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Just-B-Natural Tree Free Calgary Barrel Saddle
Designed for the barrel racer who desires the ultimate close contact feel of their horse, or the horse who is hard to fit with traditional saddles, the Just B Natural saddle is tree free for the most natural ride. With a wood swell and cantle, but no bars, the tree free saddle looks traditional but allows the horse complete freedom of movement to turn the barrels without interference from the saddle. Wool felt skirts with neoprene filler conform to the horse's unique shape and aid in shock absorption and weight distribution. The tree free design and cut out skirt shape allows the rider to be in close contact and total harmony with the horse for an extremely comfortable ride.
The Circle Y 70 Felt Saddle pad
is sold separately, but recommended for use with this saddle. The 70 pad has a flex plate insert to help distribute weight and a gel bar pad to absorb shock. The perfect complement to a treeless saddle.
- Cutback Skirt in wither area for superior comfort
- Wool felt skirt with neoprene filler conforms to your horse's unique shape, absorbs shock, and helps distribute the rider's weight
- Cutout skirt for close contact and precise cueing
- Roughout seat jockeys and fenders, suede seat, and aluminum rubber grip stirrups help keep you secure and in the correct position
- Forward hung fenders help keep your legs from getting behind you
*Should you need to return your saddle, we ask that you return all free items as well. If free items are not returned, the retail value of that item will be withheld from the refund. Thanks!
- Seat Size: 13.5", 14.5", 15.5", 16.5"
- Saddle Fit: Medium or Wide
- Color: Regular oil, Ultra Lite
- Cantle: 5"
- Horn: 1 3/4" cap, 2 1/2" neck
- Swell: 14"
- Tooling: Floral with Border
- Silver: Beaded Edge with Crystals
- Rigging: 7/8 Flat Plate C Rig
- Skirt Size: 11" x 25"
- Weight: Approximately 25 lbs.
Frequently Asked Questions
What do you mean by “tree free”?
Traditional saddles are built on a tree-the skeleton of the saddle. They consist of a swell and cantle, connected by a pair of bars. The bars make contact along the sides of the horse’s back, distributing the rider’s weight. Just-B-Natural™ Tree Free™ saddles have a swell and cantle, but no bars.
What are the benefits of the Tree Free™ saddle to the horse?
Because most bars are rigid, they may hinder the horse’s ability to bend and flex comfortably. And, if the tree does not fit properly, the horse may develop soreness, white spots, poor performance and a bad attitude. Because the Tree Free™ saddle has no bars, saddle fit is not an issue. The materials utilized in the design of the skirt help distribute the rider’s weight, and the skirt is flexible enough to conform to your horse’s shape, allowing him to move freely.
What are the benefits of the Tree Free™ saddle to the rider?
The Tree Free saddle allows the rider close contact and to really feel the horse. Because the bulk of the saddle tree has been eliminated between horse and rider, the horse can be more responsive to seat and leg cues. The Tree Free saddle still has a swell, cantle, and seat assembly, so the rider has the security of a traditional saddle, with even greater comfort.
What are Softee® seat jockeys and fenders?
It’s a 2-ply leather that has a nice, broke in feeling, right out of the box. By using Softee® leather on the fenders, we eliminate the break-in time of traditional stiff leather fenders (no broomstick needed), making this saddle a lot easier on the knees and ankles.
What’s a 3-way rigging and how do I use it?
The 3-way adjustable rigging lets you change the position of the rigging to a full (front dee), ľ (rear dee) or 7/8 (using both dees) by changing the use of your tie strap. This means you can find the rigging position that works best for your horse and style of riding.
How do I know if my horse needs a medium or a wide saddle fit and why is it important if the saddle doesn't have a tree?
The saddle is offered in two fits based on the gullet width of the swell. The medium fit is for the average, defined wither. The Wide fit is suitable for a horse with a more rounded, wide, or "mutton wither".
Who makes the Just-B-Natural ™Tree Free™ saddle?
JBN™ saddles are proudly made in Yoakum, Texas U.S.A. by the craftsmen of Circle Y Saddles, Inc. Circle Y has been manufacturing quality saddles and tack since 1960.
What kind of warranty does the JBN™ saddle have?
JBN™ saddles carry a one year warranty on materials and workmanship to the original purchaser.