Monday, June 29, 2020

Ansur Carlton 2010 Treeless Dressage Saddle a Review


I bought my first Ansur Classic treeless saddle a couple of years ago and loved it from the get go.  See my original post with details HERE.  I knew when I bought it though, that it was a size too big, so I have kept an eye out for the correct size at a good price.  Finally a really nice saddle came up on the Friends of Ansur Facebook page, it was at a decent price point used, it was an upgrade from a plain Ansur Classic, so I took the plunge.


The Carlton is a treeless with the FlexCore technology just like the Classic but it has a built in gullet with a twist that can be converted back to a no gullet Classic with the addition of a filler pillow.  I’ve heard it described as closer to a traditional dressage saddle but still with the feel and closeness to the horse’s back of a Classic.  And if you or your horse don’t like the gullet you can always add in the pillow.


So far, I love this saddle.  First of all, it is the right size, so it positions me a bit better and it is much easier to keep my alignment.  Second,  the feeling of a twist seems to make it easier for me to be more precise with my seat and changes my leg position just a smidge on Jet who is borderline too small for me.  Third, my posting mechanic is different and, I think, more effective.  Jet seems to like the saddle as well, with it seeming to have all the comforts of a treeless saddle for him, with a touch more support for me.  Time will tell of course, but so far I am very impressed with Ansur Saddlery yet again.







4 comments:

  1. So how many saddles is that now? 😉

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    1. Only 2. Only 2, and hope to sell the Ansur Classic when I'm 100% sure on the Carlton. Hopefully...

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  2. That is the one thing I haven't tried with Miss Mazy- yet. Several saddles down and I'm done. I have currently switched over to driving until my pony quits growing. When I do get back on her I will be looking into these if not before

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    1. A lot of people don't like the treeless because it is closer to bareback, but depending on the model it can be less or more support for the rider. Obviously, I am a big fan of the treeless.

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