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fargos handmaiden

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Thinking of This Treeless Saddle for Myself, Speedy and Fargo
« on: October 21, 2017, 07:21:39 pm »

Things I read was that guy that owns this company used to work for Barefoot and that these saddles are just as good but made and sold a little cheaper.  I really liked their leather rescue saddle best but price and other considerations brought me back to this little synthetic, especially when it said it could accommodate horses of different wither  shapes.  Fargo's withers are more pronounced now that his back has sagged a bit from his age.  Speedy on the other hand is built about as perfectly as a little horse can be.  Good flesh/muscle over withers without being mutton-withered.  Also I LOVE the light weight of a synthetic.

https://blackforestsaddles.com/product/black-forest-shasta-echo-synthetic/

I would also purchase their western fenders and leather stirrups if I decide to do this.  And (ARGH!!!) probably their expensive grandeur suspension plus saddle pad that is recommended for ruders 180 pounds.  I weigh right at 180 pounds.  Wish I could continue to use my Saddle Right pad but they make a big deal about spine clearance.

Treeless people, what do you think?



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Re: Thinking of This Treeless Saddle for Myself, Speedy and Fargo
« Reply #1 on: October 22, 2017, 07:58:39 am »

I had 2 barefoots - no matter what you do with the padding and shimming you cannot get the pressure off the spine of horse with a dropped topline.  Add in my weight it was a terrible choice.  I vote absolutely no with my own experience.    That experience is what led me to the Trekker saddles with the panels to get that clearance.
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Re: Thinking of This Treeless Saddle for Myself, Speedy and Fargo
« Reply #2 on: October 22, 2017, 08:36:02 am »

Thank you, KCKC.  In my research, I am finding out all is not bliss with BF customer service so I am reconsidering but would like more feedback. Thankz.
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Re: Thinking of This Treeless Saddle for Myself, Speedy and Fargo
« Reply #3 on: October 22, 2017, 08:44:43 am »

My girlfriend has now been riding her Haflinger mare with the Shasta Echo synthetic for the last 6 years. She bought it at Equine Affaire from the company, and brought it home on the plane rolled into her carry on duffel!! She has a sheepskin on hers, and she loves it dearly. It has held up very well, and her mare is very happy with the saddle. A lot of bang for your buck.
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Re: Thinking of This Treeless Saddle for Myself, Speedy and Fargo
« Reply #4 on: October 22, 2017, 09:50:52 am »

Was/is your girlfriend within my weight range or one of these lucky-gene slim-builts? :-)
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Re: Thinking of This Treeless Saddle for Myself, Speedy and Fargo
« Reply #5 on: October 22, 2017, 10:27:04 am »

haflinger bacj might be well padded also  compared to dropped topline
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Re: Thinking of This Treeless Saddle for Myself, Speedy and Fargo
« Reply #6 on: October 22, 2017, 11:46:43 am »

Not understanding "haflinger bacj".  Tried a search just on that and got nothing.  Can you translate into something I can look up on google or have a link?  Is that a saddle or pad, etc.?  Thanks.
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Re: Thinking of This Treeless Saddle for Myself, Speedy and Fargo
« Reply #7 on: October 22, 2017, 11:49:42 am »

Haflinger back....broad, flat, and very padded.
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Re: Thinking of This Treeless Saddle for Myself, Speedy and Fargo
« Reply #8 on: October 22, 2017, 12:21:06 pm »

sorry typo I didn't catch ... haflinger back as noted by Kysa
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Re: Thinking of This Treeless Saddle for Myself, Speedy and Fargo
« Reply #9 on: October 22, 2017, 03:45:02 pm »

My girlfriend's Haflinger is a bit more modern built, she is not overly drafty. Built more like an old type Morgan. She has withers, but low and rounded. Her back is fairly wide, but not overly so. My girlfriend is short...about 5'2" and maybe 130-135 lbs. I think she uses a Haf pad with her saddle. It is made for treeless saddles, but is not overly thick. Her Shasta Echo is a size 1.
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Re: Thinking of This Treeless Saddle for Myself, Speedy and Fargo
« Reply #10 on: October 23, 2017, 08:33:08 am »

We have two Haflingers in the therapeutic riding program where I volunteer. We use Bob Marshall treeless saddles with them. Seems to work well.
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Re: Thinking of This Treeless Saddle for Myself, Speedy and Fargo
« Reply #11 on: October 26, 2017, 05:44:27 pm »

Would not recommend a treeless for a horse with a sagging topline or prominent spine. Try a synthetic Aussie.
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Re: Thinking of This Treeless Saddle for Myself, Speedy and Fargo
« Reply #12 on: October 27, 2017, 08:05:38 am »

^^^^^^^What gaitedappylady has said.^^^^^


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Re: Thinking of This Treeless Saddle for Myself, Speedy and Fargo
« Reply #13 on: October 30, 2017, 06:48:40 pm »

Oooops!  Ordered the Black Forest Ponderosa Town and Country synthetic plus their special pad before seeing post from Rita and you.  Well, we will see.  Some of reading I have done indicated it could help a horse's degenerating topline which I was sure hoping for.  Well, if I find Fargo isn't the better for it, I still have my Imus saddles.  Will not part with them until I am convinced this was right choice.

Thanks anyway, guys.  Your warnings are appreciated and will not go unheeded.  It will have me more on the alert with the new saddle.

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