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post #1 of 15 Old 10-12-2013, 05:01 PM Thread Starter
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Tex Tan Saddle - Worth?

I just bought this saddle today and don't know much about it. I just figured it would be good for my kids to kick around in. It was pretty dirty when I looked at it, so I didn't see the name, but now I see that it is a hereford brand tex tan yoakum saddle. I don't see a serial number on it. Just wondering what the value is.
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post #2 of 15 Old 10-12-2013, 05:07 PM Thread Starter
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Nice saddle! If it fits your horse, you can't really go wrong with a Tex Tan. They are a solid known, nice middle of the line quality brand. I had to sell an almost brand new Tex Tan barrel saddle that fit me like it was custom made. I absolutely loved it, but it didn't fit my horse so I had to let it go. Brand new it retailed for around 1350. Yours is a little older, going by the floral tooling and buckstitch, but I'd say it's still worth in the neighborhood of $300-$500 depending on condition which looks to be really good in the pictures. There are some better saddle experts on here than me, but in my book, you probably got a pretty decent deal if you didn't pay too much for it. :)
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Can you take a pic of the cinch ring? The buck stitching was popular in the late 60's thro 70's. This would have been considered a show saddle as show saddles were in their infancy about then. Anyway, it's well made and could likely fetch between $375 and $450 or more. C'mon, what did you pay?
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If it is solid and in good condition you have a great saddle there, the last one I sold looked older than that and I got $375 for it
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Can you take a pic of the cinch ring? The buck stitching was popular in the late 60's thro 70's. This would have been considered a show saddle as show saddles were in their infancy about then. Anyway, it's well made and could likely fetch between $375 and $450 or more. C'mon, what did you pay?
I danced around the question, but since Saddlebag asked it, I wanna know too. What did you pay?
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post #8 of 15 Old 10-14-2013, 08:32 AM Thread Starter
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I gotta give the peeps what they want


Ok, I paid $100. I didn't know it was a Tex Tan because it was so dirty and I couldn't see the stamp. I don't know where the serial number is on the saddle though. I will take another picture of the cinch ring and a closeup of the stirrups.
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Yup. It's official. You got a screaming deal! Good for you. :) On my newer Tex Tan, the model number was stamped onto the inside of one of the stirrup straps. I don't know how the older ones were marked. I just love accidental old saddle finds. I got my first Stubben English saddle because someone had this "dirty old saddle" in their garden shed and had no idea what to do with it. They gave it to me because I had horses. I revived it with some Leather New and THEN I found the Stubben tag. I was over the moon. He also gave me an old McClellan that he thought was a mule pack saddle. LOL! It's dated 1917 on the bottom of the stirrup and has US stamped into the stirrup leathers. I didn't pay a dime for either saddle because someone thought they were basically trash. :)
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At one time the TexTans carried a long set of numbers behind the cantle on the skirting plate. This number denoted model and the day, month and year it was made. If they were there you would have easily seen them when cleaning the saddle. Have you looked up high under the stirrup leather? Sometimes number stamps are found on the skirt just below the tee. If the cinch ring is a single ring with a slot, it is likely a 70's model. Earlier models bore a double set so one could adjust the cinching position to better fit the horse. You did very well, getting this for $100. I love it when people sell saddles dirt cheap because they have no idea of how to clean them up.
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