Freeform Ultimate Trail Treeless Saddle - Endurance, Trail or Dressage
The Freeform Ultimate Trail is our best selling saddle - its incredible comfort and security make it a favorite seat for trail, distance riding, and endurance!
We even have high level Dressage riders using this saddle - riders and trainers report that they find this saddle extremely balanced.
Wonderful Gel Seat that Fits a Woman's Pelvic Bones
After many years of riding, I wanted to design a comfy saddle for my older body. I worked for a few years on prototypes of different seat styles. Finally, I’ve come up with what I think is the perfect seat! A wonderful gel seat that fits a woman’s pelvic bones. It’s wide in the seat, narrow in the twist and high in the cantle with soft gel poleys. This seat will keep you in the saddle for many hours of riding. I’m in love with the comfort and security of it. Even though I designed it for women, men are loving it too!
You can also purchase the seat separately. (Note this seat runs small; plan to size up one. See more information in the Sizing sections.)
Enjoy the Trail with Comfort & Balance
Your leg will drape lightly against the side of your horse. You will feel extremely balanced and comfortable in this beautiful Italian made saddle specifically created by Paulita for distance riding.
With only the lightest of leg and seat aids, you can achieve the communication that we all strive towards. This saddle puts you, the rider, in a balanced position that combines comfort with superb craftsmanship.
It is fully adjustable to fit most horses and riders. Try one out... you will love it and your horse will love it.
- The most comfortable seat on the market
- Includes choice of either 2” wave leathers or western fenders
- Interchange billet system to achieve the correct girth placement
- The best quality Italian leather and craftsmanship
Note from Paulita:
I designed the Ultimate Trail Saddle in 2015. It quickly became our most popular saddle. Loved by thousands. It personally has changed how long I’m able to ride and my comfort level. Long walks no longer hurt my lower back in this incredible seat. No matter if I’m posting all afternoon or gaiting down the trail, it is comfortable. It will fit you like a glove. The Wave leathers help my knees by not twisting them in a place of pain. Honestly, I think we are riding all day in a LazyBoy recliner.
Ultimate Trail Treeless Saddle Video Overview
Please view the Ultimate Trail treeless saddle overview video in the product media section above.
Saddle Base Sizes
- Standard 22” Base - Fits all seat sizes
- Shortback 20” Base - Fits seats up 18"
- EXTRA Shortback 18” Base - Fits up to a 17” seat
** PLEASE NOTE: The Ultimate Trail seat does NOT run in a normal sizing - sizing is based on rider height and weight. If you are in a 17, you will need to bump up to a 18. For instance, I’m 5’6” and 145 (most of the time) I ride comfortable in a 18 Ultimate trail seat. Usually I would be in a 17 or 17.5”. Please see below for more information on measuring for your seat size.
Choosing the Correct Seat Size for the Ultimate Trail Saddle
The primary consideration for the rider of a treeless saddle is the seat size.
** PLEASE NOTE: The Ultimate Trail seat does NOT run in a normal sizing. Sizing is based on rider height and weight. Please call us at 540-271-4577 for sizing assistance.
The Ultimate Trail is available in seat size 16.5” – 20”.
If you are in a 17, you will need to bump up to a 18. For instance, I’m 5’6” and 145 (most of the time) I ride comfortably in a 18 Ultimate trail seat. Usually I would be in a 17 or 17.5”.
This saddle is super comfy and light weight. I got the ultimate trail saddle and love it. I am balanced and my horse Judy and I are a good team using the freeform treeless. Judy has broad shoulders and this saddle is wonderful. My teacher got in it and said it feels like riding on a couch. It feels like that and it's only 10 pounds!!! It fits my pelvis perfectly and also my hard to fit draft cross horse. Tried and true. Whitney & Paulita worked with me to make sure I was happy and comfortable. They even let me return the Pathfinder, my first choice, in exchange for this one... Truly I feel this company just wants the customer & especially the horse to be happy, for the long haul. I am blessed to have purchased such a beautiful and well made saddle. Good people, exceptional quality saddle.
I purchased the Ultimate Trail saddle almost a year ago and I am still as happy with the saddle today as I was when I first received it. With the addition of panels and a supportive pad with inserts as recommended by Paulita, I have a winning combination that performs well for the horses I have used it on. I was absolutely amazed to look down while riding and see the horse’s entire shoulder free and moving. It was quite odd at first because most saddles cover up the shoulder area and I kept thinking the saddle was too far back. The seat is comfy and despite the minimalist style of the saddle it provides a great deal of security. I use this saddle for riding trail with lots of trotting, mountain obstacle courses, and mountain trail riding. If I had to replace this saddle today I would buy exactly what I have again. Dawn Keeler - a satisfied customer.
I have 2 Freeforms - love them both. Adding my review to both saddles!
I am a veterinarian and utilize animal chiropractic, acupuncture and laser therapy in my practice. Up until recently, I have always ridden in treed saddles. I currently have a horse that has never been happy in a treed saddle, even when they seemingly fit her. So, I began looking at treeless saddles and I have tried no less than four different brands. When I tried the Freeform treeless saddles it was obvious from the first moment that my horse was happier. She was much more relaxed, forward and moving better through her back. I have had the Freeform Ultimate Trail Saddle and the Pathfinder for 5 months now and both my horses are very comfortable and happy. I'm so pleased to have found Paulita and the Freeform Treeless saddles and to recommend them to my clients.
Just a few words about my ‘happy ass’ saddle. It’s been a year since I ordered my Ultimate Trail saddle. I initially went looking for an alternative to my bespoke County saddle when my horse Blanco finally started coming back into work after a long bout of lameness. Blanco suffered from under run heels when he first came to me, and things only worsened when he shredded both DDFT’s. It took a year to even begin to recover, and during that time of decreased activity I noticed symptoms that led to a diagnosis of HYPP. So now we were dealing not only with lameness but also with a genetic muscle disease. So now we were ready to begin the slow road to rehab, but what to do with a saddle that was no longer even close to fitting his changed musculature. That’s when I discovered the treeless saddle. After much research I contacted Paulita. We talked a bit about what I wanted and what Blanco needed and we have never been happier. I’ve had the saddle and Freeform pad for a year now and we’ve come so far. Blanco’s back is still changing, but through it all the saddle has fit both of us perfectly. I recently contacted Paulita as I thought maybe I needed to ‘upgrade’ to a Skito pad. After looking at photos of my boy, Paulita convinced me not to ‘fix’ what wasn’t broken. She was right. My issue proved to be a training and balance issue and not a tack issue.
I’m in love with this saddle and what it has done for my horse during and after a very rough stretch. Thank you SO much for your insight and support. I know I can always ask for help and it will be there. Can’t wait until we can get back on the Colorado trails again :)
I am fortunate to own two of Paulita’s saddles: The Freeform Scout and the Classic Trail. I like to refer to them as my corvette (scout) and porsche (trail). Either saddle fits both of my horses. I choose which saddle to use based on the type riding I will be doing. If I plan to be in the saddle all day, then I may choose the corvette (scout) with lots of cushion, multiple rings and tie downs, and aesthetically pleasing. If I plan to ride faster and agile I choose the porsche (trail) with its close contact, cross-fired girthing, and narrower spread.
Somehow these Freeform saddles make me feel more like an athlete and less like a 62year old retiree. They are well designed and very light weight. Made in Italy, they give the rider a European flair.
Two time AERC national 100-mile champ