|Winter 2017-18 Setup with Trekker Luxus Treeless Saddle|
- Works with almost any saddle pad, currently using with a Hilason Gel Western pad, with a Back On Track liner velcroed to the saddle pad
- Saddle is extremely comfortable, with a good twist and removable kneeblocks
- Saddle is very secure, and seats me in a good position even with shorter stirrups
- Fit is adjustable with both a pommel adjustment and (re)moveable panels
- Solid construction and doesn't slip
I adore this saddle - I found it on eBay for a steal at a little over $600 shipped (used but very good condition). I bought it in February of 2017, and we've finally started using it on a regular basis these last few months. I wasn't able to use it often during the first year of Jax's rehab from his muscle disorder - he was just too sensitive in his back and shoulders. He now seems very comfortable in it and moves out great. It's extremely short length means I can place it behind his shoulders and the saddle doesn't sit me passed his last rib on his extremely short back (in fact, because of the short span of saddle in front of me, I sit in the exact same position as I do bareback). I measured the length of this saddle and it is 19" in length! Perfect for my boy.
I tried using this saddle with a felt pad, and it was bouncy at the trot and canter. Some of that was him and his jack-hammer trot when he doesn't feel good, but I immediately noticed a difference with the gel pad which seems to work better with these thick panels.
The saddle is comfortable for me as well. It has a nice soft seat, a good twist, the panels are thin leather so it's close-contact, and the kneeblocks are velcro so they can be moved around or completely removed. The adjustable pommel is phenomenal, and the area behind Jax's shoulders that tends to get bulgy isn't squeezed by this saddle. It's also really secure, doesn't slip, and has a tall cantle for that massive canter that can easily unseat me when he spooks! (Which thankfully, is rare with PSSM management). I have mounted from the ground while on the trails a time or two, but I usually use a mounting block or climb on a rock when available so that I won't pull on his back (also, he's very tall at 16.1h, and with my shorter stirrups, I'm just not that limber lol).
Overall, this saddle is exactly what we needed. I can't think of anything I don't like about it. Since I do love my bareback pad, I still ride in it quite often, and finally have my boy's trot and canter to a smoothness that can now be sat bareback without holding on (something I've wanted to accomplish since I got him 6 years ago). And that is mostly thanks to this saddle - it kept me secure during the rougher transitions so I could work him through it without worrying about my seat. I highly recommend this saddle!