When I was about six, my grandfather read Hamlet to me as a bedtime story. It might have been a strange choice, but the story really caught my attention, especially the stage direct, “Enter Ghost.”
Fast forward to this week. As I wrote yesterday, Zelda has gotten a bit zaftig over the winter and her saddle doesn’t fit. Until I can get a larger gullet for my Wintec, and a larger girth, I decided to go with my treeless option.
This was the saddle I was riding in when Zelda fell. It had nothing to do the accident, but I’ve avoided it since. Last year I almost sold it. Glad I didn’t as it came in useful.
As you can see, the Ghost Quevis is a minimalistic saddle. There’s really not much too it. Most of what makes it interesting is what you can’t see. Ghost saddles are built with a gullet so the saddle doesn’t press against your horse’s spine. The panels provide the weight distributing properties.
I’ve had other treeless saddles but none of them had a built in gullet. Unless you are a very lightweight rider, a special pad is an essential piece of equipment because they create the gullet. Even with this saddle I chose to buy Ghost saddle pad which gives additional protection.
When I bought the saddle I was looking for a something with a bit more security than a bareback pad, but with a very close contact feel. I find the Ghost to be pretty secure (certainly my treed saddle has been slipping). There are stirrup attachments for it; I ride very long and use the stirrups for posting, not for balance. Note: Since the Ghost has a ring attachment for the leathers, it’s very important to use safety stirrups.
One of the things that Zelda really likes about the saddle is that it’s very light. Sometimes she gets crabby when I put her regular saddle on, but she never minds this one.
I first wrote about treeless saddles in 2008. To read more about the other saddles I’ve owned and tried take a look at this post: Are Treeless Saddles for You?
Have you tried treeless? What did you think?