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post #11 of 13 Old 03-31-2013, 06:02 PM
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I'm with Joe. My stock saddle has the Australian style rigging and I'd much rather have western. Cinch can be adjusted to the perfect amount vs to closest hole in the strap. If I can get Kevin to make me one of his stock saddles with the western style tree that will fit my horses I'll sell the one I have now.

As for the surcingle (what the Australians call an overgirth, but I'm old school and not from Australia ) you just need the correct style of cinch that has the extra strap for it. I'm sure any outfit that sells stock saddles will have them since they usually come with that kind of cinch if they aren't western rigged. It doesn't really "suction" the saddle down. It's just a strap that holds the saddle on from the top in addition to the the cinch straps that are attached to the saddle. Recommend them for anyone who's doing hard riding, but never saw much use for them in shows, etc...

But as Joe just pointed out. You don't need to use the large, heavy leather straps. Nylon is lighter, slimmer and does a good job. I use nylon for cinch and stirrup straps when to cut back even more on weight of my trooper. The "leather" purest wouldn't like it, but my horses don't care

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post #12 of 13 Old 03-31-2013, 07:33 PM
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We don't call them an overgirth, surcingle here too!
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post #13 of 13 Old 03-31-2013, 08:12 PM Thread Starter
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While I'm waiting to be able to get pics of the rigging on my saddle, I have another question.

I use Skidmore's leather conditioner on all my leather and I love it. However, my Aussie saddle needs some serious TLC. I treated it with Skidmore's a couple of days ago, but it's still fairly stiff in places. Since Skidmore's is kind of expensive ($9 for a small tub of it), is there anything else I can use once or twice to help soften the leather more/faster?
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