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  • FreeMax "Royal" model in durable & thick quality cow leather with floral design tooling and decorated with white stitching.
  • FreeMax Royal model in Dark Brown with brown Western Roundskirt Pad (luscious Merino underside with all shimming options)
  • FreeMax Royal model in Dark Brown with red Western Anatomical Pad (luscious Merino underside with all shimming options)
  • FreeMax Royal model in Dark Brown with Purple Western Anatomical Pad (luscious Merino underside with all shimming options)
  • FreeMax Royal model in Cognac
  • Comparison of leather tooling for the two Royal models (Royal II in the back). Both are Argentinian cow leather (Legends are Buffalo leather).
  • FreeMax Royal model in dark brown with Black Western Roundskirt pad
  • FreeMax Royal model Front tooling
  • FreeMax Royal model Rear tooling
  • FreeMax Royal model Rear skirting
  • FreeMax "Legend II" model seen here with the "Western Anatomical" Saddle Pad (size L for our 16 HH gelding but size M is typically ideal). The perfect match for a beautifully compact combo of saddle & pad with the added bonus of the luxurious breathability, heat regulation, moisture-wicking, and bacteria resistancy of sheepskin underside. Not to mention critical spinal clearance for your horse's ultimate comfort and target shimming capability.
  • Unique to FreeMax Treeless Western saddles is the ability to change out pommels with varying angled bases ("forks"), attached with four heavy duty screws accessible from the underside of the saddle. Covered in matching cow leather to the Royal saddles, two color choices. Download a printable template on this page to determine the best fork size for your horse.
  • More leverage! Optional "rubber wedges" offer the option to size down to a smaller fork size if need-be (or remove if one needs to size up). These securely attach inside the saddle via velcro to the pommel base between the pommel and the leather base of the saddle. Brilliant!
  • Synthetic fleece underside with supportive panels on either side of spinal area (gap the width of approx. 3-4 fingers). For added assurance, using a Western Anatomical or Western Roundskirt Pad with 6 pockets for target shimming/spinal protection is ideal to further protect the sensitive spinous processes and address any conformational needs your horse may have to get them back into balance.
  • Wonderfully adaptable to the unique shape of your horse even as it's body condition changes with exercise--no need to keep changing saddles! With no rigid bars extending down along the horse's shoulders to interfere with scapula movement as with a traditional treed saddle, these unique treeless saddles are adaptable to a wide variety of body shapes and conformations.

FreeMax "Royal" Shortback Treeless Saddle


Product Description

Revolutionary: a treeless saddle that FINALLY looks and feels authentically like a Western saddle!

Almost identical in basic design and function of the ever-popular & affordable Denver Colorado Springs treeless saddles offered here for years, it is now my great pleasure & honour to announce that the FREEMAX saddle line sourced from Italy are now offered in the North American market exclusively via Equinnovations! We've been personally riding in two FreeMax saddles in addition to our Colorado Springs saddles for over 9 years, so can vouch 100% for their longevity, versatility, stability, and high quality in workmanship!

FREEMAX treeless saddles look firm but still ensure efficient shock absorption and the weight of the rider is very well distributed. With their unique pommel arch and cantle plate coupled with the absence of restrictive bars, they use advanced treeless technology to allow the horse uninterrupted movement along it's whole back unlike any other treed saddle. Totally flexible, they adapt to your horse's body type in a natural way which eliminates the pain & trauma of saddle bridging. This allows your horse to relax and not brace against pain/discomfort, for you to better feel your horse beneath you, and for your horse to be more aware of your subtle seat cues. The absence of "bars" that can restrict scapula free motion coupled with the flexibility and lightness of the saddle minimizes interference on your horse's strides and frees up their shoulders, therefore giving total freedom of movement without the hindrance of a rigid (& thus unforgiving) tree.

Riding with a treeless FREEMAX saddle gives the rider amazing close contact feel, a sensation that is unequalled with a traditional treed saddle.

   >>> NOTE: Click HERE for a printable template to determine the best pommel (fork) size for your horse! <<<   

Features of the "Royal" FreeMax saddle:

  • 24" length front to back, very suitable to short-backed horses
  • Interchangeable pommels to accommodate more extreme body types
  • Beautiful flower design tooling & decorated with white stitching and available in both dark brown and cognac
  • Thick & durable COW leather & slip-resistant leather seat ("tougher" & firmer leather than the buffalo leather versions)
  • Deep & secure 4"+ Cheyenne Roll cantle 
  • Adjustable fenders with Blevins Buckles and are removable via unique T-hardware on a heavy duty reinforced leather/nylon tab
  • Ample wither clearance with wide opening to accommodate even moderately high withered horses
  • No "bars" to restrict free-motion of scapula
  • High density polyurethane foam & leather-layered & padded seat affords a natural "twist" akin to a traditional saddle
  • Synthetic wool-lined underside with 3" spinal channel
  • Leather-wrapped resin interior stirrups
  • Stainless steel hardware with rear drop D ring and nickel-plated brass rosettes
  • Delivered with leather latigo and front off-billet, but no cinch (100% mohair roper-style cinches highly recommended!)
  • Only 22 lbs, so very manageable to hoist up on even tall horses!


NOTE: These amazing saddles will accommodate virtually ALL sizes and shapes of horses! For atrophied/uneven-shouldered or sway-backed horses, proper shimming must be employed to bridge the gap/balance the saddle adequately while the horse rebuilds muscle. The Western Anatomical Pad or Western Rounded Pad with shim pockets are highly recommended for not only target-shimming, but adequate spinal clearance as well (in all circumstances) which traditional wool or felt etc. pads cannot offer. (3-Mesh target shims are highly recommended for cases that need extra fortification) 

AND--BONUS!... for all those who have tried other treeless saddles on the market and have been frustrated with them rolling or sliding even when cinched snugly and mounting clean, you CAN mount from the ground with the FREEMAX treeless saddles! With their fixed pommel arch and firmer construction than most other treeless saddles on the market, these amazing saddles lock down on your horse's back just like a treed saddle. Of course the use of a mounting block is recommended when possible as this is always easier on your horse's withers, but you won't be stranded when you have to get off out on the trail!

dividerlinetrans.png Sourced from Italy, these saddles come with the following options...
Colors: Cognac & Dark Brown
Seat sizes: 15", 16", 17")
Pommel base (fork) sizes: 3, 4, 5, 6 (4 being the closest match to full quarter horse bars)  >>>NOTE: fork 7 can be special-ordered in
(With option to purchase Pommel-base "wedge" to size down one fork size)

  >>> NOTE: Click HERE for a printable template to determine the best pommel (fork) size for your horse! <<<  

Product Reviews

  1. Really helped my hard to fit mare

    Posted by Laura on 2024 Mar 15th

    I have a lovely sweet mare that was getting so miserable in her work I had to make a change or it would ruin her. My sweet girl had taken to snapping during cinching. She has big shoulders and a forward girth groove and absolutely nothing would fit her properly. I happened across an ad for this Freemax saddle and I decided to have an open mind and try a treeless out of desperation for my mare. I liked that it looked like a normal western saddle. I instantly felt the freeness in her back, and within a week she stopped trying to bite when cinching. I even stopped getting the "tight back" comments on my Western Dressage tests, and my scores drastically improved. I also ride my young gelding in it and it feels just as secure as any treed saddle. The seat is tacky leather and has good grip. Of course anytime you switch saddles it will feel different than your old one, so give it some time to adjust. I ride a lot and my horse has never gotten a sore back. People can say whatever they want about treeless, the only opinion I care about is my horses, and they are obviously happier!

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