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Barrel Racing Saddle

Barrel racing saddles are designed for speed. They are the smallest and lightest of the western saddle types. The well-designed barrel saddle will secure the rider and maximize maneuverability through hard turns and fast sprints. In addition to barrels, these saddles are suitable for a variety of eventing games.

Typical features of a barrel saddle include:

  • A deep seat to hold in the rider
  • A thin and taller horn for the rider to grab onto during hard turns
  • A higher fork with relatively wide swells to secure the rider
  • Rough-out seat, fenders, and side jockeys for extra grip
  • Relatively high cantle for security
  • Free swinging fenders to allow the rider to keep her legs underneath her center of gravity
  • Narrow stirrups to hold the foot in place
  • Front cinch only. No flank cinch
  • In-skirt rigging
  • Shorter skirts. Round skirts used to be the norm, but square skirts are now in fashion.
  • Lighter weight; usually under 30 pounds

With females comprising the majority of barrel racers, barrel saddles can often have a flashy look with a bold use of color and materials such as ostrich leather. It's all about style, darlin'.

Check out the wide selection of quality barrel racing saddles at HorseSaddleShop and our eBay Tack Shop .

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