I ride in an English saddle with short billets. I've always preferred the stability of short billets over long billets. The drawback of course is that I have girth buckles under my knee.
I normally don't feel girth buckles, because they sit right behind my knee. However, now that I'm trotting 15 miles in a stretch, I've lengthened my leathers for a straighter leg that allows me to semi-stand more in my stirrups much of the time to take the pressure off the horse's back. That puts my knee right over the buckles, and after a couple hours of trotting, boy do I notice that buckle!
Please share any tricks you know to avoid the pain.
Do I need to seriously consider retrofitting with long billets?
Can I put a thicker, heavier billet-guard over the buckles with any good results? (I currently have the little flaps that go over individual billets/buckles)
Are there girths with buckles that are flat or specially curved so that they lay flatter, resulting in less bulk under the flap?
Any other ideas?