Model: Trophy Barrel Saddle
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: 3.25 out of 5.
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