Originally Posted by IslandWave
I prefer shorter billets on my dressage saddle.
I find the problem with the long billets and short girths is that the buckle then often lies right where the horse's elbow goes when in motion. The other thing that I like about short billets is that I can use the same girth for both my dressage and jumping saddles.
I think it all depends on if you like or don't like the feel of the buckles under the saddle flap.
If your horses elbow is being affected by where your buckles lie then the girth is too far forwards and too long.
Courtney, the front strap is a point strap, used normaly to keep a saddle from slipping forwards on a roly poly pony.
It would indicat that at some point your saddle has had short straps and been on something rather round. Adding point straps is easy enough, removing them will damage the saddle so when it was converted back into long straps they would have just left the point strap rather then do damage to the saddle