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post #1 of 2 Old 08-04-2013, 03:40 PM Thread Starter
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English Billet system or 3-point rigging system or Western?

I have been looking at endurance saddles, found a company that makes custom saddles, they off western rigging, English billet rigging, or western rigging. I am familiar with western and English (I ride western).

I honestly really like the English rigging system it's really uniform and equally spreads pressure on the horses back from what I can tell. I have a bareback pad that's English rigging and I enjoy it more then using my western saddle.

I have never seen 3-point rigging before. It looks realistic, like it's doing the job of a back cinch and girth with more equally displayed pressure. Anyone ever used it? Pros/cons?

Like I said I am most familiar with western rigging. The endurance saddle is a western endurance style but the rigging options are different. I really don't like western. I feel like it's bulky and pushes a lot of pressure on the horses shoulders and upper back/spine/withers in general.

I do lots of trail riding up hills at lopes and fast trots, and run into steep terrain. Just trying to decide which rigging will secure the saddle equally and comfortably and work for my riding.

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post #2 of 2 Old 08-04-2013, 06:14 PM
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I have experience with all 3 and I have to say if given a choice in a custom saddle, I would go for the 3-way. However, I would still use english billets, making sure the back billet was long enough to allow me to use a girth in the full or 7/8 position in this diagram:

For the most part, I love normal english rigging and our saddles are set that way under ordinary circumstances. However, one saddle we have has the ability to change to a center-fire rigging with just the adjustment of the back billet. That would have been super useful on the last ride where George developed girth rubs at 70 miles, as it would have enabled me to shift the girth back to an area not uncomfortable for him. Unfortunately the saddle I was using just had standard english rigging, so that was not an option.

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