04-19-2011, 07:41 AM
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I've had saddles with the D ring close to my horn and I've had them 1/2 way down the skirt. There is no hard and fast rule.
What I wouldn't do is to use a screw type concho to hold the ring in place. There is too much stress and you can damage the screw or even pull it out. D rings are riveted in place. I would take the saddle to a competent saddle person and have them do it. They can also suggest the proper place for your particular saddle.
As for converting it to a pulling collar, you need long tugs and then run them through the gullet and over the swell - which is how a pulling collar is attached anyway.