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    03-12-2013, 01:33 AM
  #11
Green Broke
Hah thank you I love it also unfortunately I am having to sell it as its too big for me now. Apparently I was a heavier about 5yrs ago lol. Most comfortable saddle I have ever been in though. It is still a western saddle just a different style there are barrel racing, reining, roping, trail, show just like other disciplines the saddle varies to what you want to do. Barrel racing saddles are built to hold you in.
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    03-12-2013, 01:35 AM
  #12
Foal
That is to bad.
     
    03-12-2013, 01:37 AM
  #13
Green Broke
Yeah I answered your other question to by the way sorry was adding it lol.
     
    03-12-2013, 01:42 AM
  #14
Foal
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Originally Posted by BarrelracingArabian    
Yeah I answered your other question to by the way sorry was adding it lol.
That is ok. Thank you for all your help.
     
    03-12-2013, 09:33 AM
  #15
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by PalominoBuck    
I would like to learn to barrel race with my new QH, but someone told me that if you barrel race a horse that they will only want to run, then you can't trail ride or just pleasure ride. Is this true?
It is absolutely not true.

The primary way to keep a barrel horse conditioned and legged up IS by doing lots of trail riding. With my barrel horses, I typically ride between 3 and 7 miles every single day (distance depends on the horse), along with spending some time doing circles, serpentines, spirals, and other barrel racing drills, and along with weekly or bi-weekly breezing (running all-out in a safe open field or track).

Most barrel horses don't become antsy, unless they are at a barrel race and ready to do their job. My last barrel horse, he looked more like a western pleasure horse 99% of the time .... until I'd give him the cue to GO! Then you could hardly hold him back he so loved to run.

How your barrel horse acts depends greatly on how you handle them. Sure, if you do nothing but run the pattern every single day, you are going to have a hot-head nut job on your hands. But if you bring the horse along slowly and correctly, you often will have a well-rounded individual that can do a variety of things.


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Originally Posted by PalominoBuck    
my Dad used to barrel race and I would love to do it. I am 46, do you think that I am to old for it?
Nope. Never too old. My mom and I travel together and she's going to be 58 this year. And we're both starting our 2-yr-olds this year.

Never too old!


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Originally Posted by PalominoBuck    
What is the difference between a barrel racing saddle and a western saddle?
While you can certainly barrel race in ANY saddle (or no saddle at all for that matter), a barrel saddle is specifically designed to
--have a higher seat to help hold you in when your horse powers out of the turns
--slightly forward stirrups so that you don't get thrown forward and out of balance
--a tall and accessable saddle horn so that you can wedge yourself against it in a barrel turn
--stirrups that allow you to dig your feet in so they stay in
--lighter in weight so it's less for the horse to carry

For example: Here is a Billy Cook barrel racing saddle





And in contrast, here is a general western trail saddle.

     
    03-12-2013, 09:51 AM
  #16
Foal
Thank you Beau159. I really appreciate all your input. A barrel racing saddle looks quite comfortable. Are they good for for an all around saddle too?
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    03-12-2013, 11:10 AM
  #17
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by PalominoBuck    
Thank you Beau159. I really appreciate all your input. A barrel racing saddle looks quite comfortable. Are they good for for an all around saddle too?
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My barrel saddle is my main saddle. I ride in it all the time. Also is a great saddle for working/chasing cattle. When you're moving the cows to the summer pasture, and they decide to turn down the wrong road, it's nice to have a deep seated saddle to bust a move and get them back on track.

I also do low-level local showing in things like western pleasure, reining, competitive trail, etc (to keep a sane and sound head on my barrel horses) and I just use my barrel saddle for that too. I'm doing it for experience for them, and not to win it, so it works just fine.
     
    03-12-2013, 03:25 PM
  #18
Foal
Thank you, I think that I am going to just buy a good used barrel saddle and use that for everything. I have a lot to buy so two saddles is kind of out of the question now any way.
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    03-12-2013, 03:40 PM
  #19
Foal
My horse was bred for speed and she loves to run. In the arena, she can get kind of hot at times and excited when anticipating. I also trail ride her and she's calm as can be. She has her occassional spook, but she doesn't try to bolt off or anything. I wouldn't run your horse on the pattern constantly, change of pace is always good and keeps them from getting bored.

As far as saddles go, I trail ride in my barrel saddle all the time since I don't have a trail saddle anymore. I'm comfortable riding in mine and feel more secure with the high cantle. Helps keep me in place when going up/down hills.
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    03-12-2013, 06:43 PM
  #20
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by PalominoBuck    
Thank you, I think that I am going to just buy a good used barrel saddle and use that for everything. I have a lot to buy so two saddles is kind of out of the question now any way.
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That is the best way to go.

Like any other type of saddle, stay away from new cheap barrel saddles in the $200 to $400 range. Cheap is what cheap does.

You are much better off buying an older used saddle with a quality brand, that has been taken care of. Some of the brands I like are: Circle Y, Hereford, Tex Tan, Billy Cook, Martin
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