I am currently on the hunt for a new saddle and with all the different options out there I do not want to miss any in my hunt for one
If you could leave some ideas that would be great!
Anyone have any experience with the Double J Intimidator? Any specific style horse for the tree?
Well, your search for a barrel saddle is going to depend on your horse. The number one most important factor is that the saddle fits your horse.
The number two important factor is that it fits the rider.
What type of build is your horse? Can you post pictures?
Double J is a very good saddle brand and they do have a variety of saddle trees available, depending on your horse's build.
My two horses, surprisingly, are built similar. They are both very beefy quarter horses, and don't have much for withers (but they aren't mutton withered). They both fit well in the Circle Y Flex2 WIDE tree (I have the lisa lockhart saddles).
A Crates Freedom saddle (Meleta Brown) fit well as well, but I myself could not get used to the flatter style seat.
Martin Crown C didn't fit.
Billy cook didn't fit
The "normal" Circle Y full QB bars didn't fit.
Triple Creek didn't fit.
Double J .... shoot can't remember which tree I tried .... didn't fit.
And there were quite a few others I tried that didn't fit.
Saddle shopping is hard! Best thing I can recommend is going to a local tack shop in your area if one is available, and try whatever you can on your horse. Or at a barrel race, don't be shy and ask people if you can try their saddle on your horse. It's just trial and error and there's no standard in the industry.