Virginian Western Barrel Treeless Saddle
Known as the western treeless saddle with a twist, the Virginian Western Barrel offers you the absolute best seat possible in a western treeless saddle!
Designed with Women's Comfort in Mind
The Virginian is designed with women’s comfort in mind:
- Large deep cantle - Keeps you safely tucked in the saddle, whether you're out all day on the trail, or in the ring.
- New, narrow Cleburn seat along with a nice Y bolster - Creates the
perfect twist for your hips.
- More forward fork - 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
This allows you to get the
absolute best seat possible in a western saddle.
Fitting Your Horse(s)
As for fitting your wonderful horse(s), the Freeform Virginian comes standard with:
- Large D cinching to hit the correct girth grove.
- Cutback and Velcro to accept our panel system, if needed for hard-to-fit horses or heavier riders. (Panels not included.)
Note from Paulita
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 is stocked with X-Large forks (QH bars), I have found this to work on 95% of the horses.
Remember... we have a risk-free demo program :)
A Wonderful Review of the Virginian Treeless Barrel Saddle
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!
VIRGINIAN—THE ULTIMATE--LAST SADDLE EITHER YOU OR YOUR HORSE(S) WILL
EVER NEED!! You aced it--the VIRGINIAN SADDLE is unmistakably the
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 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.
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
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
. 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!!!
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.
to FREEFORM for listening
to all us trail riding folks (women
especially) who need:
- Narrowness at the Twist.
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.
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
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!!
- Hope Y.
Saddle Base Sizing
Short Back (SN = Short & Narrow) 24" in Base - Fits riders up to 145 lbs, western seat size 15
- Standard (LW = Long & Wide) - 26 1/2" in Base - Fits riders up to 220 lbs, western seat size 17