I found my dads saddle from when he was a kid, and since it is structurally sound I am cleaning it up for my 4 year old nephew to use. My question is where does tge girth attach? The stirrups are on a front ring and there is what appears to be a flank strap. Help please? Thanks!
The black strap is where th e stirrups are, they look like english leathers. Its not going to go one a horse, I was thinking of making a rocking horse type thing with it. I'm just curious about what goes where lol Posted via Mobile Device
Yea I know:) that's why I'm confused. I didn't know if older saddles rigging is different or what.I can't get the picture to upload, but they're western stirrups. I have looked everywhere on the saddle and it has no evidence of ever having regular stirrups rivited in or attaching anywhere.
The black strap on the round ring is not where the stirrups go......that is for your cinch.
The stirrup leathers go up under that curled flap of leather (called the seat jockey) and around the saddle tree and back out again and buckle back to themselves. They won't appear to have been riveted anywhere because that's not how they work....they actually wrap around the tree. Similar to how the stirrup leathers wrap around the metal hook on an English saddle....only western they go around the tree.
The whole stirrup leather and fenders appear to be missing. They should look something like this:
I know someone else posted a chart, but here is another one on a live horse:
So I don't know if that helped much or not, but I tried. I can't seem to find pictures/info on the internet on how to replace the stirrup leathers with photos. That would really help and the info must be out there somewhere but I can't seem to find it.
That saddle doesn't look sound enough to use on a live horse anymore without risk of an accident. So as a decoration or on a rocking horse would be best.