Cost to replace billets on an english saddle?

Discussion in 'Tack & Equipment' started by meadow36, Jul 19, 2012.

  1. meadow36

    meadow36 Senior Member+

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    I just had the billets replaced on my County Stabilizer. My husband picked up the saddle so I didn't know what he had paid. I just came to find out that it cost $90. That seems a little high to me. Anyone else had their billets changed out? What did you pay?

    I guess I was expecting in the $50 range; $90 seems awefully high. I had all six done. Granted, it looks great and looks like good quality leather, but I'm still a little suprised.
     






  2. Rhythm 'n Blues

    Rhythm 'n Blues Senior Member+

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    nope....$90 is about right.

    Just having 2 Dressage ones done is $120....and that was what I was quoted oh...5 yrs ago
     
  3. Tack Collector

    Tack Collector Senior Member+

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    $15 per billet for saddles with 6 short billets and none are point billets
    $125 for saddleseat cutback saddle with 6 billets and 2 are point billets
    about $150 for cutback saddle with 8 billets, 2 are point billets

    Those are typically what I've paid. Only the Amish do it for less.
     
  4. Roleysnewmom

    Roleysnewmom Senior Member+

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    at my local place it's similar to TC's post^

    short billets: $15 each
    Long billets: $20 believe, but haven't had to get any long one's redun yet.

    I particularly love the place I go.. They do a full leather detail on the whole saddle if you spend $50 or more. :)
     
  5. giddy_up_pony

    giddy_up_pony Senior Member+

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    wow you guys are lucky, around here it costs WAY more then that... last time i had an ap saddles billets replaced, i got 2 done on each side (so 4 total) and it cost well over $100, i think it was around $140? then again there is only 2 or 3 places on our whole island that will do it so prices for any tack repair around here is rediculous
     
  6. Roleysnewmom

    Roleysnewmom Senior Member+

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    Have you tried a shoe/boot maker? Or even harley-davidson type places that stock all the leather motocycle accessories. One of my boarders actually has this harley guy making her breast collars and headstalls and he charges her dirt for them!
     
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  7. Rhythm 'n Blues

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    It can be risky going to someone who doesn't know anything about saddles to replace a billet.....billets have to be made out of certain kinds of leather -- ya don't want them stretching or breaking under stress. Other leather stuff outside of girths & stirrup leathers I would imagine would be just fine though :)
     
  8. Tortie_mom

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    My saddler charges more on saddles you have to "open up" to replace the billets. If they have to do this, it's $80 for long billets, if not, $40 for long ones. I actually think it's pretty close to that for short ones, though, at this place.
     

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