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post #11 of 26 Old 01-12-2011, 11:06 PM
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Thanks for the advice. I will probably still try out the second one as she boards at the same barn just to see what I think of it. I will probably hold out for a billy cook anyways. Can I ask though, what is the reason you guys don't like these saddles? Is it because of the make or price or other reasons? I just want to know what you are basing this off of.

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What would you guys think of a brand new Billy Cook 15 inch? Never been used, I saw it in one of our tack shops and fell in love. What would you pay for something like that? They wanted $1,195 for it in December. I almost bought it too as for the month of December they were selling everything with no tax on top. But I'm not really an impulse buyer so I didn't.
I don't like either of those brands because they are poorly made and cheap = cheap.

I would surely go for the Billy Cook for $1000+ you saw in your tack shop. If you take care of that saddle, you'll never have to buy another one again. It WILL last you decades to come.

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post #12 of 26 Old 01-13-2011, 06:10 PM
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I'm a circle y lifer. I LOVE them.

Martins, Caldwells and Double J's are super nice saddles tho.

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post #13 of 26 Old 01-13-2011, 06:18 PM
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American Saddlery saddles are not bad if you spend the money for the more expensive ones. The cheaper ones are cheaper for a reason. I purchased a closeout barrel saddle a couple of years ago from them and it has done me well. I eventually gave it to my cousin because she needed a nice starter saddle.

I will, however, agree with the others that you should find a nice Circle Y (never been a fan of the Billy Cooks, though). Also, look into Tex Tans. I LOVE those things. They can be pricey, but it is sooooo worth it.
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I will only ever own a Martin, Caldwell or Doube J.

Dont like Tex Tans. The newer Circle Ys are crap.
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\The newer Circle Ys are crap.

Are they really? That's sad. I've never been in a new one (I've always bought my Circle Ys used). What's bad about them?
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post #16 of 26 Old 01-13-2011, 09:23 PM
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Are they really? That's sad. I've never been in a new one (I've always bought my Circle Ys used). What's bad about them?
I dont buy new saddles either. I prefer them to be broke in.

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Are they really? That's sad. I've never been in a new one (I've always bought my Circle Ys used). What's bad about them?
The older ones are very nice.

Cheaply stitched...leather quality...jockeys are too staight up IMO
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Have to agree with everyone else. A friend's daughter is a pretty hardcore barrel racer. She got an American Saddle brand new & the stitching started coming apart the 1st year. Besides for that price you can get a really nice used saddle that will last a long time. My Court's & my sister's old Cecil Phillips both were under $500 used.
Also with Billy Cooks & Circle Y's, no matter how old they are usually someone will want to buy them if you ever need to get rid of them.

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post #19 of 26 Old 01-13-2011, 11:07 PM
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Dont like Tex Tans. The newer Circle Ys are crap.
While I do agree that the newer Circle Y's are not the quality that they used to be in the older models, I think they are still good quality saddles for the price. I HAVE a newer Circle Y and I love it. Great saddle; never had a problem with it, and I take super great care of it so it is going to always be in my barn.

And I love Tex Tan too. But everyone has their saddle preferences.

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While I do agree that the newer Circle Y's are not the quality that they used to be in the older models, I think they are still good quality saddles for the price. I HAVE a newer Circle Y and I love it. Great saddle; never had a problem with it, and I take super great care of it so it is going to always be in my barn.

And I love Tex Tan too. But everyone has their saddle preferences.
IMO its kinda hit or miss with the new ones.

Im a huge fan of the older Circle Y Martha Joseys
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