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post #1 of 4 Old 06-24-2011, 05:12 PM Thread Starter
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Convert rigging on endurance saddle

Is this possible? I really like this saddle but obviously it is rigged for english. Would I be able to convert it to use a western cinch/fenders and stirrups or no?

Tucker Equitation Endurance Saddle - eBay (item 250843540283 end time Jul-02-11 20:06:07 PDT)

I found this: http://www.amazon.com/Girth-Converter-English-Aussie-Saddles/dp/B001L9NVA0
Would I need two of those converters? Thanks for any help!
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post #2 of 4 Old 06-24-2011, 05:17 PM
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Cashel makes English to Western converters that you can buy.

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As far as restyling the saddle to make it Western rigging, it would cost you a bundle of money.

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Cashel makes English to Western converters that you can buy.

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As far as restyling the saddle to make it Western rigging, it would cost you a bundle of money.
Pardon my ignorance, but the saddle doesn't come with the leathers or stirrups...so couldn't I just add western fenders and whatever stirrups I want? Would I need two converters?
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If it's English rigged it has a recessed stirrup leather bar, and there's no way for you to put Western fenders on it. It's simply not made like a Western saddle, and it'd cost you more to convert it than it would to just buy a Tucker already Western rigged.

Western fenders are actually part of the saddle, whereas English stirrup leathers are an add-on item. You can't just sew on Western fenders and make it a Western saddle. The saddle is balanced to English standards, which means the weight distribution is different than a Western.

Cashel sells two converters to a pack, if you still want to consider buying the saddle.

Really though, what you want is a Western Tucker, not an English. Instead of trying to mish-mash to make something fit, you'd be better off looking for what you really want and passing on this particular saddle.

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