Time for EZ-Fit impression pad test results!
- EZ-Fit size small with adjustable panels
- rider is myself (approximately 5'2 and 140 lbs). Horse is Uno.
- walk, trot, canter
- EDIX merino western pad
- felt inlays and felt shims to balance the saddle
- Top of the picture is front of the saddle, left panel is left side of saddle, right panel is right side of saddle.
The second picture shows the impression pad when we rode with it between the saddle and the saddle pad. This is the best way I can measure the weight distribution capabilities of the saddle itself. This shows decent weight distribution but a disproportionate amount of weight along the edges of the panels. This has been pretty common with saddles with panels, especially movable panels. I don't yet have a fully formed opinion on what causes it.
The third picture is the impression pad after a ride with it between the horse and the saddle pad, which gives us an idea of how the saddle and saddle pad are working together. This is with felt inlays and shimming for saddle balance. This shows excellent and even weight distribution. Honestly, I was a bit surprised. The pommel has seemed to sit oddly on every horse I put it on, but it consistently tested well on a wide range of conformation types.
The biggest challenge I found with this saddle is the weight bearing length. Looking at the panels, I could possibly cut them down a little bit, but not much as I am of the opinion that the full primary weight bearing length of a saddle (front of pommel to back of cantle) should sit fully on the panels. I believe this significantly limits the horses that it can fit. However it is clearly a good choice of treeless saddle for horses with weight bearing lengths that are long enough.
I am using Cassy Saddle Impression Pads.