Originally Posted by Carolineeeee
Is it safe to ride In Without the third billet? Or will I need to get it replaced. (also, I assume gp means general purpose but please correct me of I am mistaken)
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Sorry - I forgot you usually call them AP over there.
It'll be fine without the extra strap.
Having three was a safety device. You usually buckled the girth on the first and third straps which were on separate webs. So if one web broke the saddle was still held on the horse. Nowadays the nylon webs used are never going to break so this isn't so much of an issue.
All you need to do is check the stitching is sound where the billets attach - easy enough to do as you girth-up.