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post #1 of 10 Old 02-26-2012, 02:35 PM Thread Starter
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Billet strap or no?

I ride western and was wondering what the purpose of the billet strap is?? I ride all around western, should I wear it or no?
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post #2 of 10 Old 02-26-2012, 02:56 PM
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I was under the impression that it's kind of necessary..
I don't see how you would be holding your girth on without it. O.o
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Me too but maybe your saddle is set up for multiple rigging positions? Is the billet actually a longer strap or is it short?
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Uh, yeah...I think you're talking about the wrong thing..A billet strap is necessary, that's what hold the girth onto your saddle..without it your saddle wouldn't stay on the horse..

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What exactly is your definition of a billet strap?
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post #6 of 10 Old 02-26-2012, 03:14 PM
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My first impression was an off billet, about a foot in length. If this is the case, yes you need it.
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I ride western and was wondering what the purpose of the billet strap is?? I ride all around western, should I wear it or no?
No, you shouldn't wear it - but your horse ought to, when the saddle is on.

It is the thing that holds the cinch to the saddle:



OTOH, if you are referring to the rear cinch strap, or rear cinch, then it is optional for much of western riding.

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I meant the flank strap haha
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If you aren't roping, then flank straps are optional.
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Well that clears it up!
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