Manufacturer: Dakota (View all products by Dakota Saddlery)
Model: Barrel Saddle (View all Barrel Saddle reviews)
Category: Barrel Saddles
Purchase: I needed a light-weight western saddle. I purchased a 14inch Dakota square-skirted barrel saddle from Hunn Leather in Augusta, KS, in July 2001 for $650.00.
Likes: Light-weight yet good, clean look for mid-range price. My horse is 16hh, so I wanted something light enough that I could lift above my head when saddling him (I'm 5'4"). I chose a square-skirt with minimal silver and tooling--I want functional and comfortable. Showing isn't my primary goal. After 9 years, I'm still completely satisfied with this saddle. It fit my horse very well. He's somewhat narrow, so this saddle won't fit a wide-barrel horse. I think I got a regular tree width. I know it wasn't wide.
Dislikes: Nothing. It was exactly what I wanted for the price I wanted to pay.
Quality: Excellent quality for its price. It has in-skirt rigging with an extra piece of leather that prevents the underside of the fender from catching on the rigging. Rawhide-trimmed cantle, horn and stirrups. Silver conchos, also on horn and rear girth slots. Silver is only now beginning to tarnish after 9 years of neglect on my part(never polished). I took this saddle on a 5 day ride in the Ozarks in 2005 and it was great. Still using it regularly, and now my daughter has grown into it and will use it.
Summary: I hope I can get another Dakota barrel saddle outfitted the same way with a wide tree to fit my new young horse. Couldn't be happier with this purchase.
Usefulness Rating: 2.57143 out of 5.
7 reader(s) voted.
Rocking T Saddlery Paul Humphrey Barrel Saddle Barrel Saddles
JC Martin 15" Barrel Saddle Barrel Saddles
RS Saddlery Turquoise Barrel Saddle Barrel Saddles
Madcow Skull Rider Barrel Saddles
Teskey's Custom (Buster Welch tree) Barrel Saddles
Tex Tan 1997 Hereford Barrel Saddles
Hilason Treeless Trail Riding/Barrel Saddle Barrel Saddles
Martin Barrel Racer Barrel racer Barrel Saddles
double t saddles barrel saddles Barrel Saddles
Double J Saddlery Pozzi Pro Racer (standard tree) Barrel Saddles
G - G barrel saddle Barrel saddle Barrel Saddles
Circle Y Just-be-natural barrel saddle Barrel Saddles
Griffith 1499 Barrel Saddles
Corriente Saddle Co N/A Barrel Saddles
Double TT Barrel Saddle 6568 Barrel Saddles
frontier saddlery Bobby Stivers Barrel Saddles
Double J Saddlery Pozzi Pro Barrel Saddles
Circle Y Flex 2 Kelly Kiminski barrel saddle Barrel Saddles
Martin Sherry Cervi Barrel Saddle Barrel Saddles
Shiloh Saddlery (Cecil Phillips) Ed Wright Barrel Saddles