Treeless Saddles for
Trail, Endurance, Gaiting & More
Enjoy trail riding? Endurance riding? Have a gaited horse? Looking for comfort for both you and your horse in your trail riding saddle or your endurance saddle on those long and sometimes rugged trails? Welcome to Saddle Up, LLC. Our innovative treeless saddles by Freeform provide unsurpassed comfort and freedom for many disciplines of riding including trail, endurance, competitive distance trail, gaiting, dressage, and jumping.
Why Treeless Saddles?
Riding your horse in a treeless saddle is like a dream come true for you both – finally, a saddle that maximizes your connection for balance, freedom and comfort. Offering:
- Full freedom of movement for your horse
- Solutions for hard-to-fit horses & riders
Balance, Freedom & Comfort
Freeform saddles provide extraordinary comfort for you and your horse. The experience of sitting in a treeless saddle is similar to bareback riding, only much more comfortable and safer. You have very close contact with your horse. You immediately experience the wonderful feeling of your horse’s free, muscular movement and rhythm beneath you. You feel comfortable and secure in your seat, not to mention your improved balance. You feel relief from back, knee and neck pain.
Another definite advantage to these saddles is that no specialist is required for fitting: one saddle fits almost every horse’s back, period. As a result, your horse experiences unparalleled freedom of movement.
These lightweight saddles are easy to handle when tacking up. They are suitable for most types of riding with distinctive characteristics that appeal to rider and horse preferences. We pride ourselves on our customer service to help you make the initial small adjustments available to you to have the perfect fit for you and your horse.
Fundamental Technical Features of
Adjusts to Your Horse’s Movements
The Freeform treeless saddles are flexible in directions that allow the saddle to adjust immediately to the movements of the horse. The construction of these saddles allows for free and full extension of the horse’s shoulders, unencumbered by the rigidity of a tree. The pommel area is non weight-bearing and the horse can move forward without restriction or pain. This helps to build or rebuild the horse’s topline.
Best Weight Distribution
Freeform saddles are designed to give the best possible weight distribution. With our new panel system we are able to do computer scans that are clean and clear. This is huge in fitting the horses withers, spine issues and heavier riders (175-210 lbs). During a rising trot and two pointing, the rider’s weight is distributed over the entire footprint of the saddle.
Promotes Healthy Backs
Freeform saddles promote healthy backs! Our saddles are made of foam injected molding that keep the saddle off the horse’s spine. Adjustable stirrup attachments on all models allow you to place your stirrup where you need for better balance (and allows you to save your knees). Y girthing spreads the pressure of the girth across the entire saddle for your horse’s comfort. High-withered horses now have a cutback option or interchangeable pommel inserts available. Remember a saddle should not only fit when your horse is standing still, but should fit when he is in movement.
Provides Improved Contact
The Freeform saddle looks and feels more like a normal saddle to the rider but provides improved contact and all the other benefits of a treeless saddle. It is an anatomically shaped one-piece foam mold covered by Italian leather. A flexible aluminum arch in the front part of the detachable seat provides wither clearance. These saddles totally adjust to the shape of any given horse while providing good stability on the horse’s back. Freeform saddles appeal to those who plan to show or compete with their horse.
For more details about the technical features of these saddles, go to:
• Freeform Saddles
Check Out Our Videos
- Saddle Fitting – A good overview of proper saddle fit for your horse along with adjustments for rider comfort. Covers girthing placement and options. Addresses shoulder relief and how to keep saddles from slipping back.
- Saddle Spotlights – Take a closer look at some of our most popular saddles – and new additions – to show you the features you’ll love. Just like shopping in person!
- Setup Tips & Quick Changes with Accessories – Tips for setting up and adjusting your Freeform treeless saddle. See how to quickly change up your saddle with our dressage and all-purpose mono flaps.
- Tips for Gaited Horses – Helpful information for gaited horses. Gaited horses are often a fitting challenge due to their unique shoulder movement. Our saddles work wonderfully with gaited horses.
Pads & Accessories
Choice of pads is more important with treeless saddles than conventional saddles, to provide stability, cooling, and full protection of the horse’s spine and loin area. We offer a full line of the best pads in the industry. We also offer custom-designed accessories for each saddle: girths, stirrups, seats, leathers, panels, etc. You can explore these in our store.
In Paulita’s words:
“Let my experience help you.”
For more than a decade I’ve been riding in a treeless saddle — hard endurance miles and many trail miles, too. Years ago, in searching for a saddle that would fit one of my horses, I came across treeless saddles. They were kinda new to the market. I did months and months of research before buying my first saddle.
Recently, I have been working closely with several different saddle fitters here on the east coast. Trust me, I’ve learned a great deal in the past few years. I’d love to share my knowledge with you in helping you with the correct fit. Oh and by the way, the saddle fitters really like the new panel system offered by Freeform. It is making things a whole lot easier for the hard-to-fit horse.
There are a lot of treeless saddles on the market these days. I’ve seen just about all of them. And yes, some of them have given treeless a bad name. And yes, some will collapse onto the spine of the horse. And yes, some will roll with rounder horses. And yes some are just cheap crap, that don’t work or hold up. Pardon my French.
Some of the very expensive treeless saddles that are lovely to look at have very good stuffed panels, but with no options for fitting. These saddles have very narrow gullets that just don’t work well, either.
I have offered several different treeless saddles here since I opened Saddle Up, LLC. As you can tell, I have removed all but the Freeform Saddles. As you read through my web site I hope you will see why. Please, if you have questions, call or email me. I’m here to help make this a fun and enjoyable adventure for both you and your horse.
I am happy to talk with you about which saddle is best for you. Just email firstname.lastname@example.org or give me a call: 1 540-271-4577.