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post #1 of 8 Old 04-28-2014, 07:30 PM Thread Starter
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Just wanted a second opinion on this.

Could I do ranch sorting, barrels, poles, and maybe dabble in reining in a roping saddle? I want to get into break away ( which ik i don't need a roping saddle for ) but if I want to actually rope I want to be able to, and not have the lack of saddle holding me back. I can't afford more than one saddle so I need one that I can do multiple things in.
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post #2 of 8 Old 04-28-2014, 09:07 PM
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You could absolutely do all those things in a roping saddle, but you may run into problems with the barrel racing/pole bending part of it. You'll have to really ride to do a barrel/pole pattern at speed in a roping saddle. Most of them have small to medium sized swells and a 3-4 inch cantle with a decent amount of angle to it so there's a lot of room to slip and slide around if your seat isn't solid.

Most barrel saddles are designed with big swells and a tall, rather upright cantle to sort of trap your body and make it easier to ride those hard turns and fast speed changes.

Have you considered something like a modified association saddle? They are designed for roping but have bigger swells and a deeper seat than a roping saddle to make you more secure. Also, IMHO, they are more comfortable for long hours spent riding. I rode in roping saddles all my life until about 5 years ago when I got my MA ranch saddle. I didn't really realize how much the ropers made me hurt until I got my new saddle, rode all day, and stepped off feeling just as comfortable/fresh as I did that morning.

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post #3 of 8 Old 04-28-2014, 09:10 PM Thread Starter
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I've never even heard of a modified association, lol. I'll look into it
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LOL, the reason it's a "modified" association is because a regular Association tree is what saddle bronc riders use. It was modified to give that level of security to regular riding horses. I bought mine mostly for riding colts but I fell in love and haven't ridden another saddle since.

FWIW, I got mine here, they've got some different styles to browse and they also make customs at very affordable prices (mine was $687 delivered).
https://corrientesaddleco.com/ASSOCIATIONS.php
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I'm saddle shopping, too, and one saddle I was looking at fell through, so I'm still looking. I've been reading old saddle threads (I seriously stalk old threads. Every time I have a question, it seems like ten people have already answered it somewhere)for the past few days, and the more pictures I see of smrob's saddle on the various threads, the more I'm considering corriente. Don't know if I want an MA or an A fork, though. I kind of like bucking rolls, so I might go with an A fork. Also, Southern Trails (HF member) makes some pretty nice saddles that I'm also looking at. His website is on his profile, and they are pretty affordable. And of course, ebay. Lots of decent quality used stuff there. I like used best- I want my stuff worn in for me!

Let us know what you end up getting! I'm very curious. On a bit of a saddle obsession right now.

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LOL, the reason it's a "modified" association is because a regular Association tree is what saddle bronc riders use. It was modified to give that level of security to regular riding horses. I bought mine mostly for riding colts but I fell in love and haven't ridden another saddle since.

FWIW, I got mine here, they've got some different styles to browse and they also make customs at very affordable prices (mine was $687 delivered).
https://corrientesaddleco.com/ASSOCIATIONS.php
Yep, if I didn’t go for a Wade I would have gotten an association roper. Awesome saddles. The only swell fork saddles I like.
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post #7 of 8 Old 05-02-2014, 09:48 PM Thread Starter
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This is a trail saddle, but the seat looks like alot of roping saddles ( to me atleast. ) I'm thinkin about buying/trading for it. Do you all think I would have any troubles doing break away in it? I might get it the horn wrapped juusstt incase, so it doesn't get worn down but I don't think a string snapping should cause much damage, lol. I just need a really good all around saddle and this one seemed good and at a really good price & I may be able to trade for it even.
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Well I've got a barrel racing saddle that I use for: Western Pleasure, Reining, Competitive Trail, Western Riding, Barrels, Poles, and working cows.

Barrel racing is my "main" event so that's why I have that type of saddle. Everything else I only show locally (no breed shows) so it really doesn't matter what saddle I'm riding in.

Growing up, I barrel raced in a flat pleasure saddle for years. Didn't stop me from winning or placing. I won't argue that a barrel saddle will put you in a better position since that's what it is designed for, but it can absolutely be done with any saddle.

Just make sure your saddle:
1) Fits your horse
2) Fits you

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