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/