info? on my vintage Red Myrick Western Saddle #25
I have a vintage "Red Myrick" western saddle numbered 25.
I've never had any info on the saddle, and I can't find anything in the internet! I was given the saddle many years ago with a horse (both for 1 dollar) I had it professionally restored back then and I remember the guy commenting that the saddle ought to be in the Gene Autry museum. I rode in it all the time on that dollar horse and it is incredibly comfortable and balanced.
On the off chance that one of you is knowlegeable, I'm posting this and hoping that someone can tell me perhaps what it's worth and when it was made. Any tips are appreciated. I think Red started a line of saddle and western wear shops in New Mexico, maybe in the 20's - 40's??
Please post some pics of it. Both recent and on your dollar horse if you have them.
Ok here's the saddle. I can take more pics if anone needs.
I'll look for a pic of it on the dollar horse. I don't own him anymore, I passed him along for the price of a dollar again :wink: and he is now living on a L.A. businessman's "gentleman's ranch" where he is the owners favorite horse!
Looking forward to seeing a post from someone who knows about it's value.
Hi. Just joined this forum and saw your post about the Red Myrick saddle. I can't tell you the value of it, but Red Myrick was my dad. Most of his regalia and western tack is in the Mesa Historical Museum, Mesa, AZ...and it just made my heart flutter to see his insignia thunderbird on your beautiful saddle. I'd love to hear from you about the story behind the saddle. Best regards, Jodi Stewart.
Oh my! What a stunning saddle!! You can see the hard work & time that went into that gorgeous tooling. They just don't make them like that anymore *sigh*
I can't believe you found my post! This is completely amazing! How cool that Horse Forum helped solve a historical mystery!
I ALWAYS just KNEW that saddle was quite special, and I'm so thrilled that I was right all along. (and that I never sold it and I took care of it!) I never have had a speck of information about it, internet searches yield nothing, and I don't know who the original owner was. It's from the old canyon area of Orange County, CA. so could have well been owned by some old-timer. Like I explained, I was given it for a dollar approx 15 or more years ago with the explanation "It's the only saddle that will fit that horse" who was a supposedly unrideable rebel (not true, he was a puppy dog). The saddle was in really good condition, I had new sheepskin put on and a few details by a professional leather guy. That's why it has that leather"tag "thing on it, it bears the leather man's name . I rode in it all the time even though I don't know how to ride Western and was studying dressage at the time. That saddle has a magic feel, puts you in a perfect aligned position, has no unpractical decoration or skirting while still being so beautiful that it just glows. It has no damage today.
WOW I don't know what to ask you first.....!.....
Tell us on the forum something about your dad!
What did his shops sell? Was there many shops in New Mex and Az? I think he was known for making those western pearl button men's shirts?? What time period are we talking about? What was your father like? What might the age of the saddle be if it's numbered 25? Do you have some of his work in your home? Is his regalia really on public display in that museum? Did he make saddles for anyone famous we might know?
Tell us everything!!!! I'm thrilled you took the time to post, it gave me the chills :D
Hello Silver Pony! Sorry that I haven't been on the forum for so long. I am an author with young adult novel coming out in a few weeks, and I've been as busy as can be with marketing, website, jumping into Facebook (and soon Twitter) I just happened to click into this tonight (actually, it's early morning) and saw your wonderful post and all your interesting questions. Because of the late hour, I shall have to defer answering anything right this moment. If you are on Facebook, please look up - Jodi Lea Stewart - and send me a friend request. I will try to answer as many of your questions as I can. Did you know Red was the 1965 International Arabian Cutting Horse winner with his beautiful white Arabian, Jameel Rizpah? He was one of a kind!
The low cantle showed up in the early 50's, a drastic change from the 5" cantle. The belief was that the calf roper could get down off his horse faster with the low profile. This style lasted about 10 years and the cantle started creaping up a little again. I've owned similar low cantle saddles and can ride them all day. This particular saddle reeks of quality like we aren't seeing today.
Saddlebag-- Interesting about the cantle! The saddle itself measures only about 14.5, fairly smallish for a western saddle if I'm not mistaken, and I think I read somewhere that saddles used to be designed for a more "snug" seat even for working cowboys. I think it was made before the fashion of "building up" the front of the seat too, and hanging the stirrups too far forward, which throws the rider too far back. Don't know if that's correct or not. Yes, anyone could ride in it comfortably ALL DAY LONG! It's a joy to ride.
Hellooooo Jodi --- I'm thrilled to bits that you responded. Totally understand that you've been busy with a new book coming out! Congratulations that's wonderful! As the mom of a voracious and advanced reader who is 11 years old, may I ask about your book? I would be first in line to buy it, and tell my network of friends too.... :) Plus everyone reading about it on this forum....
Eeek I don't have a Facebook! George Clooney and I are the only ones left on Earth who don't Facebook :D
I hope some time you have a few moments to answer more on this Thread sometime, we are all curious about you and your Dad, any little bits of info would be appreciated since there is nothing written down on the net. I truly look forward to anything you may have time to type out! And on my next business trip to AZ (we buy native american jewelry) I will go to the Mesa Museum-- what fun!
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