Originally Posted by Vidaloco
I have often wondered if I was placing it too far forward. I try to line up the conchos with the back of the shoulder like you said. When I do the latigos are at a real angle toward the front. Should that matter or should the latigos be hanging straight to the girth area?
No, it shouldn't matter. Well, I say it shouldn't, it shouldn't as far as the saddle placement on her back. BUT, if the rigging is farther back than her girth groove, then the saddle can inch forward during your ride. If that happens, then you need to see about having the rigging moved forward. A good saddle repair shop can move it for you.
Or, try using a roper style Mohair cinch. Girth it straight down, where the rigging wants it. See how that does. Mohair will stay put better and the roper style (wide center) will help even more, without galling. If the saddle and/or girth still inch forward during your ride, then ask around at the saddle shops to see who can move your rigging and how much it will cost (in-skirt rigging is harder to move than rigging suspended from the tree).
ETA, the conchos should be 2-3" behind the back edge of her shoulder blades. The edge of your skirts should be lined up with her shoulder blades, not the conchos