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I have been having major saddle issues with my Billy Cook Trail 1546 saddle. I sent it back to BC to evaluate after it left marks the size of the saddle bars on my geldings back. I shipped it to them 3 weeks ago today and they have had it since the following Wednesday and still no word from them on it.

I have looked at a bazillion saddles trying to find something that will fit Red.
A stable mate has a Steele and I tried it on Red one day. I found this Steele saddle on line this week and drove 2.5 hours to try it on my boy. :lol: I am sure Red thought "you hauled me this far to ride 10 minutes?:evil:" He is a good boy about hauling though. I asked some people on line what they thought about the fit and then bought it. I went and picked it up today. It is a 9 year old Steele Old Timer and I got it for $500 and that included a neoprene girth, leather breast straps and a Fabri-Tech gel pad.

If it works out I will keep it. If not, it is going! If you read this far I wish you my best wishes (it is a really GOOD wish) and an oatmeal cookie with a cafe au lait.
 

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:-oThat is a nice looking saddle!! Somebody took really good care of it - you got a deal, I'd say! It's already broken in and looks really comfy!
Congratulations! Hope it works for you and Red!
 

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Thanks y'all. I hope it works out. My boy has ugly white marks on his back now that I will be eternally sorry for. Sigh.....he wasn't swishing that tail when I rode with this but we only rode for about 5 minutes up and down. It is and has been raining every since I bought it so I haven't had time to try it.
 

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You Thief :lol::lol:
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Very Nice Saddle


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LOL it is about time something good happened for my boy, Kevin!! I might go riding this afternoon. I need to go buy a coat - I don't even own one as it is rarely cold here - but I am a sissy and riding in the cold is not for me.
 

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Oldtimer is a term for a ranch saddle. Old Time Ranch Western Saddles
might be but old timer is also a model of Steel Saddles, in company to a 'Plantation', 'Slick Fork', 'Classic', 'Frontier', 'Mountianier', 'Trail Boss' and 'Outlaw'

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the only reason i say that is b/c the one she bought sits lower in the front end, like that classic, regardless 500 is a steal of a deal on a steele saddle, and comfort

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Ok...it is not working out for me. It is a little wide in the twist for me and I can't seem to find a good rhythm in it. I like more pommels than this saddle has and so it is for sale. I would like what I have in it. I paid $500 and ran out $120 worth of gas chasing it down! So if I can get $620 I will be a happy camper!

I just bought Red an Aussie Saddle. The Billy Cook saddle is being replaced by Billy Cook, thank God. So by early January he should have 2 brand new saddles. I would still like to get a Steele with pommels - LOL I have become a tack collecting nut. My new found trail riding cousin said she can tell we are related - she is a tack nut too! I had become good friends with a girl on trail rides - turns out we are 2nd cousins I know her dad really well and her sister - just had never met her! Never know who you are going to meet on a trail ride!
 

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I believe the seat is Steele's large. It is about 18". My Billy Cook is a 16" western and this saddle fits me. As far as the tree, I don't know. I would have to ask Fred at Steele!
 

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If saddle does not work contact me at 502-706-0044 I would be interested.....did you but off craigslist from someone in New Iberia or something like that?

I will give you what you paid for it plus shipping.


I have been having major saddle issues with my Billy Cook Trail 1546 saddle. I sent it back to BC to evaluate after it left marks the size of the saddle bars on my geldings back. I shipped it to them 3 weeks ago today and they have had it since the following Wednesday and still no word from them on it.

I have looked at a bazillion saddles trying to find something that will fit Red.
A stable mate has a Steele and I tried it on Red one day. I found this Steele saddle on line this week and drove 2.5 hours to try it on my boy. :lol: I am sure Red thought "you hauled me this far to ride 10 minutes?:evil:" He is a good boy about hauling though. I asked some people on line what they thought about the fit and then bought it. I went and picked it up today. It is a 9 year old Steele Old Timer and I got it for $500 and that included a neoprene girth, leather breast straps and a Fabri-Tech gel pad.

If it works out I will keep it. If not, it is going! If you read this far I wish you my best wishes (it is a really GOOD wish) and an oatmeal cookie with a cafe au lait.
 

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I have decided to keep the saddle and at least ride it on one ride up at Ebenezer Park. I have only rode in it 1 hour so I guess I am not giving myself enough time to get used to the difference of the saddle's feel compared to my Billy Cook. My stable mate has a Steele and loves it. I only have $610 invested so I can hang with that. I will have 3 saddles for Red - a Billy Cook Western, a Steele and a Wizzard Poley. He will be a spoiled boy. Thanks for the interest.
 

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I will. We are hoping to ride next weekend but it is iffy now. My darling horse colicked today and is at the vets. :-(
 

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I rode in it the other day and find it a comfortable saddle but it seems a little wide to my pelvic bones. Someone suggested raising or lowering the stirrups so I am going to try that.

The weather has been so nasty I haven't been able to ride or when the weather was ok I was up to my elbows in powdered sugar and cake....I am a professional cake decorator and since cake pays for horses and saddles I can't turn it down!

I recently purchased an Aussie Saddle and haven't been able to use that either! Red's Billy Cook saddle is being replaced by Billy Cook, thank God, and it should be sent back to me in a week or so.

We are planning on going to Ebenenzer Park the first weekend in February, weather permitting and I will try to ride in all three saddles. We are planning on going back to the park on February 20, too, so hopefully I will get to use the saddles and see which ones I want to keep!
 
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