Buying Barrel Saddles

Barrel Saddles are racing saddles and as a result are a specialized piece of equipment.  Any type of racing is affected by weight, although it is probably not a factor except in the highest levels of competition.

When you are in the market for a saddle, take your horse with you.  You always shop and try on several hats before you make a buying decision and saddles are no different.  Take your horse and get input from several saddle shops.  You will learn a lot in the process.  Work out for yourself what is important in a saddle for you.  Know the following terms and their importance before you go shopping.

Pay attention to weight, maneuverability in the seat, breast collars, higher cantle and pommel, narrow stirrups, sturdy tree and small skirt.

The saddle needs to fit your horse, but it also needs to fit you.  Try them on for size to determine a good fit.

A barrel horse runs at top speed and makes tight turns.  The saddle should be built with skirt rigging to keep everything tight and provide close contact between horse and rider.

Saddle Brands

  • Martin Saddlery,  Granbury, Texas $2000.00 +
  • Cactus Saddlery, Greenville, Texas  $1800.00 +
  • Courts Saddlery, Bryan, Texas $1300.00 +
  • Circle Y Saddles (Tucker), Yoakum, Texas $800.00 +
  • Reinsman, Cleveland, TN, and Yoakum, Texas  $1100.00 +
  • Tex Tan,  Yoakum, Texas,  $800.00 +
  • Billy Cook Saddlery, Sulphur Oklahoma $1100.00 +
  • American Saddlery, Chattanooga, TN $800.00 +
  • Pro Rider, Balsam Lake, WI  $1600.00 +