Manufacturer: Dakota Saddlery (View all products by Dakota Saddlery)
Model: Dakota Barrel (View all Dakota Barrel Saddle reviews)
Category: Barrel Saddles
Purchase: I bought my Dakota barrel saddle second hand from a friend in 1999. It was barely used, and I had been with her when she purchased it new. My horse at the time was older and needed his weight shifted back off of his front legs. I also thought that it would be more relaxed and comfortable to ride Western than English for hours on trail. The saddle cost $450.
Likes: This is a great saddle for medium tall to tall women. During the five years that I have owned this saddle I have run gymkhana, clocked many trail miles, and had it in the ocean several times. Very secure, without too much leather between horse and rider. Close contact for a Western saddle. It fits every horse from a 13.3 pony to a Belgian Draft. My saddle even has it's own little fan club. It has seen a lot of use, but still cleans up well enough to ride in the rodeo parade.
Dislikes: The fenders were stiff for a long time, it actually took an ocean soaking, with two hour wet ride back to the trailer for them to finally turn.
Quality: The saddle is fairly light. Good withers clearence up front, haven't found a horse that the saddle has rubbed. The only thing that I have had to replace are the little straps that tie around down by the stirrups because I lost one.
Summary: This is a really good saddle that did not cost a fortune. Highly useable piece of equipment.
Usefulness Rating: 2.66667 out of 5.
9 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