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Compare Specialized Saddles to Treeless Saddles
With no tree to distribute pressure, treeless saddles put pressure where its applied. When rider is sitting, pressure is applied in a relatively small circular area causing pressure over 5 psi and restricted blood flow to this area (shown in yellow and red).
When rider rises to post in stirrups the pressure is applied to apex of angle, along spine or center of back. This is a place you never want to put pressure because the vertical spinal processes of the spinal column have no muscling over them, only skin and nerves, and pressure here is painful for the horse. Try letting someone put their finger in the center of your back and push to see what I mean. Pads with foam inserts can help minimize this spinal pressure but it still exists. Compare the image of Supracore pad, and pad with foam inserts under a treeless saddle shown here to see what your horse’s back experiences. While a treeless saddle can be an improvement over a very bad fitting tree, it isn’t nearly as effective toward the goal of even pressure distribution and low psi as a precision fit system like that found in the Specialized Saddle. Please examine the pressure pad images shown below for graphical proof (as you scroll down you will see the images).*
Compare Specialized Saddles
Specialized Saddles has eliminated this unnecessary leather in front of bars and shortened bars slightly so shoulder movement isn’t as compromised as on most other western saddles For more on the effect of padding and how it affects saddle fit see “The Pad Paradox” article by clicking here. Evaluating saddle fit on a fleece-lined western saddle is difficult.
Specialized Saddles/TW Saddlery builds in the padding and nothing to distort fit is added after you adjust it to fit your horse. The smooth surface of the neoprene pads on a Specialized Saddle lets you see exactly how your saddle fits and the adjustable system lets you dial it in exactly for a perfect fit without using any tools!*
As a result of saddle either being too narrow or too much padding, all pressure is on withers/shoulders. This failure of saddle to fit properly results in it being lifted off back, in center, and some remaining pressure is on loins where contact resumes. This condition is referred to as “bridging”, like a bridge spanning a gully, resting only on the front and back. Horses experiencing this will be reluctant to extend their gaits and this much pressure will cause pain, tissue damage and associated white hairs.
Compare Specialized Saddles Here (below) is an image of same weight rider in a TW Saddle. Note even, light pressure spread evenly along the bars with slightly higher pressure under rider’s seat.