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        07-06-2014, 09:31 AM
    Sorry I didn't get to the pictures as soon as I had hoped:

    Pic of Sadie w/out a saddle: pic 005

    Cinched up normally (not tightened but sits in that general area and you can see the rub, same rub on opposite side): pic 009

    HOpefully this is an acceptable angle to judge saddle fit: pic 011

    My attempt at crossfire rigging, looks odd to me but just not what I'm used to, with longer latigos is this worth a shot?: pic 013
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        07-06-2014, 05:53 PM
    Yup, rigged in the full position so the cinch appears to be moving too far forward. Does your saddle settle a bit more forward while you're riding? With some longer latigos, the centerfire rigging you've got going on should help tremendously.
        07-06-2014, 06:35 PM
    The saddle does seem to settle a bit more forward while riding, generally walk or ride around for 5-10min and will have quite a bit of extra slack to take up while still not feeling overly tight, as I believe I have caused galling in the past from over-tightening.

    Hate to change 2 things at once, but hopefully this week I will either find a mohair or merino wool cinch, and some longer latigos and see how it works.

    More input is always welcome/appreciated
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        07-07-2014, 09:41 AM
    Green Broke
    Quick questions, doesn't changing the rigging change the fit/pressure points of the saddle?
    Also, how do you all clean your mohair/alpaca type cinches?
    I rinsed mine off yesterday until the water ran clear. Hoping that's good enough?
        07-07-2014, 12:25 PM
    Originally Posted by spookychick13    
    Also, how do you all clean your mohair/alpaca type cinches?
    I rinsed mine off yesterday until the water ran clear. Hoping that's good enough?
    That's what I do. Hand wash in cold water (no soap) and let them hang to dry. So far, so good.
        07-07-2014, 06:09 PM
    Terri, it might change the pressure points slightly when the horse is moving at liberty without a rider, but with a rider, the entire bar is being pressed down anyway so there's not much difference there between the riggings. However, changing the rigging might change how the saddle moves with the horse. For example, a horse that was being rubbed on the loins in a "full" rigged saddle, might not have that trouble anymore with a centerfire rigging because there's not as much side-to-side at the back of the saddle.

    As for cleaning cinches, I've got one of those $20 water jet pressure washers from TV. I use that until the water runs clear. If I've got a lot of hair on them, I'll gently use a rubber curry comb to work most of it out.

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