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i have to barrel saddle. they are my babies dont have a horse any more but i cant seem to part with my saddles lol. the dark oil one is a billy cook. not one of the new cheep leather billy cooks but an older one, one that has the nice leather.i was given the saddle by a friend of the famlies wen i started barrel racing on her horse nobody used the saddle for years. it has deep floral tooling on the cantal,pummal, skirt and hoof pick pouch thing. the fenders and jockies are what i think they call rough out like split grain leather feels like swade. a swade seat. the horn is rawhide laced. on the back of the cantal is rawhide laces with silver. and the stirupps are rawhide laced with leather. the conchos are a deep floral tooling. it broken in and sooooooo comfortabul i just love this saddle it fits every horse i put it on and i won nbha 2d youth state champion in this saddle so it has sentimental value too. ok now i told you the good thins about it let me tell you the bad things. it has an mystery stain across the seat wich i was told was deer blood but knowing the source im kinda inclined not to beleive it. the horn cap went missing shortley after i aquired the saddle and the conchoes are not really shiney they look like stainless steel and the saddle is a bitch to keep clean because every thing stays in the deep tooling and you cant get to it.
the other saddle is an NBHA tex tan bought it brand new only rode in it 12 or so times the stirrups ar not even turned. not much to say about that its still in awsome shape.
ok sience i cant fine any info on the billy cook nor can i find one like it was just wondering what it would be worth. some thing is only worth what the highest bidder would pay for it i know that but what would you guys really pay for something like this im just really curious to know. i know how much the tex tan was when i bought it cuz its only 5 years old im more intrested in the billy cook but tell me bout both. i have no plans on getting rid of eather saddles im just curious. or if you could tell me mor on the billy cook like year it was made and how many produced that be cool to. thanks
I was shopping for barrel saddle for almost 6 months. You could say I became an expert! There are two things here that I need to know before I can actually price them but I will do my best. 1.) How are the trees? Are the trees wobbly or are the extremely sturdy? 2.) What size seat do they have? Believe it or not, this actually does matter a lot. Although I do see a lot of 14' going for a great price, a lot of people really can't fit in them or won't want to fit in them. Same with a 17', this is also an out of the ordinary size, however, since they are barrel saddles, this is rare and might actually make it a quick sell for somebody who has been searching for this size.
Now, the billy cook I really like. I honestly think that you should ask 650$ for it (assuming the tree is all sturdy.). Why? Because there are tons of "old-style-die-hard" billy cook fans. Not to mention you want to leave room for negotiation. I think you will get 500$ for it. When I was searching for a saddle I would of bought that billy cook from you for $500 if I knew it was semi-qh bars but I'm pretty sure it's not. And I would think I got a deal.
Ok, so that Tex Tan is really nice. Again, assuming that the tree is sturdy, I would ask 800$, also leaving room for negotiation. I see a lot of these selling and they generally selling pretty fast.
Remember that the seat size and other small things can easily lower OR higher the price of a saddle by 100$.
If you haven't been there, go to facebook and look for the group "Barrel Racing Tack Swap". Join it! It's awesome and you can list your saddles there, you will be posting to the correct audience. Don't forget if you do sell here, don't ship out until you receive the money!