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post #1 of 9 Old 08-16-2014, 01:57 AM Thread Starter
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Barrel Saddle Help...

I recently bought a new barrel horse, and I'm starting High School Rodeo next year. I have the money to buy a nice saddle, like a Circle Y or a Martin. The problem is I don't know which one I want. I've ridden a Circle Y and Double J, and I've sat in a Tex Tan and a Martin at the local tack store. I really like the Martin Sherri Cervi Crown C, but I'd like to see what everyone else thinks.
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post #2 of 9 Old 08-16-2014, 08:52 AM
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We're not the ones riding in the saddle you've chosen as you're anatomy is different from that of others.
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post #3 of 9 Old 08-16-2014, 09:44 AM
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I'm sure they all would have a size to fit you and your horse. I honestly don't know what the saddle is I ride in on my instructor's barrel horse. A saddle is a.saddle to me. LOL

I would get your horse fit so you know what size of saddle you are looking for. Then ask if you can try the saddle on your horse. They may or may not allow you to do this but if they'll allow you to return the saddle after purchase, buy one and go try it out.
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post #4 of 9 Old 08-16-2014, 04:11 PM
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If you can afford the nice saddles, that's great. I'm jealous. lol

Getting a good bang for your buck would be in Triple Creek saddles. I will be getting one of those next. They are really nice. Otherwise, any of the ones you listed are good. Depends on what fits you and your horse, and what feels comfortable to you.

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It's called a counter canter...
...A very advanced maneuver.
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post #5 of 9 Old 08-16-2014, 05:02 PM
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I had a guffey barrel saddle for a brief period of time. It was a great little saddle, but it's not a big name. As a result I had to sell it for pretty darn cheap even though the quality was there. If you can find one then you may be able to get a pretty good deal. I found out later that the lady I sold it for $200 to traded it for a nice circle y!
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I just upgraded from a Martin ironhorse to a Pozzi Pro. The seat is way more secure and I feel like I have more contact with my horse. Sitting in saddles wont tell you how you like them. You need to get out and try them. Do a barrel pattern in them and see which one you like best. My Martin was very comfortable to ride in, but after trying a Pozzi I realized I didn't like were the saddle horn was and I was always getting left behind in my Martin and on the back of my seat. So nobody can really tell you what one to get, that's completely dependent on your run style
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post #7 of 9 Old 08-16-2014, 08:06 PM
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If you can ride in one first I suggest it. Everyone rides differently and what works for one might not for another. I had a saddle I bought that threw me forward during a run, after that I tried any saddle before buying one. My saddle is a circle y Xtreme performance flex 2. I know a lot of people who ride in them and love them. Just another suggestion.
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post #9 of 9 Old 08-18-2014, 10:23 AM
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Most important things with saddle shopping

#1 It needs to fit your horse.
#2 It needs to fit you.

I would try to find a big tack shop in your area so you can try a variety of saddles on your horse, and sit in them yourself. Saddle shopping is just lots of trial and error until you find one that fits your horse and fits you.

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