I like the older Billy Cook saddles. The newer ones aren't nearly as well made, IMHO. Blame it on the INS. A few years ago they raided the saddle shop and almost all of the employees wound up getting deported. It was really sad, they were true master saddle makers. (I don't know why people run down Mexican saddles, when the ones I've seen were pretty nice.)
Ever since then, the saddles haven't been as nice, and the price shot up. Pooh! (And they don't make them in my size...double POOH!)
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