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post #11 of 19 Old 02-26-2013, 12:06 AM
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Just go to your local saddler or leather repairer (they're usually pretty good, I've got a handmade leathercraft store nearby that I go to often because my actual saddler is a fair trip). Leathercraft guy is brilliant for non-urgent repairs on cover straps and the like, and he's not too bad at making custom reins either.
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post #12 of 19 Old 02-26-2013, 09:23 AM
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The problem with worn girth straps/billets is not really down to the buckles themselves not having rollers, but to their cleanliness.

It's rust that wears leather quickly, not buckles. If everything's kept corrosion-free and the billets are good quality, kept clean and oiled you should have few problems :)

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post #13 of 19 Old 02-26-2013, 01:22 PM Thread Starter
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Our tack is not protected super well, so should I take it home? The girth I mean, so it doesn't rust?
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post #14 of 19 Old 02-26-2013, 01:48 PM
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If your girth has decent quality stainless steel buckles (so the casting and tongue are smooth) you shouldn't have any worries.

It's usually nickel plated or chrome plated buckles are the culprits - the tongues rust so they are rough and act like sandpaper to wear the billet holes.

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post #15 of 19 Old 02-27-2013, 04:52 PM
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I have several older girths with no rollers and I personally like them better. I have no problems with them ruining my billets.

But, if it concerns you, surely you can get new buckles put on. Any saddle repair shop should be able to help.
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post #16 of 19 Old 02-27-2013, 04:54 PM
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I don't think I've ever seen a girth without rollers....
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I don't think I've ever seen a girth without rollers....
Same here!

Even the cheapy Wintec girths have rollers.
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I love my winter girth! It's so comfy!
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