I've always tied. Actually, (
) until seeing that picture, I never even realized that that center 'prong' was for. Goes to show you how observant I am.
I've noticed with a lot of our saddles though, there aren't any holes at all in the latigo (almost all of ours are leather) or if there are, the latigo is so long that it doesn't even remotely come close to where it should be, if I were to buckle it. Are these saddles just made to 'traditionally' tie it, then?
Now I'm curiouse
I want to go try and buckle one now!