Ever Wondered About The Differences Between English & Western Saddles?

Western saddles are evident in rodeo events, barrel racing and equine shows throughout the United States but what are the differences between a traditional westernn saddle and English saddle? This post explains in detail.

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We hope that this post has helped you to distinguish the differences between an English style saddle and western saddle.

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Western Style Tack – Saddles & Associated Equipment

Hey everyone, welcome to my site. Here we encourage interaction from anyone who is interested in our wonderful sport of barrel racing. In this particular post I want to dicsuss common views about barrel racing and barrel tack in particular, since it’s a very popular topic on just about every barrel racing forum out there!

Western style barrel saddles for example are the latest trend to be utilised by the various tack suppliers throughout the United States and I for one happen to be a huge fan of these products, particularly the range of saddlery which anyone can buy over the net for between $300 and 450 bucks. This is a reasonable price range for most hore poor, horse owners and allows all of us to be able to at least go some way to emulating our heroes and heroines who grace the dirt surfaced barrel racing circuits.

western style barrel racing saddleThis example to the left is a very popular option for may young female racers, showing the distinctive zebra print emblazoned on the seat and fenders as well as the breastcollar too.

Oh yes fellas, barrel racing has always been one of the few female dominated sports which have stood the test of time since the late 1940′s when the men folks worked on the farm and the ladies filled their spare time barrel participating in barrel racing events throughout Texas, where the sport was born. Since then professonal riders such as Brenda Mays and Kassidy Dennison have made a very nice living by entertaining hoge crowds at rodeos the length and breadth of the country, celebrities that many of us truly aspire to.

One of the great things about our sport is the way in which riders of all ages and skill levels can participate at various levels, from novice to seasoned rider. Practicing the skills required that’s needed to become a competent rider can be carried out on the farm at weekends. It takes a lot of skill to navigate the cloverleaf shape around the series of barrels which are arranged at set distances apart to allow for a uniform playing field for all.

the saddles themselves usually comprise of a raised cantle and larger fork to help with rider control under fast twisting and rapid stopping. The stirrups used on barrel saddles are always shorter than you would be used to on a traditional western saddle to provide the rider with easier control of the horse during sharp turns.

proper attire needs to be worn also by the competitors which also helps to keep with the all American traditions since the days of the hard working cowhands.

The many rodeos throughout the country play host to these thrilling barrel racing events every weekend throughout the spring and summer months, drawing crowds of up to 25,000 at any time. Long live barrel racing!