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For Those Who Have Owned Or Ridden In Bob Marshall Treeless Saddles...

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So I found (what I think is) a good deal on a Bob Marshall Circle Y treeless saddle. ($500) I know the "traditional" saddle pad is the skito, but does anyone use anything else? (that doesn't sore the horse, that is)

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I have used a 5 star pad and a diamond wool pad. The horse stayed comfortable even on multi-day and all day rides. I can mount from the ground with the five star. I used a skito when I first bought my saddle and the foam inserts broke in too fast to suit me.

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Ugh! LUCKY!!!! I have been saddle shopping for 2 - 3 months. I can't even find a park and trail treed circle y for that!!! Or a GOOD stock saddle by a GOOD name for that matter!!

Good for you! Id jump on that deal like a fat kid on chips!

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I snatched it up lol. I gotta figure out how to clean it cause its all suede, and DIRTY. But well worth $500 in my opinion :) I have a real thick wool pad, ya think that will work? Or should I buy something else?

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I would not ride in a treeless saddle without a pad that is specifically made for that purpose. Your saddle isn't constructed to distribute weight and provide spinal clearance without such a pad. Skito, Grandeur, and Haf pads are good.

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I use a supracor pad. I started out using a wool/felt pad. While my horse moved better with the wool/felt pad than she did with a treed saddle I could tell there was still a little stiffness in her speed work. I slao know someone who used a simple wool blanket under one because that is what worked best for a particular horse. In the end listen to your horse. A good place to start though ais a pad that offers weight distribution with spinal clearence.

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Spine clearance is important. It is easy to get into paralysis by over analysis. Take what you have and try it, then go from there. Most likely your pad has a split seam down the middle to allow the halves to move somewhat, try it and see how your horse reacts.

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That was my first instinct KatyB. But then I was hearing about lots of people using thick wool pads with their treeless saddles so I wasn't really sure. I might try it out for a couple of short rides (I'm not a heavy person, and I used to be a decent rider lol), but I think I'm gonna buy a HafSaddle Pad. They seem to have good reviews from what I've read. I'm not even positive I have a western girth that will fit this horse :rolleye0014: I don't know that I've personally put a Western saddle on him lol.

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I don't think you'll do lasting harm with a wool pad for a short ride, but you really won't be able to determine how the saddle works for you or the horse either, so what's the point? I love my Haf pad.

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I know some will disagree, but I have used my Impact Gel the whole time I have had my BM saddle and it has worked wonderfully. My horse is comfier than he ever was in a treed saddle and has never shown any back soreness.

You also mention a cinch. Be aware that you may have to buy a much shorter cinch than you normally would for a treed saddle. My gelding uses a 32" cinch with a treed saddle, but he needs a 28" for the treeless, and could probably even go with a 26" if necessary.

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My ex-wife was riding a Bob Marshall with a wool felt pad on her mare last summer. Her thick little mare uses a 34" cinch on a regular saddle but a 30" on the Bob Marshall. She loved the treeless becuase she said she could feel the horse move like she was bareback.

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Both of my western cinches are 32". :( My gelding is not so big around (Polish Arab, not the roundy Crabbet types) lol I was really hoping I was done buying tack this year. Cross my fingers till I can get out and try it on him I guess...

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