Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: East Central Illinois
I buckle the off side, and tie the near side. Leather against leather creates grip. I always tighten every saddle, then bridle, then lead, then tighten again, often playing with the girth or cinch immediate before I mount so that my horse will hold his breath and make it tighter, therefore easier for me to mount. Usually I can put my fist in between the girth/cinch and the horse after a workout, and I like that, except I want less play if it's English. The holes in my latigo straps are cut too far apart for me to trust a good fit.