Are we ready for treeless saddles?
Many would argue, the finest horsemen in history were also the most natural...
The Cherokee Native Americans set what seems an unreachable bar in horsemanship. So are we ready for treeless saddles?
To say riding with a treeless saddle is the same as riding bareback would, of course, be completely ludicrous. But does it not demand a similar level of horsemanship?
The tree is built to provide support, even pressure and comfort – for the horse and the rider. A treeless saddle cannot offer these same benefits. Instead, it leaves the horse vulnerable to abnormal pressure points. The rider’s seat bone can dig into the horse, causing its back muscles to tighten.
Isn’t the tree there to help, where we lack the supreme ability the Native Americans had? Perhaps not? Perhaps you ride your horse treeless? Even bareback? Does it work for you?