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post #1 of 11 Old 03-29-2017, 10:17 AM Thread Starter
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Tex Tan Western Saddle

Have been offered this saddle and apparently it is a brand new TexTan. I have emailed the serial numbers to Tex Tan in the mean time.
I have lightened the image from the side, because I wanted to see the tooling.

Is this a Tex Tan?
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post #2 of 11 Old 03-29-2017, 10:24 AM
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There is an insignia on the saddle near the stirrups...sort of triangular looking.
There may also be another on the latigo keeper, some companies also stamp a identifying name here too.
Hard to see in any of your pictures but if you have originals you should be able to zoom in on it and see exactly what it is...it looks correct but

Nice saddle....
The company should be able to tell you all about that saddle with the serial number...

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post #3 of 11 Old 03-29-2017, 10:36 AM
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Looks like the triangular Hereford Tex Tan logo on the fender.

Agreed that they should have all information on the saddle from the serial number.

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post #4 of 11 Old 03-30-2017, 01:56 AM Thread Starter
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Funny story this - the saddle was offered on eBay as a new Tex Tan; I sent the serial number off to Tex Tan and it corresponds to a saddle made in 1989. Therefore this would look like a fake to me. I wonder if I should report the seller as selling counterfeit goods.
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Interesting case -- it may be a fake or it may have never been used so technically it could still be considered a new saddle????
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New doesn't necessarily mean production date but condition of the saddle, the appearance.

If in doubt though about the possibility of a knock-off...pass on it.
The one picture looking down on the saddle, the leather doesn't look to be the best quality, nor does the serial number picture look just right for "quality" leather...
Good quality leather doesn't resemble that effect of camera flash on it....

The price though is about right.
This brand is not on the "high-end" of $$$$$, but a affordable well made saddle today.
I've seen Circle Y saddles sitting in the tack store, 3 - 4 years old still sold as "new" , marked down to numbers about the same as what you are seeing in that ad...those deals are out there.

Alert TexTan if you think it a fake.
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Thanks - right now I am in doubt, but I have sent the seller an email asking them for clarification.

I would understand a saddle that's 2 or so years old, never been used, being sold as NEW. But this saddle is technically 27 years old.... even if it was never used, I don't think it would be sold as NEW. But who knows - I'll see what the seller says.

I was thinking that this selling price is a good deal, or is this the normal price for a new Tex Tan?

Ideally I'd like to purchase a used Billy Cook or Circle Y similar to the picture above.
So if anyone has one for sale, and is willing to ship to South Africa (At Buyer's cost), please feel free to post details.
15" - 16"
Medium length skirt
NOT FQHB (Our horses are not quite that wide)
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Ebay or Amazon have hundreds of saddles new or used fitting what you search for....
At your expense most will ship where ever you want, you're paying for it...

As for pricing....
A "new" saddle in either Circle Y or Tex Tan is about double what this one your looking at goes for ...starting.
You can purchase a High Horse brand spanking new for what the seller is asking...
High Horse is a division of Circle Y. Has a good reputation and a very nice tree warranty that fits right with the high priced saddle makers..
You can also shop around to different sites, catch sales and a last year model and save a ton of money.
That is how I bought my Circle Y... half the price and still the store made a profit!

FYI...Circle Y owns High Horse, Tucker and Reinsman brands that I know of positively, there may be others owned by them too.
They own the patents, the companies that make all the pieces, parts and dies for the machinery to produce any saddle ever constructed by them.
No saddle is completely out of production such as the Park & Trail model currently is ...sort of.
A "custom order" and you could have what ever you want if willing to wait a little extra time for that production line to make your choices...

Mark-up for tack is HUGE...so actual cost and depreciation is also huge.
Purchase new from the tack store and walk out the door and the value just took a nose-dive in resale....
Buyer Beware truly fits here...
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post #10 of 11 Old 03-31-2017, 01:48 AM Thread Starter
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Thank you!
I definitely would much rather purchase a second hand decent saddle than a brand new middle of the range. I have ridden in a Royal King and really liked it, but noticed the tree quality really is below par and the fibreglass is separating and basically the saddle needs to be thrown away. Pity.
I ride in a friend's Billy Cook (I think a Park and Trail; tan with black seat). Have also tried a Tex Tan (Pity the bars were too wide, else I would have bought it)

I have heard Tucker saddles are great.

If I'm going to go through the effort of importing a saddle, I basically need to make sure it is a recognizable name brand, which would allow me to re-sell it here should I need to for some reason.

The seller of the initial saddle is not going to ship to South Africa it seems.
She said the saddle came from a tack lot from a tack shop (I'm not sure how they would have held onto a saddle for 27 years, seeing as it was made in Feb 1989!)
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