Rough Out or Smooth Leather

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  • Rough leather or smooth leather
  • Need o have my saddle's seat roughed out

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    06-08-2012, 12:06 PM
Rough Out or Smooth Leather

Hi I was just taking a poll out of curiosity. But for your barrel saddles do you prefer rough-out fenders and seat or smooth leather for fenders and seat. If you use smooth leather do you like it?
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    06-08-2012, 12:39 PM
Rough Out! Smooth leather can cause you to slip around in the saddle which you do not want when you are turning the barrels.
    06-08-2012, 02:36 PM
As log as the seat is rough out smooth fenders wouldn't bother me. But I will not run in a smooth or exotic seat because they can be very slick.
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    06-08-2012, 05:42 PM
Green Broke
Rough out for me..
    06-08-2012, 05:44 PM
Rough out for sure!
    06-08-2012, 07:28 PM
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.
    06-09-2012, 04:01 PM
Green Broke
I barrel raced in my smooth seat rope saddle as well. I didn't have problems cause I'd been riding in smooth saddles my whole life but when I got my rough out barrel saddle, I feel like I could stick just about anything in it! It holds you in a lot nicer.
    06-10-2012, 01:37 PM
I hate rough out! I would rather fall off my horse than have rough out fenders. I'm fine with the seat but that is it. You can't keep that stuff clean and I like clean tack.
    06-10-2012, 01:54 PM
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.
    06-10-2012, 02:38 PM
I have always ridden in a smooth saddle since about the age of 13. But up until now, I never had the chance to try otherwise. I rode my teenage saddle for about 20 years and then was given a saddle several years ago which was also smooth. Then I lost all my saddles in our fire last fall and while shopping around for a new barrel saddle, I came across a rough out Tex Tan and thought, man, what a pain to keep clean. I wanted to steer clear. The girl who was selling it said, just sit in it and see what you think. SOLD! Yea, I bought it. And what a dream to run in. So much more secure. I'll never race in anything but rough out again. Too bad it took me this long to figure it out. I use a rough brush to keep it scrubbed and semi clean but like someone said, the more worn, the more loved. I look forward to my new saddle taking on my leg print. :)

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