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post #1 of 5 Old 10-28-2012, 04:01 PM Thread Starter
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New saddle - using back cinch

OK. I found this sadlle for $50.00 and bought it. It's in great shape, as is the tree, and is very comfortable. Not sure what kind it is - the people selling it couldn't decide, (It has a flower on the horn like a Simco, but the tooling is like a Bona Allen) but if it fits Nibbles, I'm going to use it for my trail saddle.

My question is about the back cinch attachment. This does not have the normal ring for the back cinch. It just has a slot in the skirt. (Arrow in picture) so...can I either 1. attach back billets right through the slot in the skirt to use a flank cinch, or could I 2. Tie the girth through the front, then through the back slot, then back to the front like I do an endurance saddle? Or is it stong enough for either? Is is just for show? Thanks/
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post #2 of 5 Old 10-28-2012, 04:06 PM
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I use a slit like that for my back cinch. Just the billets through it.
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post #3 of 5 Old 10-28-2012, 04:23 PM
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What a deal for $50! That is a nice looking saddle!
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Since you aren't planning on roping, the slot is ok to use if just trail riding or training. I don't like any more paraphenalia on a horse that is essential. Is that an arab saddle? The reason I ask is the saddle doesn't look all that old and the low cantle was often found on arab saddles. At one time the cantle on roping saddles were lowered like this as there was a belief the cowboy could clear the cantle easier. That goes back to the 50's. That trend lasted about 10 years. The flower in the horn is Simco's mark. You can also look up under the jockey on the near side and see if there are numbers/letters on the skirt. They also use a horse head stamp on the billet keeper but it often wears away. My old roper had SIMCO along with a number on the keeper. The word has disappeared and the numbers are half gone because they were stamped in to roughout.
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Don't know if it's an Arab saddle or not. The person selling it didn't say and i didn't ask. . It was funny - when I saw the flower, i said it was a SIMCO, and she insisted it was a Bona Allen becasue of the tooling. Her dad is an livestock auctioneer, and she knows sadlles, so i thought I was wrong. It does fit Nibbles, and it's SUPER comfy. Think I'll keep it.
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