Manufacturer: American Saddlery
Model: Ekto Five
Category: Barrel Saddles
Purchase: I bought this saddle from tacksouth.com for $478.
Likes: This was my first barrel saddle since I was just beginning to barrel race and I didn't quite want to dump $2,500 into a saddle I wasn't sure I was going to use a lot yet. It was comfortable from day one and I like how you sit in the saddle and not pitched forward like some barrel saddles. It has held up incredibly well for such an inexpensive saddle and still looks nice. I recommend the swept back swells like this saddle has for the beginner barrel racer. They help keep you where you need to be when you're just starting out. I would rather go to a saddle without them now since I have become a better rider, but they are good for the beginner, I think.
Dislikes: I wish the saddle would have come with aluminum stirrups as these stirrups are slippery and I have lost them in the middle of a run. It is also difficult to get the stirrups to develop a henley twist which I wish the saddle had just came with originally. I have done a lot of soaking, oiling and broom handling and they still lie flat! That can be annoying.
Quality: The saddle came very dry. I had to do A LOT of oiling to make it look like real leather. Face it, you buy a cheaper saddle and the leather will not be great. However, I believe the saddle and the leather hold up very well to wear.
Summary: For the money, I think this saddle is adequate bang for your buck. I think this saddle is ideal for the beginning barrel racer. I will now be trading up for a Martin saddle (since I'm now convinced that this is something I will be doing a lot of) but if you're just starting out and not sure if you want to spend $2,500 on a new saddle yet, then this is the saddle for you. It will carry you well and hold up to all your new training and hours of practice.
Usefulness Rating: 0 out of 5.
1 reader(s) voted.
Other Reviews You May Find Interesting
Circle Y Bob Marshal Treeless Barrel Saddles
Double T Barrel saddle Barrel Saddles
Nash Saddle 30701 Out West Barrel Saddle Barrel Saddles
Crates Ladies Light Versatility Barrel Saddles
martin crown c Barrel Saddles
Bob Marshall Sports Saddle Basic Barrel Saddle Barrel Saddles
Corriente Saddle Co Barrel Saddle Barrel Saddles
Oak Ridge Saddle Co. 12" Rough out barrel saddle Barrel Saddles
Double T Zebra Barrel Saddles Barrel Saddles
Tahoe Cow Print Barrel Saddles
Ozark Saddle King of Texas Rodeo Star Barrel Saddles
Billy Cook 1524 Genuine Barrel Saddles
RH Horton Barrel Saddle Barrel Saddles
Chicks Saddlery Silver Royal Randall Barrel Saddles
Circle Y Proven Edition Barrel Saddles
Alamo Chocolate Barrel Racer Barrel Saddles
Teskeys Ultimate Barrel Saddle Barrel Saddles
Bobbt Stivers Saddlery Frontier Saddlery Barrel Saddle Barrel Saddles
Alamo Honeycomb Barrel Saddle Barrel Saddles
Big Horn 1563 Barrel Saddles