Howdy: My name is Paulita Neff. I live in the beautiful Mountains of Virginia with my long time partner Jeff, our wonderful herd of horses (3 Arabs, 1 QH and 1 Spotted Walker who belongs to my dear friend Susie) and our great dogs “Kula” and “Billy Jack.” I’m so lucky to have the opportunity to live and ride here. Jeff and I enjoy many days in our treeless saddles trail riding the awesome trails next to our home. Jeff doesn’t realize we are on conditioning training rides for endurance rides since he’s in his Barefoot saddle now. He doesn’t ride endurance yet. I’m holding out hope that he someday will catch the fever.
I so believed in the treeless saddle experience that I bought into the business. After riding for the past 40 years, I’ve gone through many saddles and disciplines. I’ve been horse crazy for as long as I can remember. Always dreaming of the pony standing next to the Christmas tree. I started riding at the age of five at Deerfield Horse Center in Great Falls, Virginia–schooling horse with those old English saddles. I didn’t care at that point in my life, as I was just so happy to be riding once a week. As I grew up and moved to the Shenandoah Valley in Virginia I starting riding a variety of disciplines from showing Quarter horses in western pleasure to Tennessee Walkers in plantation classes (none of that padded stuff). Never feeling totally in tune with my horse until I purchased my first treeless saddle. For months I researched treeless saddles. The Freeform saddle was new to the United States, and offered everything I’d been looking for. Freedom of movement for my horses, the end to saddle fitting issues by adapting to all five of my different shaped horses. The contact between the horse and myself is like we’ve become one. What an amazing experience! My horses have longer strides and freedom of shoulder movement; they also are able to have much better natural balance when ridden. I still ride in my first treeless Freeform saddle and love it each and every time I go out.
I’m finally in a place in my life to enjoy the sport of endurance and many hours of trail riding. This connected me to a more natural way of riding for both horse and rider. The freedom, balance and comfort for both myself and my horses are an unbelievable experience.
Jeff loves to ride Shay on our camping trip to Durbin WV. Shay is a gaited mare who loves to move out along the river. Both of them spend hours hunting wild mushroom. Jeff rides on a Freeform Cascade saddle. We use a HAF pad that has been retrofitted with equipedic foam insert and a thin poron panel velcro directly to the saddle. Works great for the two of them. Happy Trails.
Ashby wanted to ride the Old Dominion ride instead of letting Mimi. He just loves to ride. “Let’s go up that mountain Mimi.” I can’t wait for the day I can take him on his first Limited Distance ride.