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post #11 of 19 Old 03-13-2013, 08:38 PM
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Southern knows his saddles. I , too, wouldn't think it worth more than 6-700$. Looks a little like a Billy Cook. but , I dont' know saddles that well.
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well, I might email her and see if she'd consider taking $600 IF it fits me and the horse. Take a look at it in person and go from there.

First thing I'd need to do is put longer strings on it... those silly little things are useless!
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Update: Apparently it's a "Cavalier" and she purchased in in Grande Prairie for over $2000 a couple years ago. It's barely used (which I believe), but I can't find much about cavalier saddles on the internet - except for a kijiji ad out on the east coast where a girl is asking $1600 for hers (has more silver though).

She said she'd go down to $1000 but I think I'll just stick at $600 and let her take it or leave it lol. I don't want junk.... but I do have a friend who repairs saddles and could get him to take a look at it.

I am moving south this spring and can always wait and pick up a secondhand Circle Y or Billy Cook or something good... but we'll see what she says I suppose
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Like Southern Trails said, the "silver" was an after thought, most likely the electro-plate silver sets that Montana Silversmiths sell. That wouldn't increase the value much, if at all.(unless it was true sterling) The tooling on the leather looks like it came out of a clicker machine rather than hand tooled. Like you said, I would wait and get something better. Good luck saddle shopping!

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I'm a little confused though... I do see that the silver looks like an afterthought... but then the silver where the back cinch attaches deffinitely ISN'T, right?

So they just added extra or what?
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The oblong silver ring for the rear cinch looks correct, the rest was added after the saddle was tooled

See how this saddle has details to enhance the area around the corner plates? This is how it should be done Randy Paul Hard Seat Show Reiner 16 inch

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thanks :)
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Cavalier is a Canadian wholesaler only. They don't make anything. I'm not sure the silver is an add on. When these corner plates were first being added, the factories put them on over top of the tooling and they didn't necessarily follow the contours of the skirts. That changed to meet marketing demands - "new and improved". It looks much like Circle Y's Park and Trail model. It is a low level show saddle with it's dark color and lack of silver on the forks. In Canada top dollar would be $750 if it has a 16" seat.
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Thanks Saddlebag!

She swears she paid $2000 for it... but who knows I suppose

The rear silver on the top looks really crappy to me :p doesn't even really fit the contours of the saddle. But ah well.

I offered her $600 and haven't heard back - told her to get back to me if she wanted to sell it. I definitely like the looks of it... I like darker coloured saddles and like I said before, I almost feel like it has too MUCH silver already lol.

PS: Saddlebag, I noticed you said on a different thread that you live/used to live in Lethbridge? I went to school there for 3 years :)
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