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post #1 of 14 Old 03-23-2020, 07:46 PM Thread Starter
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Circle Y Saddle ID

I recently bought a 1970's Circle Y saddle that I believe to be a cutting saddle, however it doesn't have a serial number on it. I do not feel like spending $20 on having someone search through a file and tell me what the saddle is if I can try and identify it through the forums. If there is anything like additional photos or descriptions that anyone needs, please let me know. I loved restoring this saddle and just want a clue on what discipline it is and anything else I am not seeing in it. Rides like a dream as a cutting saddle, but I always go to my Corriente Wade saddle for roping comps and ranch work :)
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post #2 of 14 Old 03-23-2020, 09:28 PM
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I think posting pictures would be best to at least get an idea.

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Sorry, I thought I added photos. I am most definitely not tech smart by any means. One would think a junior would understand these things, but I spend more time at the ranch than on a phone. Let's see if this works! (Try to ignore the curled skirt, it was horrendous when I got it and it has gotten way better as I have oiled it and ridden it, I have only had it a few months, hopefully within a few more months it will get back to normal!)



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To me that looks like more of an equitation/show saddle. But I'm no expert in these things. It's a beautiful saddle!
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post #5 of 14 Old 03-24-2020, 11:56 PM Thread Starter
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trailhorserider Thank you! It is a 50 year old saddle, and the lady I bought it from lives in Washington, so I was worried that when I bought it, it would have mold growing and would have to have a ton of work needed on it. It came in a giant box and she padded it really well, so nothing happened in shipping, but regardless I was very surprised! She used it for trail riding, but I thought it was a cutting saddle because when I sit in it, it shifts my weight very solid and secure in the center, especially at quick stops and tight turns. I thought it might have been a show cutter at some point because of the tooling and the quality of leather (it is doubled EVERYWHERE)! The saddle tree is even covered in rawhide!!!

I wanted to see what other people might have to say about it because while I have knowledge about restoring old and abused tack, my knowledge about the history of Circle Y is pretty limited. That padding in the front is VERY nice for tight and sharp movements, it doesn't make me want to fly over the bucking rolls!
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Does everything appear to be original? If so, if it's a Circle Y, there should be a serial number somewhere. Sometimes they might be tucked way up under the stirrups leathers, and sometimes pretty hidden.



I agree that it looks to be more of an equitation/showing saddle, rather than a cutting saddle, based on the shape of the seat.


Regardless, very pretty saddle!
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My riding instructor has a custom made Circle Y equitation saddle with silver plates and cantle lacing among other do-dads...hers is a show saddle from a by-gone era of beautiful. She is the original owner and saddle was made for her.
Your saddle resembles much of hers in appearance.
Beside the latigo carrier identifier, on hers the seat has a small silver plate right at the seat "O" opening and she has a horn cap that says "custom made by....", the fenders don't have the logo I believe but not positive.
Her saddle has a "pocket" that puts you in a very secure position and holds you their almost making it feel like a seatbelt is worn is the fit.
Tree in hers is also wrapped as you describe yours to be.
This saddle is one of the most comfortable saddles I have ever sat in..if not the most comfortable!
Heavy though is a understatement...
The saddle is a equitation design, if it holds you that securely why not use it and enjoy it.
I've found both my Circle Y {newer} and my instructors old beauty have the same tree in them and fit a variety of horses exceptionally.
I would not ever though use for roping and tying off as this tree is not designed for that stress and would fear snapping or cracking of the tree under those stresses.
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beau159 Yes everything is original except for one of the flank billet straps, that was replaced by the original owner due to wear and tear, however I think even that is Circle Y. I was very excited when I saw it for sale, I bought it for $200 then $100 for shipping. After putting in a ton of elbow grease and probably over 100 hours of restoration to the leather (it was extremely dry and very close to cracking!), it shines like new!

horselovinguy I know exactly of the saddle you speak of, it is a GORGEOUS saddle! I do not use this saddle for roping, I use my Corriente Wade for roping, this saddle I use just for cutting and practicing roping on a dummy steer :) I would never put this saddle under that kind of strain and pressure! I am very pleased to hear that if I wanted to I can show in this saddle, do you think it would be permitted to show in a cutting class with it though? I am just worried that it might raise a few eyebrows from the judges, however it is not as if I am using a jumping saddle! I took a look again at the saddle, and at the very bottom of the fenders there is a Circle Y logo! And I looked around again, but alas no serial plate to be found! I feel like completely taking it apart just to make sure I didn't miss anything to be replaced or maybe cleaned and while I do that look again for the serial plate!
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My husband had a Circle Y of that style. He put countless hours in it. He did rope grown stock (in order to doctor them), too. He was mostly a dally roper.

His was a semi-custom saddle.

I'd say you got a very good deal on yours.
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I am very pleased to hear that if I wanted to I can show in this saddle, do you think it would be permitted to show in a cutting class with it though? I am just worried that it might raise a few eyebrows from the judges,



I took a look again at the saddle, and at the very bottom of the fenders there is a Circle Y logo!



And I looked around again, but alas no serial plate to be found! I feel like completely taking it apart just to make sure I didn't miss anything to be replaced or maybe cleaned and while I do that look again for the serial plate!

Yes, you can show in any saddle as long as the rules not clearly state certain tack in particular classes...
It may be "out of fad/fashion", but you should not be being judged on fad tack but on teamwork of you and your horse!


See, thought you would find a emblem...


Not all Circle Y's had plates, yours might not.
You have the proof by the engraved emblems that you have that brand saddle...
Contact Circle Y with good pictures submitted.
They should be able to tell you much about that saddle by appearances.


Good luck.
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