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  • 12" bear trap barrel saddles
  • GW CRATE BEAR TRAP BARREL

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    02-06-2013, 01:36 PM
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I agree with the brands posted about and stay away from the double T and brands like it..I have a barrel saddle for sale in the classifieds (circle Y)
     
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    02-06-2013, 02:03 PM
  #12
Yearling
Circle Y saddles are my favorite and they're easy to find, new or used.
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    02-12-2013, 08:44 PM
  #13
Weanling
If you've got the money, get up with Elite Custom Saddlery. Better than any double j, circle y, triple creek or anything in my opinion. I'd still have mine if it wasn't too big for me. I just ordered a custom Corriente and they are very nice to work with and I've heard great things about their saddles.
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    05-13-2013, 02:01 PM
  #14
Foal
I recently purchased a GW Crate Bear Trap Barrel saddle from Jerry. Like most, I was concerned about the lower price than most saddles. All my other saddles are Circle Y and cost me in the range of $1.600 +. I contacted a few individuals who purchased a GW Crate via ebay to check their feedback on the quality of the workmanship,etc. Hands down they were very enthusiastic and positive about their purchase. Based on their feedback I ordered a custom barrel saddle from Jerry and waited the 5-6 weeks for it to be built. When it arrived via UPS, I was very pleased with my decision....great stitching, quality leather...on and on. Can't beat the price!
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    05-13-2013, 05:16 PM
  #15
Weanling
Textans are nice, crates are awesome. Some billy cooks are good. I love mine but you have to be careful, they have great ones and not so great ones. Circle Y's are awesome. I would rather spend my money on a nice used one then a new not so nice one. You can get more for your money. Plus I like it when seats are broken in and stirrups are already turned.
     
    05-17-2013, 09:49 PM
  #16
Yearling
Buy a popular name brand. You'll have better resale value. I just bought a Circle Y /High Horse saddle and I like it. I have a hard time fitting my horse, and it seems like the High Horse saddles fit a lot of horses.
     
    05-31-2013, 12:32 AM
  #17
Foal
I love Circle Y and Billy Cook saddles. My coach has a Circle Y barrel saddle and it is a dream to ride in. I personally have a Billy Cook barrel saddle which I absolutely love. I own a Billy Cook from Sulpher OK as I've been told that they are the best quality. Apparently the other Billy Cooks are made out of Texas and aren't very good quality at all, so I would look into the saddle carefully before purchase. Judging by the quality of mine and my friends Sulphur OK Billy Cook barrel saddles, they are fabulous. None of us have ever had a single problem with our saddles, they seem to be easily maintainable and hold their value incase you decide to sell. Good luck finding a saddle :)
     
    06-23-2013, 11:20 PM
  #18
Weanling
I've heard martins are great. I personally have owned a triple creek (by far my absolute favorite), a Dakota, and a circle y. My circle y, which was a proven by circle y, I liked for a while, but it doesn't fit my horse well anymore. My Dakota is nice, it's actually a trophy saddle, and I've never had problems with it. It fits most well. My triple creek though, it's awesome. Fits all my wider horses and it really sits me deep and allows me to position my feet where needed. :)
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    06-29-2013, 02:35 PM
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Foal
I would look for a good used QUALITY barrel saddle before I would buy a new, low quality one. I've had a slew of different ones through the years - I am one that makes sure my saddle fit the horse - so in changing horses & those horses maturing & changing, I've done some switching. Top ones are Martins, Crates (not the GW ones), Caldwells, Coats, some Cactus, Double J. Midrange I would say are Textan (I don't like them - everyone I've ever seen - no matter what the width of the gullet - is tight where the conchos are in front - & pinch.), Circle Y, Triple Creek, Billy Cooks. I've had Billy Cooks in years past but hated the way it sat me, plus did not fit current horse. I loved my Triple Creek, but my mare outgrew their FQHB tree. Have had Crates - loved the Meleta Brown model, but again, - mare out grew it. I have had Kent Logan (from Kendallville IN) make saddles for me & they are very nice, well made saddles. He is reasonable for custom - not the cheap ones, but not the high high dollar ones). My current saddles are the last Logan he made for me (- measured my mare, had the tree made by hand by a tree maker down south & then fitted to her again - then he built the saddle) & a Martin Crown C. I do LOVE that saddle!! I had to order it since no one had any for sale used in the width I got (9 1/2"). That one will go to my younger mare & will be ordering another CC with an even wider gullet for the older mare. They sit you NICE.
     

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