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post #11 of 45 Old 11-13-2012, 11:21 AM
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They originally wanted $700 and I offered $500 and then they said $650 and I got them down to $600 eventually but they won't budge any lower than that :/
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Then I would see if they would do the needed repairs in the purchase price, or I'd keep looking.

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post #12 of 45 Old 11-13-2012, 11:29 AM
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Not knowing your area, I wouldn't pay over $450 or $500 for the saddle in it's well used condition. In your area of the country, it may very well be worth the $600 but I would be very very sure of the condition, especially the tree.

If it fits you AND your horse, I might be tempted to pay a little more then the going price. It would have to fit perfectly or I would pass.

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Not knowing your area, I wouldn't pay over $450 or $500 for the saddle in it's well used condition. In your area of the country, it may very well be worth the $600 but I would be very very sure of the condition, especially the tree.

If it fits you AND your horse, I might be tempted to pay a little more then the going price. It would have to fit perfectly or I would pass.
augh..EVERYTHING in california is super expensive. ): How do I know if the tree is in good condition?
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Put the saddle on the ground with the horn end touching and the cantle end up in the air. Push down on the cantle and see if there is any movement. If there is flex, the tree is probably cracked.

The chances are rather slim unless the saddle was really over stressed as in steer roping or if it was really abused. That is the reason why good quality used saddles hold their value. A cheap saddle in that condition (even if it made it to that condition) isn't worth $100.

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Put the saddle on the ground with the horn end touching and the cantle end up in the air. Push down on the cantle and see if there is any movement. If there is flex, the tree is probably cracked.

The chances are rather slim unless the saddle was really over stressed as in steer roping or if it was really abused. That is the reason why good quality used saddles hold their value. A cheap saddle in that condition (even if it made it to that condition) isn't worth $100.
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I would go $500 on it maybe $600 if it fit you and the horse well, but in my area a good penning/cutting saddle is hard to find, different parts of the country makes a big difference in decision making, personally since I have been searching as well, I would buy it where I am located for the asking price w/ the billet repairs, because you just can't find them
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In my personal opinion, it is worth the $600. It appears to be a cutting saddle and one of the original Billy Cook saddles. The saddle stamp appears to OK and that is where Billy started from many years ago.

Be sure the tree is solid and not broken: no play in the bars, pommel or cantal area. Trun the saddle upside down and be sure the pannels are equal on both sides, that ware is equal. Take a piece of string and run from the center of the horn on the under side to the back lace of the saddle and besure each side is equal all the way.

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Around here it would go for between $400 & $600 in the condition it's in, but used Billy Cook saddles seem hard to find. I would ask around to see how much the repairs would cost, and go from there.

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post #19 of 45 Old 11-13-2012, 01:25 PM
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600 is pretty dang cheap for a cutter.
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post #20 of 45 Old 11-13-2012, 01:44 PM
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A good used saddle goes for ~50% of new price. New, a Billy Cook cutting saddle sells between $1,100 - $1,300. This saddle in lower condition so $600 is top price for it.

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