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post #1 of 11 Old 08-03-2013, 12:52 PM Thread Starter
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Barrel racing saddles

I'm looking for a 15" barrel racing saddle preferably a circle y or bob Marshall. What are some other good brands to look for? :)
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Or a billy cook:)
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Mine is a Textan and those seem to be really nice. I got mine at a saddle exchange and it looks like it has hardly been used.
But it is very comfortable, it fits all of my horses nicely, and I would recommend it.

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Mine is a Textan and those seem to be really nice. I got mine at a saddle exchange and it looks like it has hardly been used.
But it is very comfortable, it fits all of my horses nicely, and I would recommend it.
Thank you, I think I've heard of textan, and horse is sort of wide in the withers, so that might work. Thanks again.
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On Ebay right now they have quite a few Circle Y 15" Barrel saddles. Good shape and good price.
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If your horse would wear a 7" gullet with FQHB, I suggest Corriente. They do about the cheapest good quality custom saddles I've ever seen. There are 3 of their saddles in my tack room right now and I can't think of one bad thing to say about any of them.

BUT, I can only speak to the quality of their work in general, not to the use of their barrel saddles as I've never ridden in one. All we've got of theirs is their ranch saddles.

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I work at a western based tack store so I get to see the good, bad, and the ugly when it comes to saddles! Billy Cook puts out a great saddle but you have to be carefull! Make sure that you read the saddle makers stamp. If it reads "genuine Billy Cook made in Sulphur Oklahoma" not Greensville Texas. The Texas made saddles are a cheap copy of the originals While the designs are Billy Cooks he has nothing to do with the shop producing thoes saddles. The workmanship isnt bad but you can tell the difference between the Real Billy Cooks and the other factory's work! It's just not the same.
Corriente produces some really nice saddles! The leather is nice and thick. Their well constructed, sturdy saddles not to terribly expensive! And most importantly the tree actually fits a horse! They make kids saddles that are really nice and hold their value when well taken care of! Their are several currently residing on the racks where I work!
Circle Y, Reinsman, the older Tex Tan Herfords are great I love the Softee Leather its awesome! A brand new saddle that feels like a well broken in saddle is well worth the expense!
I would kill for a Bob Marshall! I just can never find one in the size range I need! 16-17 they do tend to ride small depending on your horses back shape! If you get one make sure you get a pad with a channel that goes along the spine. Otherwise thay can put too much pressure on a sensitive horses spine!
Another brand to watch for is Billy Shaw their pretty good quality for the price I have one and With proper care they will hold up nicely! I have one that I got new on 06' and it still looks great.
One other to look at is Courts saddlery I have one of their saddles that is a 1994 model its so darn comfortable its not funny! It's a pleasure/reiner style the style numbers on the keeper were lost before I bought the saddle. Their customer service is awesome though! The unfortunatly lost a lot if not all of their records in a fire awile back, but have sence resumed saddle making! They are a Texas based company. Their saddles are well worth their purchase price! I got mine for 600.00 used new it sold for well over 1,000.00. I wont let that one go for anything less than a nice Bob marshall! If you have any more questions feel free to ask! I Live and Breathe Saddles, Bridles, Bits and Spurs! I am also a hoof nut,LOL!
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I didn't even think about Courts! We've got a roping saddle that was made by them before I was born (Dad said he bought it used in like '82 or '83) and it's still going strong in spite of having been on countless horses of all temperaments, been ridden by an entire family of folk that are hard as heck on saddles, and having survived a barn fire.

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I didn't even think about Courts! We've got a roping saddle that was made by them before I was born (Dad said he bought it used in like '82 or '83) and it's still going strong in spite of having been on countless horses of all temperaments, been ridden by an entire family of folk that are hard as heck on saddles, and having survived a barn fire.
Yep! I love that saddle it fits my mare quite well! The only thing about the saddle I could complain about is the stirrups! Their the wide roper style and I can't seem to keep my foot still in them! They migrate till my heel is touching the stirrup. I drives me crazy I plan om changing them out for a pair of narrower bell stirrups if I can find a pair of natural rawhide that I like. Why natural rawhide? They seem to last a lot longer than the bleached rawhide and they don't look as dirty as the bleached rawhide gets! Other than the stirrups the Courts saddle is my go to saddle!
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one more saddle to add to the list is the Martha Jose barrel saddle by Circle Y its a very nice minimal skirt saddle but don't let looks deceive you its not a light saddle! Their was one in the shop I work at you would not believe how many people came looking for a light saddle would ask to try that saddle! I would pull it off the rack and put it on the stand for them. They would sit in it and comment on how comfy it was then they would try to lift it! It went back on its rack LOL! The weight is all in the tree its one stout bugger! It finally found a home it took awhile but the person who has it loves it to pieses!
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