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post #11 of 29 Old 11-15-2013, 09:22 PM
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I really like the black.
It give a tailored, custom look
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post #12 of 29 Old 11-15-2013, 10:31 PM
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I like the light oil, as color goes. But, the trail saddle and barrel will feel differently. The barrel will tend to hold you in more. Fine, if that's what you want. But, not so good for going up and down hills, where you need to lean forward and backward. And , for someone like me who has a "belly" out in front, the barrel saddle horn gets in my way if I need to lean forward.

Color should never be your deciding factor. Fit, Form, Function . . . And $!
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post #13 of 29 Old 11-15-2013, 11:15 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks tinyliny. Both saddles have the same height horn and both have a rough-out seat, is there something structurally about a barrel saddle that holds you in more? I'm thinking that would be good for skijoring although I've done just fine with that in my English saddle, so maybe I should stick with the trail saddle...which comes in both brown and black. Ugh!

A reviewer of the barrel saddle said it was extremely comfortable on long trail rides, and a trusted barrel racing friend of mine said very good things about that saddle. It is more expensive than the trail saddle but both are within my budget. I know color shouldn't be a deciding factor but I've weighed out everything else I can think of and those stinking scales are still perfectly balanced!

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post #14 of 29 Old 11-18-2013, 03:21 PM
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I thought you were looking for color opinions only; not saddle type. Hence why I didn't comment on the barrel saddle before.

I have one saddle: A barrel racing saddle. Because that's what I primarily like to do with my horses. So I also trail ride in it, show locally in it, and everything. If I had endless amounts of money, sure, I'd have a saddle for each event. But I don't. So one it is. It fits me and it fits my horse.

Barrel saddles have a higher cantle and deeper seat to "hold you in". The swells will also "fold around you" a little bit more. Some styles also have forward-set stirrups to help you in the turns. Barrel saddles will also have less leather on them to make them lighter.



Now let's look at a cutting saddle for something to compare to. A cutting saddle with have a very flat seat because you want to be able to slide around a bit. Swells are flat on the rider side. So look at the shape of the seats and you'll see the difference.




What do you do with your horse most? As tinyliny said, the FIT of the saddle for your horse and for you should be the #1 factor. If the saddle you purchase doesn't fit your horse, you'll cause him pain.
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post #15 of 29 Old 11-18-2013, 10:40 PM Thread Starter
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I actually was just looking for color advice but it sort of snowballed from there! I work from home and was sort of half-listening to an all-staff meeting on the phone one day and started Paintshopping little saddles on a black horse that sort of looks like mine, and just wanted to hear what you all thought! If there's some taboo cardinal western no-no that I don't know about like NEVER put a tan saddle on a black horse, I trust you all to tell me

I know fit is crucial but I'm ordering online so I can't see which one fits better before I order it. If it doesn't fit I obviously won't keep it. Don't want my pony looking like this guy -->
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post #16 of 29 Old 11-19-2013, 12:53 AM
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I think the black in black would be amazing IF you did a color scheme with your clothing and the blanket. It would be SUPER stand out and flashy which is the entire point of show ettire.
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post #17 of 29 Old 11-19-2013, 02:12 PM
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Black on black, provided the saddle fits. If not for showing then go for whatever color you prefer, but in the Morgans you typically see dark tack on the dark horses.
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post #18 of 29 Old 11-19-2013, 07:23 PM Thread Starter
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Yay, I have a Morgan too! Ohhh, western pleasure Morgans make my heart beat a little faster .

I'm kind of partial to black on black too, with this stunning blue blanket under the saddle
Mayatex - Chaparral

Then again I showed up at the barn last week in jeans, a black shirt and purple vest, not thinking much of it. But by the time I changed into my breeches, boots and chaps (all of which are black), tacked my horse up in black tack and a black saddle pad, put my black helmet and dark sunglasses on and took my vest off because I was hot, I ended up looking like a nazgul from Lord of the Rings Note to self: black tack is fine but don't accidentally dress like death to go riding....
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post #19 of 29 Old 11-20-2013, 08:56 AM
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Yay, I have a Morgan too! Ohhh, western pleasure Morgans make my heart beat a little faster .

I'm kind of partial to black on black too, with this stunning blue blanket under the saddle
Mayatex - Chaparral

Then again I showed up at the barn last week in jeans, a black shirt and purple vest, not thinking much of it. But by the time I changed into my breeches, boots and chaps (all of which are black), tacked my horse up in black tack and a black saddle pad, put my black helmet and dark sunglasses on and took my vest off because I was hot, I ended up looking like a nazgul from Lord of the Rings Note to self: black tack is fine but don't accidentally dress like death to go riding....
Haha! That's awesome.
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post #20 of 29 Old 12-23-2013, 11:18 PM
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Anything but the black one.

Also look up artweaver. It's a free downloadable knock off version of photoshop that's what I use for all my photo work.

I think I might actually have that last saddle lol. Hate synthetics, but it was my moms and it fit my horse better than my good leather one.
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