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Freeform Ultimate Trail Treeless Saddle

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Our most popular saddle! Wonderful gel seat fits a woman's pelvic bones. Puts you in a balanced position - and keeps you in the saddle for many hours of riding. You'll love the comfort and security of it.
Our Price: $2,415.00

Product Code: FF-ULTIMATE

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Freeform Ultimate Trail Treeless Saddle - Endurance, Trail or Dressage

The Freeform Ultimate Trail is our best selling saddle - Best Selling Treeless Trail Saddle - The Ultimate Trail by Freeformits incredible comfort and security make it a favorite seat for trail, distance riding, and endurance!

We even have high level Dressage riders using this saddle - riders and trainers report that they find this saddle extremely balanced.

Wonderful Gel Seat that Fits a Woman's Pelvic Bones

After many years of riding, I wanted to design a comfy saddle for my older body. I worked for a few years on prototypes of different seat styles. Finally, I’ve come up with what I think is the perfect seat! A wonderful gel seat that fits a woman’s pelvic bones. It’s wide in the seat, narrow in the twist and high in the cantle with soft gel poleys. This seat will keep you in the saddle for many hours of riding. I’m in love with the comfort and security of it.

You can also purchase the seat separately. (Note this seat runs small; plan to size up one. See more information in the Sizing sections.)

Enjoy the Trail with Comfort & Balance

Your leg will drape lightly against the side of your horse. You will feel extremely balanced and comfortable in this beautiful Italian made saddle specifically created by Paulita for distance riding.

With only the lightest of leg and seat aids, you can achieve the communication that we all strive towards. This saddle puts you, the rider, in a balanced position that combines comfort with superb craftsmanship.

It is fully adjustable to fit most horses and riders. Try one out... you will love it and your horse will love it.


  • The most comfortable seat on the market
  • Includes choice of either 2” wave leathers or western fenders
  • Interchange billet system to achieve the correct girth placement
  • The best quality Italian leather and craftsmanship

Note from Paulita:

I designed the Ultimate Trail Saddle in 2015. It quickly became our most popular saddle. Loved by thousands. It personally has changed how long I’m able to ride and my comfort level. Long walks no longer hurt my lower back in this incredible seat. No matter if I’m posting all afternoon or gaiting down the trail, it is comfortable. It will fit you like a glove. The Wave leathers help my knees by not twisting them in a place of pain. Honestly, I think we are riding all day in a LazyBoy recliner.

Ultimate Trail Treeless Saddle Video Overview

Saddle Base Sizes

  • Standard 22” Base - Fits all seat sizes
  • Shortback 20” Base - Fits seats up 18"
  • EXTRA Shortback 18” Base - Fits up to a 17” seat

The Ultimate Trail seat does NOT run in a normal sizing - sizing is based on rider height and weight. If you are in a 17, you will need to bump up to a 18. For instance, I’m 5’6” and 145 (most of the time) I ride comfortable in a 18 Ultimate trail seat. Usually I would be in a 17 or 17.5”. Please see the Sizing / Measurements tab for more information on measuring for your seat size.

Average Customer Review: Average Customer Review: 5 of 5 5 of 5 Total Reviews: 6 Write a review.

  1 of 1 people found the following review helpful:
5 of 5 My Porsche April 24, 2020
Reviewer: Gerry Cummings from IL  
I am fortunate to own two of Paulita’s saddles:  The Freeform Scout and the Classic Trail.  I like to refer to them as my corvette (scout) and porsche (trail).  Either saddle fits both of my horses.  I choose which saddle to use based on the type riding I will be doing.  If I plan to be in the saddle all day, then I may choose the corvette (scout) with lots of cushion, multiple rings and tie downs, and aesthetically pleasing.  If I plan to ride faster and agile I choose the porsche (trail) with its close contact, cross-fired girthing, and narrower spread.

Somehow these Freeform saddles make me feel more like an athlete and less like a 62year old retiree.  They are well designed and very light weight.  Made in Italy, they give the rider a European flair.

Gerry Cummings
Two time AERC national 100-mile champ

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5 of 5 It FITS HORSES & Helps Sore Backs April 1, 2020
Reviewer: Jaime W. from NC  
We’ve had several Freeforms in our family, but it is easy to see why the Ultimate Trail is such a top-seller.  It FITS HORSES. My family rides endurance, and we have done things like bring 4 horses to ride 50 miles at a weekend ride!  We do both start in different Freeforms (the DKR for me and the Classic Scout for my husband) but we ALWAYS put the Ultimate Trail in the trailer. These saddles are so well-designed, that we’ve never needed to “switch out saddles” even for back-to-back rides, but I have felt that if even one of ever got into a comfort problem with our saddles, we would be able to find something that worked for us with the Ultimate Trail.  You really have a nice comfy seat that you can put your leg where you’d like to make your knees and hips feel good! And for the horse, it’s just so easy to fit.  I can think of 5 specific times, that we’ve been riding with people or talking with friends in the hold, who were about to have to stop their ride (get “pulled”) bc their horse’s back was sore-and we offered them the Ultimate Trail to try. Every time the horse was able to finish, moving freely and comfortably, and the riders usually gave the saddle high marks (and sometimes bought one!) as well.
We know people are sometimes drawn to this saddle because it is less expensive than some other Freeforms, because it is a minimal saddle. You still want Paulita to help you; for big distance we like panels for one horse, and have two different custom Skito pads for other horses (but this saddle does work WELL for all SIX of our horses!). You’ll likely want a size up in the seat. I ride in a size 17-17.5 English saddle but have an 18” Ultimate Trail. I think it’s so nice to just feel so connected with my horse in this saddle, not only though the treeless seat, but through my whole leg-you’ll feel their breathing and I can even feel some of my horse’s hearts beat in this saddle! However, it is a minimal design, so I like it best for my veteran horses or my bolder young friends.

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5 of 5 Best saddle ever December 30, 2019
Reviewer: Becky adams from Texas  
I never dreamed 5 yrs ago my dream horse would turn into a saddle nightmare.I have tried everything from western, to treeless to fancy bareback pads. She has a lot of confirmation faults that made fitting her very challenging. I was on a web site reading comments when  somebody brought up treeless saddles. somebody mentioned that freeform had great quality, and there saddles were very  comfortable  and had great craft. I looked them up and thought what do I have to loose they have a demo problem. I wasn't ready to give up trying to find something for her, so I contracted Paulita and sent her pictures. she said that she would be up to the  challenge if I was and we got started.
One thing that caught my attention was the narrow twist in the seat. That has been wonderful. I have sat in a lot of saddle and never one as comfortable as the ultimate trail saddle. I can ride for hours and never have any hip pain. It has been a blessing. Maybel is doing a lot better and I think once she doesn't have in the back of her mind that riding causes pain we will have it made. each ride gets better and better. I am forever grateful to Paulita for being there for me and maybel. I'm not sure where we would be without all her help. I am looking forward to many happy trails. This has been an answer to my prayers.

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5 of 5 Most comfortable saddle for horse and rider! July 23, 2019
Reviewer: Liz Grimshaw from Evergreen, CO  
I LOVE my freeform ultimate trail saddle and so does my horse. My little Arabian mare used to buck at every canter cue and try to bite, she has extremely sensitive and thin skin and she forms white patches if you look at her funny (she formed a white patch after a bite from another horse). This is our second endurance season in the FreeForm and she loves it, she has a beautiful canter now with no bucking or biting, her white patches have disappeared and we just did our first 100 together with perfect scores on her back and zero rubbing issues!! We did have a little bit of a learning curve figuring out the correct pad, but now Cricket will not tolerate being ridden in any other saddle. It is also by far the most comfortable saddle I have ever ridden in, I spent 19 hours and 100 miles in it and was barely sore the next day!

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5 of 5 Best comfort & contact I've ever experienced March 22, 2019
Reviewer: Sarah Langham from Newport, NC  
When I hosted a hoof clinic in 2017 and invited Paulita to join in, she brought her beautiful display of Freeform saddles, and I ended up sitting in her Ultimate trail saddle.

It was amazing , the comfort and close contact I had with my horse was the best I'd ever experienced.  The ultimate is flapless and my horse was so alert and responsive to my aides-  I loved it!!   I now own 2 Freeforms.  I still ride my hi-withered mare in the Freeform Elite Dressage saddle,  but my shorter backs and lower withers I usually ride in the Freeform Ultimate Trail saddle now.  My Vet is also impressed with her Freeform. Her saddlebred is a much different horse since she has been riding in a Freeform - His back has changed shape and he has muscled up where he was lacking before.  I highly recommend these saddles, and I think my horses do too!🐴

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