16 in. seat. Herford, Old Slickfork
Tex Tan's Hereford saddles are reported to be built universally on a rawhide-covered tree, whether wood or fiberglass. Examine all parts of the saddle for maker's marks. Tex Tan Herefords made since 1945 should have serial numbers stamped into the leather; likely places to look are on the skirt under the fender, on the fender itself and on the latigo or its keeper. The back of the cantle and the top of the horn may also be marked. Check the stirrup leathers for modern Blevins quick-change buckles or the older Al Ray type. Of course, if the leathers are laced it means the saddle is really old and has not been updated. If you find identifying marks, contact Tex Tan in Yoakum to see if they can pin down when the saddle was made.