So I like to ride my pony bareback a lot, but with a bareback pad to add a bit of extra cushion. I’m on the hunt for a new bareback pad, when I stumbled across the idea of getting a treeless saddle to double as normal saddle and a thick bareback pad. This is the kind I plan on buying if I were to buy one:http://www.amazon.com/Stunni-Quality-Synthetic-Treeless-stirrup/dp/B009K66VGC/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1461383578&sr=8-1&keywords=stunni+treeless+saddle
(Except not suede, I know they sell them but I couldn’t find it on short notice)
I’ve used one before on two of my previous horses and they all seemed to do fine with it, but me being more advanced in dressage than I was back then, and also a lot more careful (I research everything, thoroughly!), I have a lot of questions and concerns.
I’m well aware that most saddle fitters consider treeless saddles to be glorified bareback pads, and I pretty much agree. The saddle fitter I talked to said they’re fine for trail riding and some light work, but not dressage, which is what I do (in addition to trail riding, which I do once or twice a week). But I do heavy dressage work bareback or with a bareback pad and I don’t see the problem? My seat is light and I don’t bounce around, so I don’t see why I couldn’t do that with a treeless saddle as well. I would want to use the saddle as a mega-cushy bareback pad on some occasions, but I’d also like to use stirrups with it. I believe adding the stirrups to this particular saddle doesn’t cause any uneven pressure points, but it doesn’t have an wither clearance like a normal, treed saddle would. Then again, neither does a bareback pad…
Ugh, I guess my questions is, why is riding with a bareback pad any different from riding with a treeless saddle, apart from using stirrups (I know most bareback pads can’t have stirrups because they add pressure on the spine, but this saddle seems like it doesn’t do that). Why couldn’t I do serious dressage work in it, apart from the fact I can’t compete in one?
Sorry, my thoughts are a mess, and I’m just really confused. All replies are much appreciated!