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    06-18-2011, 12:36 PM
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Hi, im just getting into western riding. I have been riding english,hunter/jumper for bout 8 years now. I would like to get into barrel racing n I understand for the best saddle would be a barrel racing saddle. But I am going off to college soon (3years) n they do not specify what type of western saddle we should bring with us. All they state is that is should be at lesat 15"in n no synthetic. So I was wondering what type of saddle I should perchance for going off to college at findlay university. I would of course be doing the western program. Thanks so much:)
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    06-18-2011, 12:41 PM
Green Broke
You can probably use a barrel saddle for just about any type western riding you will do except for roping.
    06-18-2011, 12:57 PM
Barrel saddles have a deeper seat and higher cantle to keep the rider secure when turning at high speeds. They also have a narrower horn so that it can be used as a handle to push yourself back into the seat around turns.

I ride in a barrel saddle although I don't actually race. I think they're very comfortable and secure. And I've also used my horn as an "oh sh*t!" handle when my mare decides to do a 180 at a lope.

The least practical western saddles are WP show saddles. They look fancy, but you couldn't do any actual work in them.
    06-18-2011, 01:37 PM
I am looking for a used barrel saddle for this time. But when I go off to college they train the basics of reining n come cutting n wp. I was not sure if you should get a Reining saddle roping saddle ect. For this tho?
    06-18-2011, 02:41 PM
If you aren't going to be doing any roping, I would suggest not getting a roping saddle. I have never found one that was comfortable for more than just an hour or so for me. I ride in a ranch type saddle and I love it, but again, if you aren't doing any roping, then the heavy duty tree is just added weight that you really don't need.

For what you are going to be doing, a barrel saddle or good trail saddle will fit the bill without being terribly heavy.

Are you taking your own horse or will you be riding the program horses?
    06-18-2011, 03:02 PM
Green Broke
I would actually suggest either a barrel saddle or a roping saddle..I ride trails, games, plod around, etc in a roping saddle currently. It's probably not the really nice roping saddle since it's only about 5-10 pounds heavier than our lightest barrel saddle, but I find it just as comfy as our most expensive barrel saddle. I'm actually going to ask my BO if I can buy it from her when I go to college since I'm double majoring in equine studies and vet something or other. :p
I'd have to say that if you're on a budget I would probably look more into trail or barrel saddles though, because (from what I've seen) roping saddles with the same quality are much more expensive.
I would see it pointless to get a flashy WP saddle (and imo a reining saddle) because unless that's all you're doing, I would agree that it would be a waste of money.

I do wonder though..why must it be 15" and not synthetic if you're bringing your saddle to college with you? I ride a 16" and unless I get smaller, I won't be able to ride in a 15", along with if you only fit a 13" (don't know, just giving an example). I just can't see why they would say you have to have leather (I would go with leather anyway lol) and a 15" seat..
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    06-18-2011, 03:09 PM
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I think you need to be a bit beyond the basics to be accepted into any horse program at Findlay.
    06-18-2011, 03:41 PM
I personally would get a barrel saddle with a square skirt. I do games, will be doing WP and trail ride in mine. Though I have another trail saddle (synthetic) that I prefer as it's lighter...I could use my barrel saddle for most things but that's just my opinion.
    06-18-2011, 06:45 PM
Green Broke
Well she said in 3 years, and all she has done was hunter/jumper
    06-18-2011, 07:20 PM
Originally Posted by anndankev    
I think you need to be a bit beyond the basics to be accepted into any horse program at Findlay.

No you don't if you have $27K+/year they will take you.

As to the saddle. Get a GOOD reining saddle. It will fit probably 85% of what you will be doing at Findlay. I would also pick up a cheaper braking/training saddle. One that is solid rough out seat.

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