Since the 1960s, Yoakum, Texas-based Circle Y Saddlery, has been manufacturing western horseback riding saddles.
A serial number (really the model number) is seen on most saddles. Newer saddles’ serial numbers can be deciphered to reveal information about the saddle.
Due to differences in manufacture and coding, even Circle Y cannot decipher the whole serial numbers for saddles built before the 1990s.
You should decode the serial number on a Circle Y saddle built after 1990 if you have it.
Where To Find Serial Number On Circle Y Saddle
Look at the Circle Y saddle’s serial number. It’s inscribed on a metal plate beneath the seat jockey on the saddle’s left side.
The seat jockey is the flap between the seat and the skirt that conceals the metal bars on the tree.
How Do You Read A Circle Y Saddle Serial Number
The serial number on your saddle will tell you how old it is. The saddle was made after 2005 if the number looks like 1234-5678-90.
The saddle appears to be 1234-5678-90AB-CD, most likely made between 1990 and 2005. If it does not look like any of these instances, it was made before 1990, and decoding the serial number will be tough.
Following are the steps to decode your model number if it was manufactured in 2006 or later:
The style number is the first four digits, the fifth digit is the seat material and colour, the sixth and seventh digits are the size, the eighth digit is the saddle colour, and the final two digits are the tree size.
As follows, here is a way to decode your model number between 2005 and 1990:
- The first four numbers are the style number,
- the fifth digit is the tree size,
- the sixth and seventh digits are the seat size,
- the eighth digit is the saddle colour,
- the ninth and tenth digits are the month the saddle was made,
- and the eleventh and twelfth digits are the year the saddle was made.
When several identical saddles were created, the thirteenth and fourteenth digits were added to the serial number of the saddles.
Where Do You Find The Serial Number On A Circle Y Saddle
Depending on the saddle’s manufacturer, the serial number may be located in several places.
According to a Tex Tan official, the serial number is placed inside the left fender at the Blevins buckle, although it might also be found elsewhere.
The serial number is usually split into two sections, with a sequence of numbers followed by a dash or a space and then another set of numbers.
It may be found right next to the model number. The model number on earlier Tex Tan saddles starts with an 08, whereas the model number on modern ones starts with a 292.
Do All Circle Y Saddles Have A Serial Number?
Since the 19th century, western saddles have been popular in the United States. It can be difficult to tell how old a western horse saddle is.
Even experts have trouble dating some of the older and less well-known saddles.
If your saddle is older than 20 years, you may only be able to estimate its age or date of manufacture.
Several features of the saddle can be used to estimate its age.
Identifying a Recently Manufactured Saddle
Look for the serial or model number. The model or serial number is stamped on a plate or flap beneath the leather flap that covers where the saddle skirting meets the fender on newer saddles (sometimes called a jockey).
Determine the manufacturer of the saddle. Look for the manufacturer’s name and logo stamped in plain sight on the saddle.
Check the back of the jockey, the skirts, or a plate beneath the jockey.
For information on the saddle’s age, contact the saddle’s manufacturer.
Most manufacturers can tell you how old the saddle is with the serial number.
Investigate the saddle manufacturer using your serial number and the internet.
Please find out more about the saddles’ line, such as when they were made and how to decode them.
If the manufacturer is no longer in business, this may be necessary.
Determining the Age of Hard to Identify Saddles
On the saddle, look for any identifying marks or logos. Any brand, logo, or name is stamped anywhere on the saddle.
To find out who made it, look up any identifying marks or brands on the internet.
To determine the saddle line and its approximate age, compare it to existing and older products.
Determine the saddle’s general style (barrel saddle, roping saddle, cutting saddle) and compare it to other saddles you know about.
If you know it’s a cutting saddle, for example, do an online search for cutting saddles and similar saddles.
If you can find another one that looks similar, you might be able to figure out where it came from and when it was made.
If you lack experience, thoroughly evaluate the saddle or evaluate it by a saddle expert. Examine the styling details and the cut of the skirts to determine the age and origin.
There are lots of no-brand saddles out there, and they’re nearly impossible to track down. It’s possible that a small-time saddle maker made the older ones.
The newer ones are usually low-quality saddles made on an assembly line somewhere in the world and sold at a low price.
The date of manufacture will almost always be coded into the serial or model number on saddles manufactured after 1990.
Some manufacturers, such as Circle Y, make a serial number decoder available online.
Some obscure brands or saddle makers still have websites dedicated to their products or collectors of their products, which may be able to assist you in determining the saddle’s origins.
If the saddle is made of synthetic materials (rather than leather), it was most likely made within 10 to 20 years. The older a saddle is, the heavier and more well-worn.