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        08-09-2014, 08:12 PM
    Saddle for Shooting

    I started shooting a little while ago and my current saddle is not competition legal. What do you all shoot in? I've looked at the Martin Shooter, but its a little pricey. I started looking at barrel saddles, but I can't seem to find any types with the tipped forward horn I'm looking for. Thanks in advance.
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        08-09-2014, 08:33 PM
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    What do you mean "not competition legal"? I never heard there are limitations for what western saddle you want to use. Certainly, there are saddle designed to make the competition easier, like deep seats, bear trap trees, and such, but these are just helpful, not required, IME.
        08-09-2014, 08:51 PM
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    The Martin Shooter looks just like a Working Ranch Roping Saddle, I see nothing special about it except it is pricey.

    Any Saddle that has that True Western Look should be legal

    Or even one like this that has that 1890's look
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        08-09-2014, 09:02 PM
    My saddle is synthetic (I've had it for years and never got around to replacing it) and the saddles have to be leather for competition.
        08-09-2014, 09:15 PM
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    I can see why they may not allow synthetics, but I am not sure of the rules, so cannot say for sure.....

        08-11-2014, 05:12 PM
    Yes, most of the shooting organizations specify a leather saddle.

    Martin makes a very good saddle. I don't have experience with that brand, but understand they are worth the money.

    That said, there are plenty of leather western saddles on the market at much lower prices.

    You can get something decent in the $1,000 range (new). Even better quality if you look at used. I have seen all different types and level of quality at competitions and all are "legal."
        08-11-2014, 05:34 PM
    If you can't dump a ton of money take a look at corrientes saddles. There are several on the forum that have them and are very happy. They say it's a really decent saddle for under 1000 bucks. All leather and semi custom. Wide selection of tree types but not necessarily a wide range of tree sizes. I think just fqhb.
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        08-11-2014, 05:43 PM
    I don't know what your budget is... I do not have one of these but I have had my eye on them for a while.

    Don't know what your taste is but here are two I would want if I had the money!

    Circle Y Saddles - Dan Byrd Super Shooter

    Circle Y Saddles - Kenda Lenseigne Smokin Guns Mounted Shooter
        08-11-2014, 06:30 PM
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    Not sure why the Saddle the OP mentioned or those Circle Y Saddle are called Shooting Saddle, they are basically Ranch Roping Saddles with different stirrups and overpriced for what you get.

    Circle Y calls this one a Western Dressage Circle Y Saddles - Hearts Western Dressage

    Want to know how many people I know bought them and hated them?

    Just saying.....

        08-11-2014, 06:42 PM
    ST, that "western dressage" saddle looks soooooo uncomfortable! Lol
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