorry! Also the removable seat on this saddle is stiff and uncomfortable. I took it off all together and replaced with a merino sheepskin from Easycare, Inc.
Quality: The quality and construction are excellent. Extremely durable, worth every penny.
Summary: I would definitely buy it all over again! Barring the slippage issues, the saddle is incredible. The degree of slippage depends on your pad, and the shape of your horse, but can be alleviated with the proper steps.
Usefulness Rating: 2.85714 out of 5.
7 reader(s) voted.
Other Reviews You May Find Interesting
Crates #238-4 Trail Trail Saddles
Meleta Brown Freedom Saddle by Crates Crates Trail Meleta Brown Trail Saddles
Circle Y Kentucky Trail Gaiter Trail Saddles
Martin Saddlery Clinton Anderson Saddle Trail Saddles
J. Stead Wade Saddle Trail Saddles
Down Under Saddlery Kimberly Trail Master Trail Saddles
Tucker Tucker equitation endurance Trail Saddles
Tucker Endurance generation II Trail Saddles
Abetta Abetta endurance Trail Saddles
Big horn 1637 Voyager Trail Saddles
specialized endurance Trail Saddles
Dixieland Gaited Saddles D9U/ Butterfly Trail Saddles
Dixieland Gaited Saddles Butterfly Light Rider Trail Saddles
Corriente Assosiation Trail Saddles
TN Saddlery Synthetic Trail Saddle Synthetic Trail Saddle Trail Saddles
James Saddlery Universal Pattern Military Saddle Trail Saddles
CTK saddlery TAS015 - B Trail Saddles
Martin Saddlery All Around Saddle Trail Saddles
Big. Horn Buckaroo. Flex saddle #1694 Trail Saddles
Fred Hook slick fork Trail Saddles