Virginian Western Barrel Treeless Saddle
Known as the western treeless saddle with a twist, the Virginian Western Barrel offers you the absolute best seat possible in a western treeless saddle!
Designed with Women's Comfort in Mind
The Virginian is designed with women’s comfort in mind:
- Large deep cantle - Keeps you safely tucked in the saddle, whether you're out all day on the trail, or in the ring.
- New, narrow Cleburn seat along with a nice Y bolster - Creates the perfect twist for your hips.
- More forward fork - We have placed our fork a bit more forward than the standard Freeform Western Barrel saddle to allow for the perfect leg placement with the adjustable fenders . This allows you to get the absolute best seat possible in a western saddle.
Fitting Your Horse(s)
As for fitting your wonderful horse(s), the Freeform Virginian comes standard with:
- Large D cinching to hit the correct girth grove.
- Cutback and Velcro to accept our panel system, if needed for hard-to-fit horses or heavier riders. (Panels not included.)
Note from Paulita
I personally am not a western rider, BUT have fallen in LOVE with this saddle. On our trip to Italy in Nov 2015, Susie and I worked with Guendalina and Zeina at the Freeform saddle factory to create a western saddle that you would not feel so barreled on. I have found lots of the "others" make me feel so rounded in the saddle that I don’t have balance. Hence the needed bolster (removable) for the twist and narrower seat. Look out, you may see me out on the trail in a western saddle now.
The saddle is stocked with X-Large forks (QH bars), I have found this to work on 95% of the horses.
Remember... we have a demo program :)
A Wonderful Review of the Virginian Treeless Barrel Saddle
"Paulita and I have been working on saddle-fitting my horse, Flame, since I got her in November of 2013. She is a QH/App now 9-year old mare that is old school QH — round and stocky and thick. Fitting her has been a nightmare…however, as you will read, the nightmare is over and the dream of seeing my horse and me riding happily in a saddle that feels as if it were custom made for us both has come true!
THE VIRGINIAN—THE ULTIMATE--LAST SADDLE EITHER YOU OR YOUR HORSE(S) WILL EVER NEED!! You aced it--the VIRGINIAN SADDLE is unmistakably the BEST--5 Stars!
As Paulita and I will tell you, my FAT - FLAT - SHORT Backed QH/APP Mare (Flame) is one of those extremely hard to fit horses -- saddles have nothing to grip onto and hold them in place. And we tried!! I personally tried conventional tree-d Western and Australian saddles—my preferred choice for the last 20 years—but nothing worked for BOTH my horse and me. A tree-d width, wide enough for her, put me in spread eagle mode and I had no balance front to back or side to side.
Joyce Harman, a friend and author of the 2 books, The Horse’s Pain Free Backand Saddle Fit Book, (English and Western) was visiting recently and said, “You will not find another saddle anywhere that fits this horse any better than this one.” The Virginian is the ONLY saddle I have ever tried on Flame that simply SAT in place and did NOT rock side-to-side or 'banana’ front-to-back!
I have sheep and in the past, have sold wool to Bill Wood, a well-known saddle fitter, and have personally re-flocked a number of Australian saddles—saddle fitting is NOT new to me; So, it is with some degree of working knowledge that I highly recommend this Western saddle to anyone wanting CLOSE CONTACT and LIGHTNESS. Even with minimal padding and a girth that is longer than typically used with a treeless saddle, THE VIRGINIAN did NOT slip!! (Flame has an exceptionally thick, long muscle that runs down both sides of her spine—providing its own padding and support, but again, has made saddle fitting a nightmare). Furthermore, living in the mountains, I do ride in rather steep terrain and for safety, use both a breast collar and crupper, BUT I have ridden this saddle WITHOUT either here at the farm up and down hills, and it did NOT slip!!!
I sometimes ride two other horses--the neighbor’s Tennessee Walker, ‘Mr. Ed’, who’s now 15-years old and has a typically, well-defined wither and THE VIRGINIAN works well on him using a thicker, cushioned HAF pad insert…and my friend’s Appaloosa, ‘Arrow’, who’s now 13-years old and has a build and wither definition that falls halfway between Flame’s and Mr. Ed’s and THE VIRGINIAN works equally well on him with the same thicker HAF pad insert used on Mr. Ed! Flame requires a lighter non slip pad for support and heat distribution—at Paulita’s recommendation.
Thanks to FREEFORM for listening to all us trail riding folks (women especially) who need:
- Narrowness at the Twist.
- More Forward ADJUSTABLE Stirrups.
- A Horn and Pommel that's OUT OF THE WAY and not in danger of impaling you should you go forward.
- Close Contact like that feeling of being BAREBACK!
- Rigging that doesn't interfere with either you or your horse and being rigged to carry weight front to back so the saddle stays in place and doesn’t ‘pop-up’ at the cantle once the girth is cinched.
- That the stirrups’ position-forward or back a tad…the size of fork itself...and seat (bolster and cantle) can be adjusted is ICING ON THE CAKE!
When a saddle works well, you know because you're not focused on it, but on the Beauty of the Ride, the Connection with your Horse! And the best part of all, I feel like I’m RIDING BAREBACK!! - Hope Y.
Saddle Base Sizing
- Short Back (SB) - 24" in Base - Fits riders up to 145 lbs, western seat size 15
- Standard - 26 1/2" in Base - Fits riders up to 220 lbs, western seat size 17
You aced it--the VIRGINIAN SADDLE is unmistakably the BEST--5 Stars! My full review is on your blog: The last saddle you or your horse will ever need - it was too long to add here. The only saddle to fit my hard-to-fit horse, me, and a couple other horses I ride.