Actually, from my research, there isn't much difference in a barrel saddle, and a regular saddle. Some barrel saddles have round skirts, others have square skirts. When I start, I will just use my lightweight Wintec saddle. It has two girths, and is if not lighter, the same style as barrel saddles I have seen. I think they just do that so they get more money, but a lightweight Wintec saddle is no different than a barrel saddle.
Lettin' the cat outta the bag is a whole lot easier than puttin' it back. -- Unkown