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Horse Articles :: Choosing a Barrel Racing Saddle
Choosing a Barrel Racing Saddle
An essential part of barrel racing is making sure the saddle
is correct. You won't need an expensive saddle, a used barrel
saddle could be a good buy, but you do need a saddle that
fits properly This might make all the difference between whether
you win or lose. Some of the principal reasons why the choice
of a saddle is significant include fitting the saddle to both
rider and horse, the correct type, and the price. Saddles
are pricey but they do last for years so buying the right
saddle now will be an excellent future investment.
Fitting Your Horse
The prime consideration is the fit of the saddle. There
must not be pressure points that will result in tenderness
to your horse and he must be able to move freely with no hindrance
from the bars of the tree. Some barrel saddles are constructed
without bars so a misunderstanding has arisen that these these
types can fit any size of horse. This is untrue as the saddle
is able to cause pain and hamper motion by being placed far
back on the horse. Ensuring a good fit of the saddle for the
horse will enhance performance by preventing discomfort, thus
eliminating behavioral and performance problems.
To ensure the saddle fits your horse think about these points.
After riding your horse examine the area under the pad. Dry
areas may be a symptom of pressure points. Very often the
back will be totally drenched with sweat apart from a circle
on each side. Some dry areas surrounded by a wet area will
mean that the saddle is pressing on the horse's back with
your body weight. If this is not seen to the area will become
sore and the skin damage that results will lead to patches
with no hair. Regrettably this problem is not able to be corrected
by simply changing the pad. The only solution is to get a
Fitting the Saddle to the Rider
As well as fitting the horse the barrel saddle must fit
the rider. Various different sizes are made and they fit differently
which may depend on the size and the style. An badly fitting
saddle may not be comfortable and make it more difficult to
keep your balance. Barrel saddles are commonly made with rough
leather on fenders and jockeys and a high cantle to make sure
you are balanced correctly. Holding the feet at different
angles by the stirrups and a tall horn are additional modifications
used on barrel saddles.
Purchasing a Barrel Saddle
Lots of shops let you try out a saddle after buying to make
certain of a proper fit. If it doesn't fit properly you can
exchange it or be given your money back. Barrel saddles are
expensive but will give many years of use with good care.
The more expensive saddles are made from superior quality
materials and are well worth purchasing if you can afford
When purchasing a barrel saddle the most important things
to think about are the fit of the saddle to your horse, fitting
you and how much it costs.
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