Manufacturer: Twister (View all products by Twister Saddles)
Model: Trophy Barrel Saddle (View all Trophy Barrel Saddle reviews)
Category: Barrel Saddles
Purchase: I won this saddle in 2005. It was given as a year-end award for All Around Cowgirl at a local youth rodeo association.
Likes: It is a very nice-looking saddle. Although not what I expected(they had told us our saddles would be exactly as the previous year's which were fully tooled, ours were plain old basket weave tooling with plain fenders). It is fairly comfy, for short rides. Also, it was a nice change from my old all-around saddle I'd been running barrels in for years.
Dislikes: After longer rides it gets rather uncomfortable. It took a while for my mom and I to put 2 and 2 together, but I had been having a few problems with a horse I was VERY comfortable running poles on, we realized my runs had been going downhill since I upgraded to the new saddle. Sure enough I went back to my old one and presto! they were back to normal. Over the few years I've had this saddle I've given it more chances and it just always ends with me saying I hate my saddle. It just doesn't give me a good seat, I can't "sit down" in the turns. It almost feels as if I'm sitting too far away from my horse's back.
Quality: The construction is fine, as far as I've ever noticed. The only thing I have an issue with is the placement of the D-ring for the girth. It sits farther back than any other saddle I've used, which may not be a problem to some but the horse I was riding at the time(he has now passed) always ran better with the saddle pulled forward as much as possible. With the D-ring where it was, you could position the saddle as far up as it would allow and it just wasn't the right fit for my horse. Also, as I mention above the seat doesn't allow for close contact to your horse.
Summary: I thought I was going to love my Twister saddle, however, I've come to hate it. I do use it to exercise a horse occasionally, or if I have a few horses at a show close together I'll use it. Maybe it's just the Twister barrel saddles, because my boyfriend has a roping saddle that he absolutely loves(he has just about worn it out). I don't know, I'll keep riding my very well worn in all-around saddle(hey, it IS a Billy Cook)!
Usefulness Rating: 2.9 out of 5.
10 reader(s) voted.
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
Circle Y Bob Marshal Treeless Barrel Saddles
Double T Barrel saddle Barrel Saddles