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post #1 of 11 Old 11-29-2011, 10:53 AM Thread Starter
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How to add a latigo to an australian saddle

When I bought my saddle, it came with an english style girth (I personally prefer western). I need to get a new one as this one is very worn out, but when I took it off the saddle, I noticed that on one side of the girth, one of the girth straps is attached right to the girth, and just loops around what appears to be a latigo ring under the saddle flaps and buckles into the girth. I have never seen a girth that attaches like that before, and can see myself having an impossible time finding a new one.
I would like to add a latigo strap to the ring and just use a western cinch, but I have never had to replace one before and do not know how to go about it. Does it have to go to a saddler to have one sewn on, or do they buckle or tie on?
Anyone have any experience with replacing latigo straps on a western or australian saddle?
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post #2 of 11 Old 11-29-2011, 12:52 PM
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I believe this is what you are describing:



That is normal. The far side looks like this:



I would recommend this website for info on converting to western, and products to do so:

Girts and Girthing Systems

DownUnder also has some options:

Australian Girths to fit all Aussie Horse Saddles

The problem I had was that going western add about 4" on each side, and my horses aren't very big around.

I tried using the overgirth in the middle



And using it as a pair of D-rings, but in the end decided the Aussie girth works best for my horses with Australian style saddles.
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Yes, thank you! That is exactly what I am referring to. I guess that's just the way they are made then. This is my first experience with an australian saddle so had no idea what the girth is supposed to look like once its removed. I'll take a look at those websites when I get home. Do you have a hard time getting the girth tight enough? I find that's my main reason why I wish to use a western one as I can never seem to get it tight enough- that may be because it is worn and stretched though.
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If anything, I find it too easy to overtighten an Australian girth. The one toward the rear of the horse gives you a lot of leverage...something about the double ring set-up seems to make it easy to bring the horse to his knees if you aren't careful.

I normally tighten the front one a little loose, then use the rear one to adjust to the tension I want. Walk, and tighten more if needed. Then back to the front one to take out any slack.

I think the leverage of a western cinch comes from the double wrap - lift it 2 inches, and the double wrap means the cinch only tightens 1" - a 2:1 advantage. The Aussie rear strap has the same 2:1 advantage.
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from your first post it sounded like your over girth was put on backwards, the off side should have two straps, the near side should have a strap and a D ring. Don't mess with he western conversion just buy the proper girth. Jeffers, horse .com, horsluvers, all stock aussi girths. My favorite is the neoprene from Horseloverz. Aussi girths are measured buckle end to buckle end, not counting the leverage strap.
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It must be that my girth is just over-stretched then (or I'm a weakling:P). The overgirth is on right, I just never noticed that it had a double strap because the side flap makes it hard to get a good look under there. I find the leathers are very stiff, which I think may also be what's causing me to have a hard time tightening it.
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I do believe there is a device called a "tackaberry" that you can use to convert it.
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post #8 of 11 Old 11-29-2011, 08:34 PM
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the tackaberry is even more ignorant. I don't see how you were saddling if you just now are noticing the straps and d ring.
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Actually, now that you mention it, the D ring is on the wrong side *slaps head*. Sorry bout that, I was picturing the saddle in my head when I posted that and for some reason it seemed like it was on the near side, but after reading your post, I realize I was wrong.
Ill try switching it over next time I ride and see if that helps me to get the girth tighter.
Thanks for the help!
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the off side has the two straps, adjust those so the girth is about centered, on the near side buckle the regular billet straps, not really that tight just enough to hold saddle, then run the strap from the girth, up and through the back of the d ring and out the front. Then back down to the rear buckle of the girth through the back out the front of that buckle. You now have two pully points. Pulling up on the girth strap doubles the amount of force you are able to apply. Pull that up and buckle it. Then go back and pull up the front strap tight and buckle it. Then do the rear again. I usually walk horse around and lift up his knees. Then snug up again.
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