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post #1 of 22 Old 01-19-2012, 10:42 AM Thread Starter
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Best saddle to do general work in?

Hi all, I'm looking into saddles and I'm curious as to what type of saddle is best to do general work in?
I ride western and I'm also interested in barrel racing but I'm unsure if a barrel saddle would be good to do general work and riding in.
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post #2 of 22 Old 01-19-2012, 10:45 AM
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I find my barrel saddle very comfortable, so I'd say a barrel saddle is probably best because you can do more than just barrels with it. It's easier to use your barrel saddle for general use than something like a trail saddle for barrels :)

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post #3 of 22 Old 01-19-2012, 10:48 AM Thread Starter
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Thank you! I was thinking it would be good! I just wasn't sure.
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What do you mean by general work? A barrel saddle wouldn't be much good if you were hauling things by the horn (like clearing our some broken tree branches or whatnot), you'd probably want a saddle actually made to withhold that kind of use, like a roping one. They have a pretty strong foundation. :)
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By general I mean training.
Sorry, wasn't thinking!
I have thought about getting a roping saddle for the tougher stuff I might need to do.
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Well for training then I'd just suggest any saddle that is comfortable for both you and the horse :) Barrel saddles tend to be lighter, and I find the seats comfy- so that may indeed be what you are looking for. I've seen them break a little easier though, while a roping saddle I borrowed has been handed down for two-three generations and doesn't have a thing wrong with it. (It was actually used for roping cattle, so it had a lot of work done in it)
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I would get a good ranch saddle. They are typically high cantle, deep seated saddles that are made to take a beating. I prefer one built on an A fork tree because I find that they fit a better variety of horses. I can ride mine for 5 or 6 hours without any discomfort - and it's a hard seat (not cushioned).

This is the one I ride:

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I would get a good ranch saddle. They are typically high cantle, deep seated saddles that are made to take a beating. I prefer one built on an A fork tree because I find that they fit a better variety of horses. I can ride mine for 5 or 6 hours without any discomfort - and it's a hard seat (not cushioned).

This is the one I ride:

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Jealous!!

That saddle looks extremely comfortable even with the hard seat.

I'll have to keep an eye out for a good ranch saddle.
I do agree with barrel saddles being a little more fragile. But they aren't made to do what a rope or ranch saddle does.
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Omg Iride that saddle is so pretty... Don't be surprised if you hear someone breaking in and stealing that saddle of yours, and defiantly don't come looking at me when it goes missing!
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Haha. I know....*tries to hide saddle in coat*
>.> I swear, I don't know where it is.
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