Originally Posted by Saddlebag
I must have been doing something wrong as I used to run barrels in a smooth leather roping saddle. I couldn't afford a second saddle as I broke the bank with the roper. We did ok. The horse wasn't a speedy horse so the saddle didn't slow her down but we were usually 2nd.
LoL. I see a few smooth leather saddles at shows. But it all depends on the person. I could run in a smooth leather and not have any problems and place the class, if not win it.
My mom on the other hand, would slip right off the side. LoL. She doesn't have the natural riding talent that many people have, nor really good balance. (I tell her it's because she's top heavy...LMAO) Where as I, am bottom heavy.