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post #11 of 18 Old 08-11-2014, 07:08 PM
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I would contact your local or closest mounted shooting group in your area and see what they like to use.
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Budget is preferably under $2000. Thanks for all of the suggestions!
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post #13 of 18 Old 08-16-2014, 12:32 PM
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I haven't ridden in all the Circle Y models but I have ridden in half- a dozen or more. My favorite saddle I ever had was a Cricle Y and it got stolen. I have never rode in one I didn't absolutely love.

But you are right they are basically the same thing with minor adjustments made to a similar base.

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post #14 of 18 Old 08-16-2014, 12:40 PM
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Originally Posted by SouthernTrails View Post

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.....

Southern, shooting saddles often have what are called "bear trap" trees. These have deep swells on the pommel that help hold the rider in position. They also often have smaller deeper seats, also for holding their position.

BTW, I absolutely LOVE that saddle you posted!
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post #15 of 18 Old 08-16-2014, 12:57 PM
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I just watch a documentary on Gengis Khan and we all know that he and his army lived on their horses. The saddles they used were deep like a dressage yet styled like the endurance. The saddle was covered with thick fleece. These saddles held the rider in while he turned his body to shoot from almost any angle. The fleece covered a bare wood tree.
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post #16 of 18 Old 08-16-2014, 01:45 PM
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Originally Posted by Allison Finch View Post
Southern, shooting saddles often have what are called "bear trap" trees. These have deep swells on the pommel that help hold the rider in position. They also often have smaller deeper seats, also for holding their position.

BTW, I absolutely LOVE that saddle you posted!
How about this one then? Comes with Square skirts also
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post #17 of 18 Old 08-22-2014, 10:40 AM
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If beartrap works good, then maybe this saddle:

Of course, you might need to find a shooting competition in Australia to use it...

And given my shooting skills when standing on my own two feet, I might not be a good source of info on shooting well in any saddle! Seriously tho, the last saddle SouthernTrails posted has a 5" cantle and a beartrap swell. Add what looks like a well balanced seat, and it might work well for shooting.

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post #18 of 18 Old 02-04-2015, 10:30 AM
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I have been shooting since 2009. I grew up with team ropers and spend most of my time in a Crates roping saddle, have shot in in a lot as well since it is like sitting in a lazy boy recliner. However, I prefer to shoot in my Billy Cook barrel saddle (the really Billy Cook out of Sulphur, Ok not that cheap stuff out of Texas), the horn sits forward and the fenders are free swinging. Billy Cooks are hard to find sometimes, I just got a new one from Western saddles; Billy Cook, Circle Y , Tucker & used western trail saddles. The prices are good and the selection is great, they had a couple different saddles with the pommel and horn canted forward. I have ridden in the Circle Y shooting saddles and they are nice, but for the price I prefer my Billy Cook. Talk with active shooters and get their opinions, we all have different experiences and we learn from making mistakes, so ask questions and learn from our mistakes and save yourself time and money.
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