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chesterh 12-16-2009 03:06 AM

Big Horn Barrel Saddles
So I, admittedly, know NOTHING about Big Horn saddles. I'm looking for a decent saddle to ride around in, probably not any serious barrel racing right now, but to do some drill team and training in. So I've been looking at some used Courts and stuff but then I stumbled upon this. I've heard the name Big Horn bandied about some on here but I wanted to get some first hand info.

BRAND NEW BIG HORN BARREL RACING SADDLE W/ BLING SZ 15 - eBay (item 300376947615 end time Dec-16-09 18:09:31 PST)

So... yes... its gaudy and kinda cute.

Are these saddles worth a **** at all? Is this a crappy deal or a good one? My first priority is my horses FAR more than myself and a couple of cool stars slapped here and there. All my saddles thus far have been the best I could EVER possibly get.

So... opinions?

SouthernTrails 12-16-2009 08:54 AM

BigHorn makes a Nice Saddle, the buy it now price is way, way below wholesale cost.


iridehorses 12-16-2009 01:50 PM

But it's a 15" seat and, if I remember correctly, you mentioned needing a 16". There's a big difference in that 1". :D

chesterh 12-16-2009 02:47 PM

So I guess what I'm trying to say is that we're looking for a 16" for my mom to ride in for our gelding, and I sold my too small barrel saddle and am also looking for a saddle for me to ride in, which would fit me better than a 16". I'm not chasing cans seriously right now so I'm looking for a quality saddle that I don't have to invest 2g in used like I did my Black Rhino. What fits me would be a 15" barrel saddle or a 15.5" cutting/all around saddle. I'm 5'10 and about 160lbs, so I'm hardly huge, but my legs are long. I like my barrel saddles about a half inch smaller than my other saddles. My background is in barrel racing and honestly thats what I'm most comfortable and most accustomed to riding in.

I'm trying to decide whether I'm going to go standard bars or full bars as the main horse I'm riding right now is the gelding in the previous post, but I want a saddle that will fit a wide variety of horses also.

OK- to sum up: so I need a saddle FOR OUR HORSE thats a 16" for my mom. And a saddle thats FOR ME that will fit a wide variety of horses, including ours.

That was extremely convoluted so hopefully my main point will have somehow broken through all the other distracted fodder in this post.

iridehorses 12-16-2009 03:36 PM

Well .... alrighty then!! :lol:

All that being said (and I think understood). If you don't mind the bling and the writing on the fenders, it's a decent deal. Big Horn is not a bad saddle and the price they want for it, as Kevin said, is way below wholesale.

I think the basic reason for the low price is that the fenders will have the name of the show and the year that the event was won and that is a drawback to many people. I would ask for a picture of the saddle showing the fenders (which they were careful not to post) and then you can decide if you can live with it.

chesterh 12-16-2009 04:15 PM

Well. I kind of like the gaudy stars, to be honest... I'm a 23 year old child at hard I guess... The fenders I can get replaced here for cheap. I'll see what I can find out. Since I did so well selling my Black Rhino I'm thinking about buying this one with the reg QH bars, and a courts combo roping/barrel saddle with full bars and just have a blast!

chesterh 12-16-2009 09:04 PM

Ok, so I spoke to Wayne at Corriente saddles. For the same price as the new Big Horn I can also buy a new fully tooled Corriente barrel saddle. Which is the better value or quality? Any thoughts? What is my best bet?

iridehorses 12-16-2009 09:13 PM

I copied this from another thread where you were asking about saddle fit:

I had a lot of reservations about a Corriente saddle - I had just sold an expensive saddle I had because it didn't fit me (although it fit my horse well) and with finances being the way they were, I didn't want to spend over $1,000 if I could. Used was certainly the best way to go.

I had looked at the Corriente for a long time and for the money I expected it to be junk but the price was a big draw. I ordered the 17" roughout Wade in med. oil with full tooling and round skirts. It was their highest price Wade saddle and it is an unbelievable value for the money. VERY well made and solid.

The problem for you may be that, regardless of the gullet size being 7", it is for a wide horse. What I had to do is to use a 7/8" 5 star pad plus a doubled HD Navajo to keep the gullet off his withers. Sweat marks are good and the bars are contacting all around and after several 4-5 hour rides, he is not sore anywhere so I'm a happy camper. __________________

chesterh 12-16-2009 09:20 PM

I was more actually inquiring about how these two brands compare and which would be more for the money. A good deal on a Big Horn vs. standard price on a Corriente. I know neither is high end but how do they COMPARE in comfort and quality?

iridehorses 12-16-2009 09:33 PM

Based on my experience with the Corriente, I would buy it again over the Big Horn. A friend of mine does a lot of saddle repairs, I brought him the Corriente to reverse the Blevins and asked him his opinion. He spent some time looking it over and figured I spent $1,500 to $1,800 for it.

Although I've not owned a Big Horn, I am familiar with them and there is no comparison between the two.

I've shown it to a good number of guys I ride with and no one can believe what I paid for it. I really believe that it is one heck of a value. Keep in mind that it is a heavy saddle because of the quality of the leather and the rawhide covered tree.

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