I bought a double T awhile back. It was a "gaited roping" saddle with full quarter bars (so, not really gaited). It had a cut out dropped D and really narrow roping stirrups. I was very naive to the gaited world at the time and needed a cheap saddle (bought it on ebay
). I absolutely despise the thing. The dropped D is not well designed, the stirrups I had to replace, the fenders make it so I can't shorten my stirrups enough, and the stirrup leathers are ruining the leather on the dropped D. Not to mention it doesn't fit gaited horses well (although it fits a huge QH wonderfully with the full QH bars). From my experience, I wouldn't recommend a Double T. But take in mind, this is a weirdly designed saddle and I'm sure they would design barrel saddles in a way that makes much more sense.