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post #1 of 14 Old 08-09-2011, 02:06 PM Thread Starter
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Question Saddle??

Hi everyone,
just a ? hopefully someone can answer? I am looking for a saddle that is both comfortable for long trail rides and secure enough for barrel racing. Has anyone here ever heard of or ridden in a Cashel Trail Saddle? I realy like the look of the saddle and have read really good reviews for trail riding but I was wondering if anybody has ever barrel raced in one? I am a Itermediate/advanced rider but am a very green barrel racer, so I want a saddle that I will feel secure in racing around barrels. If you have no experiance with the cashel saddles can you recommend another brand of saddle that is both commfortable and secure? Right now I have a Texas Classic barrel saddle and its fine for racing but really uncomfortable on long trail rides thanks here is a link to the Cashel

Cashel Trail Saddles - Safety, Comfort and Performance for rider and horse.
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post #2 of 14 Old 08-09-2011, 02:24 PM
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Looks like a VERY nice saddle to me, subscribing to hear what others think

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post #3 of 14 Old 08-09-2011, 06:05 PM
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Looks like a VERY nice saddle to me, subscribing to hear what others think
Same here. I like the price!
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post #4 of 14 Old 08-10-2011, 06:27 PM Thread Starter
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thanks guys......I really hope someone responds with more info. I am really liking this saddle for trails but Im not so sure about barrels and I really dont want to have to buy 2 saddles lol
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post #5 of 14 Old 08-10-2011, 06:30 PM
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personally I wouldn't use it for barrels but that is just my preference since my barrel saddle happens to be comfortable enough for fairly long trail rides. Now it is completely upto you but I would look for maybe a cheaper trail saddle and invest in a good barrel saddle just my two cents. That saddle does look mighty comfy though :]

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post #6 of 14 Old 08-10-2011, 07:44 PM
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I've cruised the forums long enough to have seen the good and the bad of that saddle. I personally don't ride western, so I know nothing of the like. But it looks super comfy and I've heard the same from people on here. :)
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post #7 of 14 Old 08-10-2011, 08:26 PM
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The only thing I see about using that saddle as a barrel saddle as well is that the cantle is fairly low. The reason that barrel saddles have such high cantles and big swells is to give you more security during the high-torque turns and powerful accelerations while running the pattern.

That being said, you would likely become a better rider by running the pattern in this saddle. You would have to actually use your core, seat, and legs to stay centered and correct where all the other barrel racers are depending on their saddle to keep them mounted.

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The only thing I see about using that saddle as a barrel saddle as well is that the cantle is fairly low. The reason that barrel saddles have such high cantles and big swells is to give you more security during the high-torque turns and powerful accelerations while running the pattern.

That being said, you would likely become a better rider by running the pattern in this saddle. You would have to actually use your core, seat, and legs to stay centered and correct where all the other barrel racers are depending on their saddle to keep them mounted.
Agreed. The saddle that I race in is a trail saddle of unknown (to me, anyway) make with a round skirt that looks somewhat like a barrel saddle, but lacks the high cantle. However, I feel better knowing I'm not relying on a high cantle to stay glued to the saddle. It does have the big swells; I'm not sure if this is for speed events or not
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post #9 of 14 Old 08-11-2011, 08:08 PM
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I actually don't rely on my saddle to keep me glued, haha that comes from riding quirky little arabs that like to try and spin out from under you xD. However I do agree that it would be a good one to learn in as you will have no choice to use you core and seat more

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post #10 of 14 Old 08-11-2011, 08:11 PM
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sorry for the double post but this is my barrel saddle love this thing the day i got it we went out on a 3 hour trail ride and I was comfy as can be surprisingly haha

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