That looks much better then knotting! This saddle doesn't have holes along it though...it had 3 handmade holes in one section and it doesn't have a keeper. The keeper must be the tag with a slot in it? I'm pretty sure it didn't have one of those.
How does the latigo running up through the keeper differ from an off billet strap then? Well, besides length.
My latigos have holes but I don't use them. I actually end up cutting off the buckle tongues off. The picture below is how I use the latigo and it is not as bulky as a farmer/California knot. I have NEVER had it come undone but I have had the buckles come undone before. Since the saddle your looking at doesn't have a keeper you put the "knot" on the opposite side of the rigging ring and run the the tail of your latigo the opposite direction, under the fender and hang it in the back rigging ring.
The latigo buckled using the tongue on the cinch then ran through the keeper is different because by looping the latigo through the cinch twice and having the tail it give a little more leverage to make it tight as need be. But, in my opinion, that is the problem with using the buckle tongue is that one hole may be too tight and the next not tight enough. On an english girth/cinch(correct me if I am wrong) they use buckles but there are elastic bands that help with the proper tightness and adjustment making the difference between two holes either too tight or not tight enough easier to deal with.
I DON'T LEAD 'EM AND FEED 'EM, I RIDE 'EM AND SLIDE 'EM.
Last edited by COWCHICK77; 12-06-2013 at 12:52 AM.