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        03-12-2013, 10:57 PM
    Originally Posted by fkonidaris    
    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.
    Thank you, That sounds great, I really want my horse to be an all around horse. She is spunky, but also gentle and loving. I Like the high cantle on a saddle too. I set on a new trail saddle that had high cantle and it felt great.
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        03-12-2013, 11:06 PM
    Originally Posted by beau159    
    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
    That is what I want to do, I am going to a used tack sale this weekend. I want buy a great saddle just used.

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