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post #11 of 16 Old 06-14-2014, 01:41 PM
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post #12 of 16 Old 06-14-2014, 07:58 PM
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I'm just starting out in barrels and poles and I'm looking at a Double T and I don't know if I should buy one. Could any one help me out?
Pass and find something older by a well-known maker.

My best friend just got an Action Saddle Co saddle for her birthday and her grandma paid $200 for it. It's in great shape, is already broken in, and will last a long time.

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I'm just starting out in barrels and poles and I'm looking at a Double T and I don't know if I should buy one. Could any one help me out?
Don't! You will spend more $$ on chiropractor visits and end up getting rid of it! And you will still end up having to purchase a new saddle. Go with a billy cook, they make awesome barrel saddles. Just because it's cheap does not mean it's quality. You could find a used, well made saddle on eBay for a steal!
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post #14 of 16 Old 07-01-2014, 11:26 PM
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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.
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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.
From my understanding, their quality has increased in recent years. I do agree though that they are probably better at simpler saddles rather than the more complicated gaited saddles.

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I know friends who have bought Double T's, but I wouldn't pay money for one. The leather is cheap, they don't hold up to daily intense riding even with maintenance, and they're nowhere near as comfortable as other brand name saddles. If all you're looking to do is playdays and trails, they probably are great, but I ride 3-4 horses seven days a week and want something that's going to hold up and still be comfortable and not falling apart. 3 of the 4 people I know that have one have had to send theirs to the shop within the first year because the stitching was coming undone or the fender broke. I've had my saddle for 5 years and have yet to have to take it to be fixed. You can't beat quality.
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