Manufacturer: Billy Cook (View all products by Billy Cook Saddlery)
Model: 2181 Classic Rancher (View all 2181 Classic Rancher reviews)
Category: Roping Saddles
Purchase: I Ordered this rig From the Billy Cook factory in Oklahoma through my local tack shop in up here in Manitoba Canada. I wanted this particular saddle because i do a lot of roping, from bulls, calves, colts, donkeys and draft horses. I Paid $2100.
Likes: I Think It's an excellent rig for my line of work, riding and roping for long hours. But it's also super comfy for long trail rides. I'm 6' 2" and 230lbs, jean size 36", and the 15 1/2" seat fits me just dandy. Plus the saddle is just gorgeous.
Dislikes: I think that the weight is a little issue, its about 40 lbs and about 45 lbs with all my gear, rope, hobbles, piggin' string and saddle bags. I think that they could cut and raise the drop of the skirts, it would cut down on weight and leg room. The skirt depth is 16" and i think it could easily sit at around 14". Also, the Cantle binding is kinda rough so the first while, it would catch the buttons on the back of my Wrangler jeans.
Quality: This rig is built solid. It's a wade style tree, solid 3" by 3" wood horn and bullhide wrapped tree. The in-skirt rigging is in a 7/8Th position, which helps it fit snug too a horse. The rigging all around is brass and super solid, with a real slick look. But after a full day of work, everything is solid.
Summary: I would recommend this saddle too anyone that spends either 15 Min's a day riding, or 15 hours. It fits a lot of horses, I've ridden Quarter Horses, high withered Thoroughbreds, Big barreled 17hh Drafts, and 13hh ponies. It's a slick looking Rig that you can put on anything too get you anywhere, comfortably and in style.
Usefulness Rating: 3.8 out of 5.
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