Manufacturer: American Saddlery
Model: Bear Trap Competitor Barrel Saddle
Category: Barrel Saddles
Purchase: I purchased this saddle from Horse.com and paid $599. I needed a secure western saddle for training my four year old 16h paint gelding. I looked at several different types of western/english saddles. I decided on this model because it's very well balanced, closer contact, high cantel, bear trap pommel, and not too heavy.
Likes: I really like this saddle. It's an excellent value for the price I paid. My horse has a lot of suspension like a warmblood horse, and this saddle keeps my butt in the saddle at the canter instead of slipping over the edge of the cantel. My horse is built slightly downhill as well, so I have a tendency to fall forward, but I can get leverage with my thighs using the pommels. These pommels will be a great help if my horse stumbles down a hill, and I have more leverage/security in case he spooks, bolts, or spins.
Dislikes: Like many less expensive western saddles, the seat does not have much padding, but I can fix this using a Cashel seat pad. If I could make a suggestion to the manufacturer it would be to use more padding and a heavier suede leather in the seat. I would gladly pay more for this feature.
Quality: Very good quality for the money paid. No defects and quality workmanship. Again, better suede leather and padding in the seat would be appreciated.
Summary: Very pleased with the saddle. It has all the features I need for training my young horse. Excellent value at a reasonable price.
Author: Linda from Chaska, MN
Usefulness Rating: 2.5 out of 5.
6 reader(s) voted.
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