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Frequently Asked Questions

Q. How do I read my serial number?
A. Circle Y began making saddles in 1960 and there have been many configurations of serial numbers. In older saddles, less information is coded in the numbers. Additionally, standardization of the numbers in some years is not reliable. To help you decipher your number, we have attempted to provide some guidance here. Please remember the saddle could be a discontinued style, and no information for tree sizing, pricing, and category of the saddle will be found. In the past, Circle Y had several building locations located in small towns around Yoakum. Some saddles may say Sweet Home, Shiner, Cow Country, or Rebel but are all genuine Circle Y brand. Circle Y also makes special saddles for some of its dealers, which have a ‘J’ as its first numeral. 'SP' in front of the model means Special for special makeup.
Current numbers: May 2006 to present
Serial (model) number position example: 1234-5678-90
1234= style number of saddle
5= seat leather/color
67= seat size: 30-13”; 35-13.5”; 40-14”; 45-14.5”; 50-15”; etc...
8= saddle color
90= tree code: 04-Regular bar; 05-Wide bar; 06- Draft
Seat leather/color codes:
0- Buckskin or other custom seats like ostrich
1- Grainout padded
2- Black suede
4- Rust suede
5- Toast suede
6- Beige/Sand suede
7- Chocolate Suede
8- Apache (distressed brown)
9- Hardseat
A- Amethyst suede
B- Blue
L-  Lime Green
P-  Pink
T-  Turquoise
V-  Violet
Saddle Color
0- Dark Oil antique- DOA
1- Walnut
2- Ultra White
4- Regular Oil
5- Mahogany/Latigo/Cherrywood
6- Antique
7- Ultra Lite
8- Pecan
9- Lite Oil
18- Black
For older numbering-1990s to April 2006
Serial number position example: 1234-5678-90AB-CD
1234= style number of saddle
5= Tree size (1- Semi Quarter Horse; 5- Full Quarter Horse)
67= Seat size- 30-13”; 35-13.5”; 40-14”; 45-14.5”; 50-15”; etc...
8=  Saddle color- see above list
90= Month of completion (01- January; 02- February; ...)
AB= Year of completion (97 is 1997)
CD= A possible extra number here means that more than one of these was made that day so it received a unique number
        of 1, 2, or 10, for example.
For older saddles-1970s & 1980s
These numbers vary greatly. The first three would be reliable as the style number of the saddle. Beyond that, it could be different.
Serial number example: 1234-4567
123= style number of saddle
4= could be seat size number on some saddles. Measure for best information.
The rest are unclear.
Saddles from 1960s
Will have a one or two digit number. This indicates a saddle style. That is all the numbers will tell.

Q. In regards to the ErgoBalance™ Stirrups, does the large end of the cone go toward the horse's body or away from it?
The large end of the cone goes towards the horse's body.

Q.  How do I buy Circle Y Saddles products?
A.  Circle Y Saddles products can be purchased only from the Authorized  Circle Y Saddles dealer in your area.  Find a dealer near you

Q.  How do I become a Authorized Circle Y Saddles dealer?
A.  Information on becoming an Authorized Circle Y Saddles dealer is available upon request through our sales representative in your area.   To be considered, a candidate must be a tack retailer who has a permanent retail store front open to the general public during "typical" retail hours, and interested in carrying a full line of saddles and tack. Request information on becoming an Authorized Dealer

Q.  Does Circle Y Saddles do saddle repair?
A.  Yes, we do saddle and tack repair only and exclusively on Circle Y Saddles products.  The repairs are to be sent in by one of Circle Y Saddles authorized dealers. The authorized dealer will call in for estimates and shipping. Find a dealer near you

Q.  What is a Flex2® Tree?
A.  The patented Flex2® Tree by Circle Y features technology derived from years of saddle fit and craftsmanship. This tree design gives you a fit flexible for the horse and lightweight for the rider. The Flex2® tree conforms to the horse's back and the saddle skirts have a shock absorbing neoprene filler for the horse and rider's comfort.

Q.  What is Circle Y Softee™ leather?
A.  Circle Y Softee™ leather is used on the seat jockeys and fenders. It provides a ready to ride feel, reducing the rider's knee and ankle strain.

Q.  What kind of warranty do Circle Y saddles have?
A.   Circle Y saddles have a ten year tree warranty, a one year parts warranty, and a one year silver warranty. Saddles have a warranty registration card attached which contain a complete explanation of the warranties. All warranties apply to the original purchaser. Saddles manufactured before January 1, 2004 have a five-year tree warranty.

Q.  How should I take care of my Circle Y saddle and leather products?
A.  The most important aspect of saddle care is that the life of the leather depends upon the care you give it.  Most saddles experience the tough rigors of the environment, and proper care is essential to prolong their life. Leather should be oiled with the best oils and leather conditioners available to you.  After you ride, or if your saddle should get wet, clean all leather parts that have been exposed to sweat and moisture, let dry naturally, and oil.  Do not use artificial heat or direct sunlight to dry leather or it may become brittle and lose its strength. Leather which has been burned through this process should no longer be used.

Q.  How should I polish the silver on my Circle Y tack?
A.  Circle Y silver is pure silver electroplated and has a protective finish to prevent tarnishing. Cleaning should be done with a damp cloth only. Abrasive or chemical cleaners should not be used because they could result in removal of the protective finish. With normal use, saddle silver will be subject to scratches which may allow tarnishing. Use a soft cloth to buff away any tarnish.

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