When riding in Western style it is very important for the saddle to be designed to keep the rider secure and to make riding in gallop smooth. That is why the barrel saddle is the main part of the equipment. There are two things that are very important. First is that the saddle should fit on the horse’s back. Second is that it bethe right seat for the rider.
There is a noticable difference between different saddles. This is because of their different application (riding or racing). The ones that are used for racing are deeper. They have a hip hugger which makes the rider secure. The difference is according to the size and the weight. The barrel saddles are smaller in size and lighter than the other ones. There are saddles which have stirrups that help the riders when racing.
When riding a horse, the first thing people must learn is to put on the saddle. It should be made carefully because if the rider doesn’t put the saddle correctly, the horse’s back can be damaged. If that happens, then the pain can cause irritation and insubordination. The back cinch is a kind of belt that keeps the saddle up on the horse’s back and prevents the rider from falling off. It should be tight, but not too tight because that can make horses angry. When the rider puts the saddle on and tightens the cinch, he/she should let the horse take a breath.
There are different types of barrel saddles. They can be separated by size and by designs. Nowadays, there is a fashion of saddles. In the past, saddles were only black and white and now there are different colors with different elements. It is a mistake to take an expensive fashionable saddle. In most of the cases they are good-looking but not comfortable. When participating in a race, the most important thing is the rider to be safe enough and to fit well to the saddle. The best choice is the really well made saddle. Even the old or second hand saddles are better choice because the fur has settled down.