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post #11 of 33 Old 01-27-2011, 11:38 PM
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I have to kick in that you would want an older Billy Cook. The new ones...meh...not so much.

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i just thought i'd throw in that my FAVORITE is Bighorn!! LOVE my bighorn! next would be either Tex-Tan or some of the older Circle Y's, my mom's circle Y is really holding up and she only paid 360$ for it.


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I have to kick in that you would want an older Billy Cook. The new ones...meh...not so much.
I remember (not sure if it's true though) there are 2 different places to make Billy Cook. One still hold the quality very high, other one is junk (and I believe both in US like one in TX and one in AL or something like that). There was a post here while back about it...

My only concern about older saddles (and some are awesome, no question on that) is the tree - if it has any deformities and/or cracks in it. I think most consignment stores give some kind of "warranty" that they checked it, but in private sales you just never know (unless you are very experienced).
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KV, from my understanding, it is the Billy Cooks that are made in TX that are the worse quality.

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I would also like to throw in another shameless plug for the Corriente Saddle Co.
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I love the Corriente's! I think they make a very good working saddle.
I looked at their website, and holy schmoley!!! I love to have one of those saddles. I don't know if I will have the finances to buy a $700 saddle, but maybe they would have some around the $450-$500 price range? I think their work looks amazing, and shipping is going to be a killer . I'll definately keep Corrientes in mind though.

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My only concern about older saddles (and some are awesome, no question on that) is the tree - if it has any deformities and/or cracks in it. I think most consignment stores give some kind of "warranty" that they checked it, but in private sales you just never know (unless you are very experienced).
I'm pretty sure I will be buying one from one of the area sale barns. My instructor will be my experienced eye when deciding. If it comes down to 2-3 saddles, his opinion on quality will be my biggest deciding factor.
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I don't know that they have anything that cheap. As far as I know, their base price is like $650 and anything special is added onto that.

You can occasionally find one used on ebay though.

They may be someone that you can just keep in mind for future use.

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The corriente barrel saddles are between that $450-500 mark. I am hoping to get one this summer. (and that's delivered)
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post #19 of 33 Old 01-29-2011, 12:18 AM
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Roughout Big Horn Roping...

Anyone know anything about this saddle?
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Yes, it is actually kind of a scam. See, they call it a Big Horn...not a bighorn. Therefore, it has a big. horn. It isn't a brand name saddle. My friend got scammed into buying one (well, she is an easy mark!) and sent it back because the leather was junk.
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