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Virginian Western Barrel Treeless Saddle
Freeform Western Virginian Barrel Treeless Saddle

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The Virginian Western Barrel saddle by Freeform. Our wonderful new creation from Italy! The Virginian is designed with women’s comfort in mind. A large deep cantle to keep you safely tucked in the saddle rather your out all day on the trail, or in the ring. Our new narrow Cleburn seat along with a nice Y bolster will create the perfect twist for your hips. We have placed our fork a bit more forward than the standard Freeform Western Barrel saddle to allow for the perfect leg placement with the adjustable fenders. This allows you to get the absolute best seat possible in a western saddle. Yiiha!

As for fitting your wonderful horse(s), the Freeform Virginian comes standard with the large D cinching to hit the correct girth grove. This saddle comes standard with Cutback and Velcro to accept our panel system if needed for hard to fit horses or heavier riders. Panels not included.

My two cents: I personally am not a western rider, BUT have fallen in LOVE with this saddle. On our trip to Italy in Nov 2015 Susie and I worked with Guendalina and Zeina at the Freeform saddle factory to create a western saddle that you would not feel so barreled on. I have found lots of the ”others” make me feel so rounded in the saddle that I don’t have balance. Hence the needed bolster (removable) for the twist and narrower seat. Look out, you may see me out on the trail in a western saddle now.

The saddle comes as a (SN)Short Back 24" in Length OR a (LW) Standard 26 1/2" in Length

The saddle is stocked with XLG forks, I have found this to work on 95% of the horses.

feel free to email me with your questions. paulitaneff@gmail.com

Remember... we have a demo program :)

A wonderful review of the Virginian Saddle:

Paulita and I have been working on saddle-fitting my horse, Flame, since I got her in November of 2013. She is a QH/App now 9-year old mare that is old school QH — round and stocky and thick. Fitting her has been a nightmare…however, as you will read, the nightmare is over and the dream of seeing my horse and me riding happily in a saddle that feels as if it were custom made for us both has come true!


As Paulita and I will tell you, my FAT - FLAT - SHORT Backed QH/APP Mare (Flame) is one of those extremely hard to fit horses --saddles have nothing to grip onto and hold them in place. And we tried!! I personally tried conventional every tree-d Western and Australian saddles—my preferred choice for the last 20 years—but nothing worked for BOTH my horse and me. A tree-d width, wide enough for her, put me in spread eagle mode and I had no balance front to back or side to side. The VIRGINIAN is the ULTIMATE LAST SADDLE EITHER OF US WILL EVER NEED! You did it, Paulita.

Joyce Harman, a friend and author of the 2 books, The Horse’s Pain Free Back and Saddle Fit Book, (English and Western) was visiting recently and said, “You will not find another saddle anywhere that fits this horse any better than this one.” The Virginian is the ONLY saddle I have ever tried on Flame that simply SAT in place and did NOT rock side-to-side or 'banana’ front-to-back! (I have sheep and in the past, have sold wool to Bill Wood, a well-known saddle fitter, and have personally re-flocked a number of Australian saddles—saddle fitting is NOT new to me; So, it is with some degree of working knowledge that I highly recommend this Western saddle to anyone wanting CLOSE CONTACT and LIGHTNESS. Even with minimal padding and a girth that is longer than typically used with a treeless saddle, THE VIRGINIAN did NOT slip!! (Flame has an exceptionally thick, long muscle that runs down both sides of her spine—providing its own padding and support, but again, has made saddle fitting a nightmare). Furthermore, living in the mountains, I do ride in rather steep terrain and for safety, use both a breast collar and crupper, BUT I have ridden this saddle WITHOUT either here at the farm up and down hills, and it did NOT slip!!!
I sometimes ride two other horses--the neighbor’s Tennessee Walker, ‘Mr. Ed’, who’s now 15-years old and has a typically, well-defined wither and THE VIRGINIAN works well on him using a thicker, cushioned HAF pad insert…and my friend’s Appaloosa, ‘Arrow’, who’s now 13-years old and has a build and wither definition that falls halfway between Flame’s and Mr. Ed’s and THE VIRGINIAN works equally well on him with the same thicker HAF pad insert used on Mr. Ed! Flame requires a lighter non slip pad for support and heat distribution—at Paulita’s recommendation a BARREL HAF PAD
Thanks to FREEFORM for listening to all us trail riding folks (women especially) who need Security. Lightness. Narrowness at the Twist. More Forward ADJUSTABLE Stirrups. A Horn and Pommel that's OUT OF THE WAY and not in danger of impaling you should you go forward. Close Contact like that feeling of being BAREBACK! Rigging that doesn't interfere with either you or your horse and being rigged to carry weight front to back so the saddle stays in place and doesn’t ‘pop-up’ at the cantel once the girth is cinched.

That the stirrups’ position-forward or back a tad…the size of fork itself...and seat (bolster and cantle) can be adjusted is ICING ON THE CAKE!

Five good rides and already I'm realizing I'm NOT thinking about the saddle. When a saddle works well, you know because you're not focused on it, but on the Beauty of the Ride, the Connection with your Horse! And the best part of all, I feel like I’m RIDING BAREBACK!!

short back = SN and will fit riders up to western seat size 15
standard = LW and will fit riders up to western seat size 17

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