Zebra Barrel Saddles
Manufacturer: Double T
Model: Zebra Barrel Saddles
Category: Barrel Saddles
Purchase: I bought this unit online at horse.com. I've bought small units from their site before like fly spray in mass amounts and utilities like hose nozzles, but this was my first big purchase. I paid 425, after shipping and handling and taxes. I bought it because I run barrels on my 4H team and other local circuits. I was told that it would work on my tricky-to-fit, high-withered, Araloosa gelding.
Likes: I liked the saddle's appearance. The zebra seat is perfect for young competitors who want the extra, fun flash in the barrel ring. It went well with my bright pink gymkhana stuff (tiedown, bell boots, bridle). The horn was wrapped in grippy black tape of some sort (tape doesn't do it justice, I don't know how to describe it... a foam maybe?) Anyways, it was helpful for the home stretch in barrels when I need something to hold onto.
Dislikes: I REALLY did not like the overall feel of this saddle. The leather was very, very stiff, and uncomfortable to ride in. The seat provided little to no cushion for the rider, and the stirrups fell off more than once when rounding sharp turns during 3D barrels. (And no, it was not due to poor use of materials on my part, I double check all my equipment before a run.)Luckily, I managed to stay on both times, but it wasn't exactly safe or fun, like barrels are supposed to be.
Quality: The construction of this saddle was the absolute worst I have ever seen. The tree was crooked - it sat lopsided on my horses back and threw off his strides the few times I used it on him (before I realized it was absolute crap and sent it back.)The leather was slapped haphazardly onto the frame, and often had rough edges where it had not been trimmed properly at the factory. The small amounts of "tooling" along the bottom of the skirt were not even carved in - they were like cutouts, pasted into grooves in the saddle, which threatened to peel out after the first ride. The small amounts of silver also had sharp corners and were peeling away from the saddle - they were not shiny and weren't really silver - they were more like tin.
Summary: I DO NOT recommend that you get this saddle. At all. DO. NOT. GET. THIS. SADDLE. More likely than not, it will ruin your horses back and possibly cause some painful falls. It is unsafe, un-aesthetic, and an overall bad product.
Author: Anonymous Reviewer
Usefulness Rating: 4 out of 5.
5 reader(s) voted.
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