Manufacturer: Billy Cook Saddlery (View all products by Billy Cook Saddlery)
Model: Feather Barrel Racer (View all Feather Barrel Racer reviews)
Category: Barrel Saddles
Purchase: I bought my rough out barrel saddle from the Simco Longhorn website. I paid around $1,040 for it. Using the Simco Longhorn website was convenient and easy, I must have e-mailed the company 5 or 6 times with questions and each time I had a detailed message back.
Likes: I had my doubts in the beginning. I loved the idea of rough out, but I knew it would stain easily being light colored, and I was worried that it would make my pants ride up. Those were my only two concerns. Now that it is broken in I absolutely love it, and I will never go back to a smooth saddle again. I stick to the rough out seat like velcro, and though it gets dirty, its easy to clean. As long as I kept it oiled, the rough out gets evenly darker. By the way I use suede shoe cleaner, and protector. Works wonderful. As for the pants issue, they don't ride up more than any other saddle. Finding a saddle for my arabian/paint cross was a challenge. He has very, VERY high withers and I had to trade my Abetta for a better saddle because I was basically riding on his withers. In my Billy Cook there is no space or pressure points on my horses back when I take the saddle off. It flexed just right to his back and it rides wonderful. Its very hard to fall out of this saddle, and I love, love the high cantle. And once it was broken in, my butt did not get sore at all.
Dislikes: There isn't much to not like about this saddle. Yes, it is a barrel saddle, and yes, you don't really need 'D' rings or concho straps doing barrels, but I would really have loved to have them. Although I am planning on adding them myself.
Quality: Now that my saddle is all worn in, the leather is very soft. The rough out is soft after scrubbing and cleaning, and even after having to sand paper my seat, the rough out is still very soft. The feathers on the back conchos have yet to fall off, though they get in some funky positions. I have not lost one from my saddle or my bridle.
Summary: I would recommend this saddle to anyone. Its really a great saddle, nice looks, comfortable, and all around great. I use it for everything, trail riding, barrel racing, and in the future, more speed events. Its just blingy enough for my style, and some showing, but also a wonderful trail saddle. It looks great on my white cross. As I said, I will never go back to a regular saddle again so anyone wanna stick on a horse? Just try rough out. I did and I love it.
Usefulness Rating: 2.6 out of 5.
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