Originally Posted by Thundering Hooves View Post
Do you have Pics of the bridle?
I don't right now but can get some later today. It may actually be dry rotted... IDK. It's pretty darn stiff, feels brittle. I've not messed with it much because I didn't want it to crack. Gonna hang it up and clean and oil it today. It's a simple headstall with a braided brow band. I can also get pix of the bit and shanks with the makers mark if anyone thinks they can identify the maker.
Originally Posted by trailhorserider View Post
That's beautiful! I've never seen that diamond type basket weave pattern before.
I've seen one or two in the last four years or so. I don't usually see a Courts barrel saddle that's NOT a Camarillo saddle, and the resale on the non-Camarillo Courts saddles is all over the map - but it appears the lower end ones are the round skirt, mostly rough-out, not a lot of tooling type saddles. And most have a shredded horn wrap. This one is perfect... shows maybe... IDK 10% wear on the very edge? The look to have cheap conchos, tooling isn't as nice, etc. Then you have the square skirt ones like mine with a lot of tooling. Those are... a tidy penny in good shape, so I've got high hopes for this one.
Also - Stirrup leathers are a beefy 3" but are 'necked down' to a 2.5" up at the top where they're ran through the tree. I assume it was done because there wouldn't be room to run a wider leather through the tree, and also the thicker leather down low would hold up better to stretching and pulling going into turns - you see a lot of barrel saddles with one stirrup leather that's stretched and damaged, and the fender will start to tear at stress points from the turns. This one is perfect. Even the leather that covers the blevins buckles is perfect. Usually the cover is torn off or dry rotted and flapping around loose on one side.
If I understand correctly, the last owner trail rode in this one which would explain the lack of wear and tear typical to a barrel saddle that's been used in the manner for which it was intended. She was finally ready to 'let go' of it and I happened to get lucky and see it for sale.
It was her son in law who met me to deliver it... he explained no one else in the family did anything with horses, so they didn't need to keep it. In retrospect, I kinda wish I'd told him if she ever wants to talk about her horse, hit me up.