This post is part of a series exploring the 10 most popular saddles from Horse Saddle Shop over the first half of 2013.
#6: Billy Cook 1777 | Price: $1492.50
Billy Cook Genuine Trail saddle 1777 comes in at #6 on our list of Top 10 saddles for 2013.
The 1777 has been a top seller at Horse Saddle Shop for the past few years. It was added to the Billy Cook trail saddle lineup a few years ago and made a dramatic entrance into our Top 10 list only months after its release.
An eye catching saddle, we were first drawn to the classic lines that Billy Cook kept with this saddle. The long saddle strings not only provide ample space for trail essentials, but they give this saddle a more traditional look - something we find very attractive in a trail saddle.
The 1777 comes in a couple different color combinations, but the pecan color that's pictured is stunning.
We really like that Billy Cook did not go overboard with the tooling on this saddle. Its hand stamped, deep waffle boarder is just enough to make a statement and add to the traditional look without sending it overboard. And if there was ever a question that this was a genuine Billy Cook saddle, you can just point the doubters to the 5+ Billy Cook stamped logos that adorn this beauty!
When talking trail saddles, we have to talk seats! The 1777 comes with a smooth padded seat with white stitching that really pops. You'll be happy with the 5" cantle for back support on those long trail rides.
One of the details that Billy Cook continues to honor is the inclusion of a latigo leather flank strap instead of nylon and pre-twisted fenders.
This saddle is built on a strong, rawhide covered tree special made with trail riders in mind. It also features 7/8 position in skirt rigging and 2" bell sewn stirrups.
We keep a consistent stock of 1777 saddles, but as is true with most Billy Cook saddles, any custom orders can take a significant amount of time to get made. But if you're looking for a quality saddle that will last for generations, something you can pass down to your children and grandchildren, Billy Cook is an excellent choice and well worth the wait.
You can get more information on this saddle and see a video review over at HorseSaddleShop.com.