Each brand and saddle is vastly different for where to find the serial number and information, and then it becomes even more confusing understanding what these numbers and letters mean. Below we have prepared a list to help you decode your saddle serial numbers from a common list of brands.
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Contact Albion for verification on your saddles codes and information: https://www.albionengland.co.uk/saddle-verification/
Eg. 1 17 E 09 602
Seat depth : P is flat, SC is half-deep, C is deep
Sometimes, additional info such as “M10” = a panel designation that means they’ve added 10mm (or 1 cm) of extra padding above and beyond the standard panel.
175 = seat size (usually true to size)
Flaps : short = K, normal or regular = N, long = L, extra long = XL. If the flap has a forward angle, there is code “SW” added.
LHI – If you see this code in any Amerigo serial number, this means that the saddle has been made with an extended head iron. The longer head irons are suitable for horses with longer, hollow withers.
Saddles made 2009 or after have also been stamped with a code indicating the model. Please refer to the link for the full list of codes. https://www.amerigo-saddles.com/eshop/products/50230/download/amerigo_saddle_codes.pdf
C18 2 1/4 925 07
Seat depth : P is flat, L is half-deep, C is deep
Depending on the age of your saddle, your serial number will either be on a sewn in tag, or stamped on the under-flap of your saddle.
Contact Bates for information on your saddle serial number https://batessaddles.com.au/pages/contact-us
Contact Black Country for information on your saddle serial number http://www.blackcountrysaddles.com/contact-us/
CWD: SE 0217 TR 2C PL 08 4223
Saddle Models: all referenced here http://www.cwdsellier.com/us/en/boutique/saddle (just look at the bottom of each picture for the reference codes for each saddle)
There is a serial number running vertically down the upper outer edge of the sweat flap and the first two numbers of the serial number are the year of manufacture. After the serial number is a single digit number- it is the number of the saddler who made the saddle. Contact County for more info https://www.countysaddlery.com.au/contact-us
Eg. 17.5L63601114 M +1
Eg. 13 06 001 73BMR0
Eg. 1 DHE 17.5 1443 12
Start by looking at the four numbers together on the saddle flap.
The first two digits are the seat size. These will be either 16, 17, or 18 for the seat size in inches.
The next two numbers in the four number block is the tree size in centimetres.
The tree of a Prestige saddle can be adjusted so if there is a number stamped underneath the second set of numbers (the tree size) that means the tree has been adjusted and the adjuster has stamped the new tree size underneath the original.
The sizes in cm can be broken up as follows:
31cm – narrow to extra narrow
32cm – on the narrower side of medium, typically a horse with good withers but a medium to narrow back, like a typical TB type horse
33cm – medium
34cm – generous medium, fits many horses well
35cm – wide
36cm – extra wide
37cm – extra extra wide
The next three digits of the serial number stamped on the saddle is a three digit serial number given to that particular saddle as an identifier of that individual saddle.
After the three digit serial number, it is followed by four more numbers which is the date of manufacture. This is set out as MM/YY.
Some saddles have another marker stamped at the end of the eleven digit serial number which tells you the tanning batch the leather came from. They are not always on there.
The final marking may be available which could be an “L.” This means that this saddle has a long flap.
Depending on the saddle it may have another letter printed towards the end. For example, an “A” means that the flap is +2 inches more forward than a standard flap and “AA” means the flap is +4 inches more forward.
We hope this information has been helpful in finding and understanding the serial numbers on your saddle.
If you have any further questions or need help, our friendly Saddle Hub team are always here to help you.