Kimberley Ultralight Treeless Saddle

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Down Under Kimberley Soft Saddle

This is one of the lightest saddles available – just 8 pounds including leathers and stirrups! It may sacrifice weight, but it doesn’t sacrifice comfort. This treeless saddle has a padded seat has a sure-grip synthetic suede surface to help keep you secure. The stirrup bars can be moved forward or back to suite your riding style. One inch stirrup leathers give your legs plenty of freedom of movement. The underside of the saddle features breathable nylon Air Mesh and the padded panels are made of closed cell polyurethane foam.

  • Bright, durable synthetic material with a padded, sure-grip synthetic suede
  • Available in black, red, or blue
  • Synthetic suede leg cushions and knee blocks
  • 3” seat depth
  • Seat can be detached for riding with a sheepskin pad
  • Breathable, cushioned synthetic panels
  • Stirrup leathers can be moved forward or back to suite the riders style
  • Color matched aluminum stirrups with leather tread
  • Quality dressage style neoprene 24" girth with roller buckles
  • Two d-rings at the front of the saddle, two on the side, and one in the back
  • Ultra light weight – less than 8 pounds including leathers and stirrups
Item Specifications:
Medium (equivalent to English 17")
Large (equivalent to English 19") 

Product Reviews by Customers

Rated 4.7 out of 5 by 6 reviewers.
Rated 5 out of 5 by Exceeds expectations Lightweight, comfortable for horse & rider, yet secure and seems sturdy. Am trailriding with it, prefer it to Abetta which I also really liked. No knee pain with these stirrups, but legs will be pinched until you get used to the narrow straps--try breeches. You'll also need a sticky/tacky pad to hold in place (I've not been using breast collar). However, I do prefer a western girth; the 32" buckle girth that came with the saddle may be too big for some horses (it is too big for one of my horses). Still, for the price, this is a great option--I trail ride for hours at a time in hilly terrain, am well satisfied. April 30, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by Good Product I was sold this exact bareback pad and told it was a trail saddle. I was only 13 and just got my first horse so I didn't know any better. This saddle only works if your horse is bombproof! It slides back and forth when you lope and gallop. It velcros together so if your horse isn't good with the sound of LOUD Velcro noise, I would not recommend. I found it to be the equivalent of a poorly made English saddle so if you are looking for a bareback pad this is not it. This saddle fits light arena work only April 18, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Most comfortable saddle ever! Never wrote a review for anything, but this deserves one. It does take a little while to get used to, and if you can't ride exceptionally well on a regular bareback pad, I wouldn't recommend it. That said, if you are an experienced rider of all types, you will probably never want to use another saddle again. I went back once to my very comfortable dressage/trail saddle, and the next day my butt was sore! And I never got sore before, even riding 5 hours at a time! Saddle is so comfortable. Almost unbelievably so. But beware: trotting and cantering on this saddle is for experienced riders only. March 8, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by very nice! I love this saddle. Very well made. Comfortable for me and the horse. The stirrups are secure unlike other bareback pads, and the seat has alot of "stick" to it. It cinched on both my guys nice and tight and didn't roll. I am very happy with this saddle. October 31, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by GREAT SADDLE!!! I have searched high and low for a saddle to fit my Paso Fino and still be comfortable for me. I have gone through numerous saddles! This is a wonderful saddle for both of us. I use it with a thin felt pad. It stays where it is supposed to be on his back and it is extremely comfortable for me. The only thing I would change is the stirrup adjusters. I got bruises on the front of my calves from them. I just bought a pair of the Wintec Webbers. Hopefully that will solve the problem.... GREAT PRODUCT!!! Fits any horse and it is extra comfy for me!!! LOVE IT!!!! October 18, 2012
Rated 4 out of 5 by Success At Last! I have a draft cross that has been a nightmare to find a saddle for. I've tried several barebacks with mild success...either he or I was unhappy or uncomfortable. I settled on the western he came with (full qtr flex tree wide) which fit him ok, but made me sore. Then I saw this and gave it a try. Success At Last! Not only does it fit him like a glove, but it's great for me as well. I also use it with my Foundation Q.H. and mammoth donkey. Money well spent and not much at that! Funny thing is, I think the girth weighs more than the saddle. July 27, 2012
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This treeless saddle had the best reviews for a treeless saddle. I especially liked the option of changing to webber style stirrup leathers with this soft saddle.
Jane P on Sep 29, 2015
How long is this saddle? I lease a Morab with a short, very wide, swayback. Long saddles dig into his loins. The Cashel G2 (stiff foam) was too long.
A shopper on Dec 3, 2014
Best Answer: Medium (equivalent to Western 17")
Large (equivalent to Western 19")
Reply · Report · Kathryn BStaff on Jan 8, 2015
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Regarding Kimberley Soft Saddle, a few reviewers said do not buy unless you are a very experienced rider. Would like to know why this comment was made? I rode in this saddle for an hour today and liked it, but would like to hear back before I purchase. Thank you for any info you can provide.
Lynda L on Apr 21, 2014
Best Answer: There is no tree for support. If you aren't balanced, you could actually damage the horses back if you are sitting crooked or get left behind. With a saddle with a tree, there is more "seat" for a beginner to balance with. Advanced riders know how to balance their body without depending on stirrups, the saddle, or the horse's mouth. This saddle is realistically a bareback pad with shape, it isn't a true treeless saddle. A true treeless has more if a seat and provides more rider support under the skirt. That being said, I love mine for riding my semi-retired senior, but he isn't in full work.
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what size do I need for my polish arabian?
Cheryl R on Sep 29, 2015
Best Answer: Some of the reviews say they needed a saddle pad under this saddle and others did not. Others used it with a dressage girth and some with a western girth. Also some bought webber stirrup leathers for comfort, So some adjustments may need to be made. But again unless your horse is real large or you are a larger person the regular size should fit . If your horse has high withers you may need some sort of pad but the saddle itself is quite flexible. I would consult the manufacturer to get more info.
Reply · Report · Jane P on Sep 29, 2015
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Please define the large vs. small size in thus saddle.
Are they referring to the riders seat or the horses back?
Thank you
Dawn A on Nov 11, 2014
Best Answer: It refers to the rider's seat size. The Medium is equivalent to a Western 17" and the Large is equivalent to a Western 19". The part on the horse's back will be proportionately 1-2" larger for the larger size or else the detachable seat would hang over the back edge.
Reply · Report · Maria PStaff on Nov 12, 2014
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Is there a way to change the girth to a western cinch and change the stirrups to western?
Susan B on Jun 18, 2015
Best Answer: The girth could be changed to a Western cinch with what's known as a girth converter, which unfortunately we do not offer. The stirrup bars are for English stirrup leathers only.
Reply · Report · Maria PStaff on Jun 19, 2015
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I need a picture of the saddle from front and back. Need to know if it will work for my high-withered narrow horse. Also, can you mount from the ground — will the saddle stay put while you mount using the stirrups?
Hanna B on Jun 9, 2015
Best Answer: It'll fit any horse if set up properly. The saddle has no solid bars, so without proper padding the saddle sits directly on top of the withers and spine - not an ideal situation. You can buy saddle pads that offer spinal clearance. I made myself foam panels and attached them to the inside to offer spinal and wither clearance without being stiff and rigid. It's really all about making it work for your horse and doing what you need it to do. After I made a few adjustments to my liking, I absolutely love this saddle. My horse moves so freely in it and I don't have to worry about pressure points or working around a solid, heavy tree.

As far as mounting from the ground is concerned, it takes a little practice, but I do it all the time now. Just look up YouTube videos on how to mount a treeless saddle and get a feel for it. You can't put all your weight into the stirrup and pull yourself up, you have to hoist yourself onto the horse using the stirrup as a aid. Once I got the hang of it, I was surprised at how easy it is for me to dismount and remount. I ride 10 miles across open country alone and get off at every gate. No problems!

All in all, I believe this saddle is a good investment. It will fit any horse's back, but make sure you have something that will lift the saddle off the spine and withers (either a saddle pad designed for treeless saddles, or make some foam panels like I did). I can't seem to find a way to attach a picture, but basically it's just a uniform V shape inside.
Reply · Report · Jessica H on Jun 9, 2015
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Can I return this saddle if it doesn't fit my 12.1 hand short backed pony? Saddles tend to creep up on his shoulders. Does it need a special pad to provide spinal clearance the way most treeless saddles do? What pad is recommended?
A shopper on Jan 22, 2015
Best Answer: This is one of the most form forgiving saddles I have ever seen. There is no need for a special spinal clearance pad - the underside of the saddle is completely even, no indents or channels. I use a regular pad that is medium in thickness. This saddle is going to easily conform to the body of your horse and I believe will leave absolutely no pressure points anywhere. I do not know what store return policy is, you would need to contact customer service directly. The stirrup straps are a little long - had to have a leather hole punch to make them adjust shorter. LOVE this saddle. Hope you do too.
Reply · Report · Linda D on Feb 4, 2015
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How big is a large seat size?
A shopper on Jul 5, 2015
Best Answer: Size:
Medium (equivalent to English 17")
Large (equivalent to English 19")
Reply · Report · Kathryn BStaff on Jul 6, 2015
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