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  • 50 year old billy cook barrel saddle
  • Barrel saddle with pink hearts

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    08-24-2011, 06:20 PM
Anyone use/have this?

Someone posted a link to these saddles and they caught my eye. I am looking for a saddle, cheaper one obviously, and someone said they love their saddle from here.

Barrel Racing

I am looking for a barrel racing saddle, I don't compete a LOT but I ride all the time, I'm a college student, and paying for board so I don't have a lot of money to spend on a saddle and was looking for some opionions on these or if you have any suggestions on how to find a good cheap saddle, or any leads to good used saddles that are like $500 or less?

Thanks everyone
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    08-25-2011, 08:49 AM
Buy a used saddle. Those are cheap saddles that will most likely fall apart and not fit your horse. My friend had the double T saddle, the one with the pink hearts. It didn't fit her horse at all, and it just looked fake. The back cinch hole wasn't even cut out. You can find plenty of nice brand used saddle for$ 500 or even less. Check craigslist, horseclicks, and ebay.
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    08-25-2011, 09:28 AM
^^^^^^^^100% agree. A used name brand saddle is a far better choice than a cheap new one. A plus-factor is that a used saddle is already broken in from it's being a new stiff leather one. Just be sure to check the riggings from wear-checking at the dee-rings and stirrup fender leathers. Happy shopping!!
    08-25-2011, 10:51 PM
Ok thanks guys, I was just looking on ebay quick and found a SIMCO? Is that a good brand? Any recommended brands?
    08-25-2011, 11:09 PM
Simco is good. Billy cook, circle y, Tex tan. Those are the brands sitting in my tack room so the only ones I can think of lol. But I have ridden in a simco, it wasn't bad.
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    08-26-2011, 08:24 AM
I love hereford saddles....Im on the hunt for one myself.
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    08-26-2011, 09:49 PM
Green Broke
Ditto to what everyone has said.

Look for a used name brand saddle that has been taken care of. I'm actually finding the older a saddle is, the longer it will last (provided the owner took care of it). Mostly just because they made things good back then. We have an original Tex Tan barrel saddle that's about 50 years old now. The leather is still absolutely perfect on it.

Billy Cook, Tex Tan, and Circle Y would be my top 3 that I would recommend.
    09-02-2011, 10:36 AM
Green Broke
Just throwing this out there. Billy Cook, not so great. The leather is fairly cheap, and they aren't built that great. My friend had a brand new one, it fell apart pretty quick.
Circle Y and Tex Tan are great though!
    09-02-2011, 03:20 PM
Originally Posted by MangoRoX87    
Just throwing this out there. Billy Cook, not so great. The leather is fairly cheap, and they aren't built that great. My friend had a brand new one, it fell apart pretty quick.
Circle Y and Tex Tan are great though!
She probably bought the cheap one. The new ones from Greenville Texas are crap, the older ones are nice though. Mines like 20 years old. But the good billy cooks are from Oklahoma they still make the good ones.
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    09-15-2011, 05:37 PM
Another cheap brand that a lot of people I know use and I've used myself, and LOVED, before I bought my Billy Cook is Blue Ridge. They're pretty comfortable, affordable, and fit well.
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