off billet versus latigo?
I'm trying to learn about saddles before I purchase one and while looking at western saddles and how they cinch, I noticed that one side has a latigo and the other side has an off billet.
Looking at the difference in these two straps and how they attach to the saddle and cinch....I got to wondering why western saddles don't just use an off billet on both sides of the saddle. Does anyone know why a latigo instead of an off billet? I can certainly see that a latigo would help make saddles/cinches fit a wider variety of horses...but if the tack is only for one horse, would two off billets work just as good with less bulk?