What is different about a barrel racing saddle?
Excuse me for being new to barrel racing, but I am just curious - What is different about a barrel racing saddle? In competitions, do you have to use a "Barrel Saddle", or can you use a lightweight trail saddle.
Hypothetically speaking, say my horse is extremely hard to fit. He has one fitting saddle, a trail saddle that is reletively light weight, but doesn't have the typical barrel saddle look to it. The horse has the potential to make it in big competitions.
For other equestrian sports (say jumping for example; you can use an AP saddle for low levels, but you are expected to have a CC saddle for higher levels), the low levels are more lenient on saddle types, but higher levels require a specific type of saddle. Is it like that with barrel racing? If my horse made it big, wouod I be forced to find a different saddle to continue up? Or as long as my horse works well in the lightweight trail saddle, could we continue in that?
Also, what would you say is a good, average weight of a barrel saddle? Thank you :)