This post is part of a series exploring the 10 most popular saddles from Horse Saddle Shop over the first half of 2013.
#8: Billy Cook 2010 | Price: $1,362.50
previous post detailing the art and craftsmanship that Billy Cook brings to saddle making.
If you're looking at the Billy Cook 2010 barrel saddle, you either want to go fast or feel secure in the saddle. The 2010 will fill both roles whether in the arena or on the trail AND make you look good in the process.
When we talk barrel saddles, most American made, quality saddle manufacturers have similar designs and specifications. The difference is in the details.
So what can you expect from this 2010 barrel racer? Well, before we get to anything else, we have to address the incredible hand tooled half-breed Texas Oak tooling. "Half-breed" refers to the roughout fenders and jockey with grain out leather covering the rest of the saddle - pretty standard on a barrel saddle. But when you look closely, the tooling is very deep and detailed - the oak leaf pattern on the skirt has almost a 3D effect.
The tooling continues to the pommel and cantle where you'll find a thick, sliver rawhide lacing. We also noticed the straight stitching, showing the quality and craftsmanship of a Billy Cook saddle. We love the crisp, large Billy Cook stamp on the cantle just incase someone forgets what you're riding in!
Moving up to the seat, you'll find a black suede seat with a very detailed, white, quilted stitching pattern and a silver Billy Cook plaque. The suede seat, roughout leather, and 5" cantle team up to keep you in the seat around the turns.
You'll also appreciate the 1.75" laced horn with yet another Billy Cook cap on the top!
Not typically found in other barrel saddles is a C.J. rawhide covered tree for strength, durability, and a saddle that will last for a very long time. We also like the in skirt rigging for extra strength.
As far as barrel saddles go, this is one of the best. And for the price, you won't find many other saddles that match the quality of a Billy Cook.
You can get more information on this saddle over at HorseSaddleShop.com.