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post #1 of 11 Old 08-23-2012, 08:40 AM Thread Starter
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New Barrel Saddle

Okay HF friends, some of you may have seen, my Circle Y trail/pleasure saddle is up for sale (sale pending actually).

I'm leaning towards getting a barrel saddle. I've been reading some past posts, but wanted to ask, what do you guys recommend brand, style, etc for a short backed horse? Any particular pad you have to use? I currently have an SMX orthosport air ride and a thicker fleece pad.

Any things I should definitely stay away from (brand, style)? What are your "must haves?"

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post #2 of 11 Old 08-23-2012, 04:52 PM
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What is your price range going to be?
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post #3 of 11 Old 08-24-2012, 07:56 AM Thread Starter
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I'm hoping to try not to spend more than $750 for now. I was looking at some Double T's, but have read mixed reviews. Some seem to like and some don't.

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post #4 of 11 Old 08-24-2012, 06:00 PM
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You might be able to find some Dakota Saddles in that price range.
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post #5 of 11 Old 08-24-2012, 06:12 PM
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Corriente as well! They are GREAT saddles. You can get a custom one made for just around that price range. KO Trading has great saddles too, I believe DrumRunner has one and she has great things to say about them! I'm debating between both brands for my next barrel saddle. Good luck!
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post #6 of 11 Old 08-24-2012, 11:50 PM
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I am in love with my Billy Cook. We have 3 of them and they are superb saddles. Make sure they are made in Sulfer, OK though.

Stay away from Double T, King, any of the "full sets for $500 and under, new!" type of deals.

Dakota, Alamo, Billy Cook, Circle Y, Double J (Pozzi), Corrinette(sp?), KO Trading are all good brands.
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post #7 of 11 Old 08-25-2012, 12:12 AM
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There are some great saddles for sale on the facebook group "barrel saddles for sale"
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post #8 of 11 Old 08-25-2012, 10:30 AM
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Or the Barrel Racing Tack Swap Facebook page. I see TONS of amazing saddles marked down around that range there.
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post #9 of 11 Old 08-25-2012, 01:36 PM
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I second the Corriente saddles. I own one and plan on ordering another next spring. I love mine!!! Fits just about everything (cow bred and higher withered running bred types), they hold up really well and the leather quality is amazing for the price. I will attach pics of mine. I got the basket weave with stingray seat and my brands on the back fenders. Only cost me $750 shipping included. They have a base model that is basket weave, suede seat and rough out fenders for $450. My cousin owns 2 of the base models, 1 roper and 1 cutting saddle and I love them all. Their customer service is also great.

Pics are from the first day I received it. Nothing is broken in. I did take an old broom handle and turned the stirrups. After a few rides it broke in really easily.

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post #10 of 11 Old 08-26-2012, 07:24 PM Thread Starter
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Okay, went to the local tack shop with my used Circle Y Sheridan trail saddle and got an unbelievable deal! Checked out the barrel saddles and am getting a Circle Y Proven Splendora! Since the Splendora was worth less than my barely used trail saddle, they're throwing in a matching headstall! It's going to take about six weeks for the new one to come in. I didn't think I was going to get much of a trade in on my old saddle. It was barely used, but still used.

It seems like many have liked the Proven saddles and I tested it out and liked it a lot so I'm hoping....!!! Now, I just gotta figure out what kind of pad I want to get for it...lol.

Thank you guys for your awesome help!

BTW...GrittyCowgirl, love your saddle! Really nice looking!
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