I'm upgrading my western show saddle and I have no clue what brand to get. Right now I have a dark oil Circle Y, I hate it! I want a light oil, 15.5 to 16", full QH bars, and most importantly will last a long time! (10 years). I found 4 that I love, I have no clue what ones are better.
Saddle 1: A Showman Saddle, new last year and is light oil and is a 16" Full QH. $825...used.
Saddle 2: A Billy Cook 16". Has close contact cut out skirts, Montana Silver, but a faux back cinch, it is a sunflower oil, has a rawhide covered tree, low horn. It doesn't say the tree size. $1500...used
Saddle 3: A JT International Royal Silver (or Silver Royal) saddle. Sunflower oil, low horn, 16", Full Qh, Lots of tooling. Priced at $995
Saddle 4: I can't remember the brand, the logo is a Circle with an "A" inside. It is very light oil, 16", Montana Silver. Priced at $1600...new
TELL ME WHAT YOU THINK, RECOMMENDATIONS. BAD AND GOOD SADDLES. MY PRICE RANGE IS $800 TO $1800