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post #11 of 15 Old 04-06-2012, 12:23 PM
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yeh no way I would use english if there was a choice. western rigged ll the way. Simpler, just ring on the saddle on each side.
1. Suitable western girths for the trail are easier to find and cheaper
2. No billet straps to wear out that you cant replace. tie straps are easy to replace.
3 much greater leverage in the tie strap easier to adjust.
4. infinite adjustability. MY Aussi english style billets have two holes in them, one is called too loose, and the other is too tight to get the buckle tongue in.
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post #12 of 15 Old 04-06-2012, 02:26 PM
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English girths come in different lengths in 2" increments.

Virtually all of them have elastic on the buckles on one side and most of them have elastic on both ends.

Between buying a girth in the correct length and having elastic on both buckle ends, adjustability is a non-issue.

The girth I bought must be "suitable for the trails" cause my saddle stays on the horse no matter what I do on the trail, even riding out violent sideways spooks, jumping over creeks, and bushwhacking through deer tracks.

As far as the fleece, it picks up a bit of debris here and there, but it is all on the outside edges so it doesn't bother the horse.

When it gets too grungy, I brush off the horse hair and any bits of leaves and what not and throw it in the clothes washer along with the fleece saddle pad.

They come out sparkling clean with bright white fleece.
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post #13 of 15 Old 04-06-2012, 03:36 PM
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I don't know why some of you are trying to seem superior to one another, but it will depend on your preference.


Easier to tighten as you get more leverage
More bulk under your leg if you tie it
Slightly more adjustability if you tie
Some horses prefer the western to english because of weight distribution


Less bulk no matter what as all are buckled
Easier to maintain even girth pressure
More difficult to do up since you get a bit less leverage
More tidy looking as you won't have any extra bits hanging down
Again, some horses might prefer the feeling
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Of course, I am like others and ride solely western so I am biased as well. I like the string girths made of mohair but I hate the smart cinches. Unless you horse is shaped just exactly right, that really wide bottom roller allows too much side to side movement in your latigo when you are pulling it up. The holes usually ends up 1/2 inch or so off to one side of the tongue . I don't have a problem with the bulkiness of the latigo as I don't tie mine.

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Hmm... there are many different aspects to think about. Thanks for all of the input guys, it has really helped me. I'm going to order my saddle on mon., hopefully I will have a choice made by then.

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