A. The Sensation Ride treeless saddles started out as a bareback
pad with support and has developed from there. The name
caught on for a short time, but the trend has changed
since Nickers Saddlery went into full production. And
now they are called treeless saddles.
A. We have 5 models ranging from 935.00 to 1295.00.
Prices are Canadian based, and you need to view this
page for an explanation. Custom models are slightly
more depending on the features selected.
A. We are producing standard English Trail and Dressage
style Sensation Ride saddles and plan to offer
other styles in the future.
A. Yes. Standard nylon trail bags mate well.
A. The Sensation Ride has a standard adult size
- the equivalent of a 15" western seat and a 17
to 17 1/2" seat. The use of seat bolsters which
fit inside the saddle at the pommel and or cantle bolsters
(see Features and Functions at the top of the web page)
can create a smaller fit.
A. There is a very short break-in period for the Sensation
Ride saddles which allows the inner materials
to conform to you and your horse.
A. Although we advise riders to mount from blocks and
from both sides for the benefit of the horse's spine,
the Sensation Ride can be mounted from the ground
once it is "broke-in" This is a very individual
thing. If you have problems mounting in a treed saddle
you will probably have problems mounting from the ground
onto the saddle.
Most people find the
saddle does not slip when mounting IF the
saddle is properly tightened. However, your
personal mounting technique and the shape
of your horse can make a difference in whether
or not the saddle slips when mounting.
Mount by facing squarely
to your horse's side. With one hand on the
mane of the horse, mount up. As you do be
sure to arch over the horse's back rather
than going straight up like a pogo stick.
As you rise over the saddle, grab the cantle,
putting counter pressure on the cantle to
further stabilize it. This is also more comfortable
for your horse.
For safety, we recommend
using an English breastplate with a wither
strap. If for instance, your horse should
stop and spin suddenly, the saddle could
slip, if not tightened correctly, but the
wither strap will keep the saddle from going
completely off the side of the horse. The
wither strap provides a catch point.
A. Riders are using their Sensation Ride for trail,
pleasure, endurance, dressage, hippo-therapy, on gaited
horses, draft horses, mules & children's ponies.
A. The Sensation Ride is not meant to be placed
directly on the back of the horse. A good quality saddle
pad should be used under the saddle to protect your
pad from sweat and grime.
A. Yes. It conforms nicely to many shapes and sizes.
It will fit the broadest of any horse but it is not
designed for high withered horses. It is a good fit
for horses with medium to low withers. See this
page for examples of riders and horses using the
A. The "butterfly" aka weight distribution
insert, as well as the large area which the rigging
is distributed both aid in keeping the saddle stable.
There are no hard inserts which can limit the pad's
A. We recommend breastplates on saddles as
a general rule - for safety, but whether
or not a crupper will be required will largely
depend on your riding style, your horse's
build and the terrain you ride on.
A. If your horse has had restriction from
treed saddles in the past, your horse may
show some extra energy. You may notice some
muscle soreness for the first few rides until
your body adjusts to the change in your center
of balance and different seat feeling.
A. The "footprint" or of the saddle
is about 19". This should accomodate
very short backed horses.
A treeless saddle tends to require a
horse and rider to use muscles that they do not fully
use while in a treed saddle. This is one reason you
will often see horses ridden in a treeless saddle with
large withers and bulky muscles behind their scapulas.
Transitioning over to full-time riding in a treeless
should be gradual if a rider expects to ride a lot.
A. Yes, Marcia is one. If you call, Gerri will give
you Marcia email address or phone number. BTW her husband
is a Veterinarian. There are many other satisfied customers
too. You can view the
Customer Response page and/or you can call Gerri
and possibly locate an owner in your area you can meet
and ride with.
The Sensation will
feel more like a treed English where leg contact is
concerned. In the SS you can feel the horses back muscles
move under you but in the Sensation you cannot. The
SR saddle has a built in gullet which adds more thickness
under your seat unlike the SS.
The weight of the SR saddle is about 6 lbs and the lightest
adult SS Endurance model is about 12 lbs. The western
SS models are from 15 to 22 lbs depending on the model.
The length of the Sensation is about 19" whereas
the SS, starting with a 15" seat, will start at
about 25" in length. The Skito pad can be made
for both models. It is a great pad.
I have demos for both saddles so if you want to try
one just give me a call or email with your request and
include your address and phone number.
A. When properly fitted and mated to the
correct pad you will find a surprising amount
of spinal clearance on your horses' back.
Wither clearance is present but minimal on
some horses. However, this is not so much
of an issue as it would be with a treed saddle
because it contains only soft materials next
to the horse.
A. We have carefully chosen materials for breath-abilty,
shock absorption and durability. The Sensation Ride
has been designed with the sandwich concept in mind.
One side which is ideal for the horses' comfort, one
side ideal to the rider and a buffer zone in the middle.
We are believers in natural / breathable materials wherever
A. A surprising number of components are
adjustable and/or replaceable:
the stirrups may be adjusted fore
the seat can be bolstered in the front,
rear or center,
the weight distribution piece may
be moved to accommodate your horses' back
the cantle may be reduced, and
the knee blocks may be moved or removed.