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13" to 17" Circle Y KK Big Star Barrel Saddle 1521

13" to 17" Circle Y KK Big Star Barrel Saddle 1521

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Circle Y KK Big Star Barrel Saddle 1521

Made In The USA The ALL-NEW KK Big Star features turquoise star conchos, our all-new yucca border tool, 1/2 geometric quilted diamond tooling in vintage finish, and our tried-and-true Flex2 tree. The Flex2 tree provides added freedom of movement and comfort for the horse, combined with a deep seat for the rider. This saddle was designed by Kelly Kaminski!


  • The barrel racer who is looking for a deep-pocketed seat to stay in position throughout those deep tight turns.
  • The barrel racer who is looking to become more stationary throughout their run from the 5” cantle and 12” swell.
  • The horse that needs a more balanced fit that is provided by our 7/8” In-Skirt rigging.
  • The horse that needs more freedom of movement through their shoulder during runs.


  • Featuring our KK Flex2 tree, the Big Star barrel saddle provides a locked-in feeling.
  • Roughout seat jockeys, fenders, and seat provides added stick and security through runs.
  • Short skirts fit well on a short-backed, compact-built horse.
  • The Turquoise Star conchos are custom to Circle Y and provide the perfect pop of color to this ultra-lite and walnut natural beauty.


  • 7/8” In-Skirt rigging is the most commonly used because it provides enough stability to the front of the saddle without interfering with movement!
  • The KK Flex2 tree comes in two fits, regular and wide. If you have questions about saddle fit, contact Circle Y customer service or your local Circle Y authorized dealer!
  • Hardseat saddles are a timeless choice and are known for their unmatchable comfortability once broke in.


  • The placement of the saddle on the horse’s back is important to function and comfort. The correct saddling position places the front edge of the bar BEHIND the horse’s shoulder blade. This is the sweet spot where the saddle will rest comfortably without interfering with the horse’s movement.
  • Here at Circle Y, we take saddle fit seriously! Often, we see riders over-padding on a well-fitting saddle. This can lead to poor saddle fit, saddle sores, and a sore back! It’s a good rule of thumb to always check your fit and adjust pad width sizing accordingly!
  • Have you evaluated your horse’s topline conformation? A weak topline can lead to poor saddle fit. Horses with hollows behind the shoulder, asymmetry, prominent spines, swaybacks, and downhill builds need correctional pads to ensure proper fit. Check out our correction pads at Reinsman Equestrian today to ensure your horse’s comfort or call our customer service team for more info!


  • 10 Year Tree Warranty, 1 Year Craftsmanship Warranty.
  • If at any point your saddle is showing damage, call our customer service team to receive prompt repair and guidance!


  • Every new saddle has been oiled and then finished with a protective finish, which means you don’t need to oil it for about six months. If you’re riding a lot in dry or variable weather conditions, you should oil it sooner. The protective finish is water-based so your leather can breathe, so do not use detergent-based, solvent, or harsh cleaning products. Rub the leather gently, and do not scrub vigorously with soap and water. For more information, please see your warranty card, or contact a Circle Y representative!


    • Seat Size: 13", 13.5", 14", 14.5", 15", 16", 17"
    • Color: Vintage
    • Tooling: 1/2 Geo Stamp
    • Tree: Flex2 Regular and Wide
    • Silver: Iron Vine conchos
    • Rigging: 7/8 In-Skirt C
    • Swell Width: 12"
    • Cantle Height: 5"
    • Horn Size: 3" Neck, 2 3/4" Cap
    • Skirt Size: 13" D x 25" L

    Special Features

    Circle Y Flex2

    The Flex2 tree has a rigid ground seat with a dual bar system that provides both stability and flexibility where it's needed. This tree is available for riders of all sizes and has proven over time to fit a large variety of horses.

  • Western Saddle Seat Size Calculator

    Please try our new seat sizing tool to find your size

    Calculated Seat Size Shown Below

    Please select your body shape:

    Do you prefer a tighter Barrel Fit?

    Are you fitting for a Tucker Saddle?

    Calculated Seat Size:

    There is a lot of room for personal preference with seat sizing, but as a general rule it is better to error on the side of ordering a seat size that is too large rather than erring on the side of a seat that will be too small.

    Things to Consider

    • Tucker adds 1/2inch to their seat sizes (due to thick seat padding)
      16.5” Tucker = 16” normally

    • Barrel riders usually take 1” less on the seat size
      16” Trail Rider = 15” Barrel Rider

    • Ranch (slick seats) usually ride smaller (1/2inch seat size) so they don’t slide around
      16” is for most men, 15” for most women

    • Trail Saddles with High Cantles (5”) make the seat sizes feel smaller
      Trail Saddle with 5” cantle will feel smaller in the seat than one with a 3.5” cantle

    • English Saddles don’t convert exactly but often are 2” bigger
      18” English = 16” Western

    • Riders with inseams under 30” or 5’ tall and under often need custom cut fenders
      Tall riders with long legs but lighter weight may need custom cut fenders as well

    Checking the Fit

    • General Guideline is about 3 fingers between your thigh and the swell.

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