Manufacturer: American Saddlery
Model: Dinero Barrel Saddle
Category: Barrel Saddles
Purchase: I was looking for my first barrel saddle, and saving up. $550 was ALOT at the time, and I ended up only paying half of it. My mother paid the other half. We bought it from State Line Tack. As it turns out, $550 makes for a cheap saddle.
Likes: I liked it because it was my first actual barrel saddle. I was a little kid at the time; I knew not of saddle fit, leather quality, or how to clean a saddle properly. None of those factors stood in my way, because I had no idea that they even existed. I had never seen or touched a saddle of good quality, and had nothing to go by. Now that I'm older, I can see where we went wrong. The only real reason I liked it was because I had never sat in a leather saddle (I had always ridden in synthetic saddles) and that it had a nice deep seat. It was also my first barrel saddle. It held me in, and I didn't lose my stirrups anymore.
Dislikes: Now that I see it put up against my Billy Cook, I can see the differences in quality. The tooling on the Billy Cook looks as if it's actually woven, (basket weave) while the Dinero's tooling, which is also basket weave, seems to have flattened. Literally. It's cheap stamping, I would hardly consider it to be tooling. The stirrups are way too thin, and I hold that partly responsible for me loosing balance constantly. I could never break into the stirrups. I poled them, soaked them in leather conditioner and even twisted them all the way around. They STILL lie flat. I never realized how badly it fit my horse until I saw what a good fitting saddle looked like.
Quality: In general, poor. It's not the worst I've seen or used, but I wouldn't recommend it for anyone. The leather is starting to dry and crack, and I can't find anything to bring it back. I've oiled it so much that I used half of my leather conditioner on it, and it still refuses to soften up or restore itself.
Summary: Don't waste your time or money.
Author: Hannah M.
Usefulness Rating: 1.85714 out of 5.
7 reader(s) voted.
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