Kimberley Ultralight Treeless Saddle

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Product Summary:

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

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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: I don't know the actual measurement but it was too long for my 14.2 hand Arab.
Reply · Report · kathryn k on Jul 5, 2016
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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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Can you jump in this saddle?
A shopper on Dec 16, 2015
Best Answer: I don't professionally jump so can't answer on that level, however, can jump logs and ditches while trail riding with no problem.
Reply · Report · Terri H on Dec 16, 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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do they have panels underneath?
A shopper on Jul 5, 2016
Best Answer: No the bottom is like a bareback pad - so you probably want to use a saddle pad that would have a wide cantle end or maybe a rectangular shape. Also you need to use a dressage type or similar type girth as the girthing straps come right off the bottom edge of the saddle leg flap.
Reply · Report · Jane P on Jul 5, 2016
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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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At the top of the page for the Kimberly Ultralight Treeless Saddle, item # E005593, it reads 25% off. Does the 25% pertain to this item?

Deborah B.
A shopper on Jan 24, 2016
Best Answer: Unfortunately additional discount is restricted by the Manufacturer. Some items everyday price is so low we can't discount or we have marked down the item to a final sale price. These select items will not be included in your order total when determining if your order qualifies for a promotional event.
Reply · Report · Maria PStaff on Jan 25, 2016
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Do you need a pad underneath this saddle or not?
A shopper on Sep 7, 2016
Best Answer: Yes- a pad is a good idea as the rolled edge of this saddle is stiff and parts of it will be in contact with your horse's backbone and withers. I just ordered a Toklat woolback Tucker Equitation pad as the cantle(rear) of this saddle is at least 15 inches so you need a wider pad than what fits English or Dressage saddles. The Toklat pad has a girth keeper and I may need to have a nylon strap with velcro sewn onto the pommel side of the pad, to slip through the martingale/breast strap rings on the saddle (if the pad slips under the saddle).This pad is sold at The Riding Warehouse. It is found on their site under Endurance- tack- saddle pads.
Reply · Report · Jane P on Sep 7, 2016
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How do I get new stirrup leathers for this if I need them?
Gabriela M on Aug 8, 2016
Best Answer: They do come with some but I ordered some Ovation leather webbers (the leathers w/out a buckle under your thigh) and they work just fine.. I do not know if the saddle company will sell the same leathers it comes with separately or is the Down Under Saddle Supply Co. You could get on their site or call them.
Reply (1) · Report · Jane P on Aug 8, 2016
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Does this saddle use a regular standard girth? Or is the girth nylon. Nylon seems to slip commonly. I am looking for a bareback riding pad with stirrups, that WILL NOT SLIP. This seems to be one of the choices, but I do NOT like the nylon girths that are a part of most of the bareback riding pads. So, is this a regular saddle, with the two girth straps on each side and uses a regular English girth? What material are the saddle/girth straps?
A shopper on Apr 15, 2016
Best Answer: Hello,
This saddle came with a dressage type girth. the girth was small, About 22-24 inches., It had double elastic straps on one end only. This girth looks similar to the Neoprene Wintec girths but has a smoother rubber like material. I read another review that said to use a dressage girth with 2 buckles on each side. The girth billets are attached to the bottom center of the saddle flap. they are 2 sturdy straps on each side (you can see them hanging down behind the stirrup on the catalog photo) that are a synthetic version of leather
Reply · Report · Jane P on Apr 16, 2016
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Is the seat sizing english or western?
A shopper on Mar 10, 2016
Best Answer: The seat is measured like an english saddle
Reply · Report · Heather M on Mar 10, 2016
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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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Can you return saddles to state line ?
A shopper on Feb 27, 2016
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How deep is the seat on this saddle? Is it comparable to an English medium deep or deep seat?
Chelsea A on Jan 31, 2016
Best Answer: This saddle has a 3" seat depth, which is comparable to many English saddles.
Reply · Report · Maria PStaff on Feb 1, 2016
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