Purpose of the single and double rear billets??

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    06-29-2012, 07:07 PM
Purpose of the single and double rear billets??

Just looking at some Billets and don't know the difference between the double and single.

I personally like the single look cause its less bulky but maybe there is a purpose to it?
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    06-29-2012, 07:41 PM
Single and double billets? I am afraid I don't follow. Do you mean a saddle with just one cinch, and one that has a front and rear cinch?
    06-29-2012, 07:59 PM
I think I am calling them right..

Saddle has a single layer

Other one is double layered..

Haha I hope I don't look dumb here..;)
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    06-29-2012, 08:04 PM
I see. One is folded over and stitched shut, and the other , on the right, is not stitched but just held in place by the leather tie.

I never noticed any difference in them. I rarely use my rear cinch. Just lazy, I guess.
    06-29-2012, 08:18 PM
The one on the right is actually an off billet, designed to be used on the off side of your front cinch. I haven't used them in years because they are rather limited on their range of adjustment. I generally keep a standard latigo on both sides of my cinch.

The billets for back cinches though, are always just the single thickness because, generally speaking, that cinch is not usually kept as tight as your front cinch.

Nope, don't look dumb at all, just curious and wanting to learn .
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    06-29-2012, 11:07 PM
Ok I think I get what you are saying. I have that on my saddle now and its a pain.. I can't think of what it looks like with the latigo on both sides Could you send pics of both sides of yours saddled up?
    06-30-2012, 12:19 AM
You betcha . One thing I like about doing that is if I get off and need to tighten my cinch but pulling the near side tighter will make the cinch off center, I can just go to the off side and tighten it like normal without having to loosen the near side first.

The first thing that made me think of putting latigos on both sides like that was I nearly had a very bad wreck with a colt a few years ago. I noticed my cinch was way off center and was starting to rub the hair off and would soon be rubbing a sore. I loosened the near side latigo enough so that I could tighten the off billet a hole or 2 and then I quietly started around to tighten it. Something spooked the horse and he took off around the pen running first and then bucking. My saddle was flopping around on his back because the cinch was so loose. The only thing that kept it from sliding on down under his belly was my breast collar. He bucked the saddle pad right out from underneath it before he stopped. Talk about feeling hopeless and helpless for a few minutes.

Ever since then, I don't loosen a cinch on a young horse unless I'm taking the saddle off LOL.

Latigo on the near side

And latigo on the off side. I had to put my own latigo keeper on this side (the thing you run the excess through to hold it up) because my saddle didn't come with one. Next time I get a custom saddle, I'll remember to ask them to put one on both sides. LOL.
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    06-30-2012, 08:38 AM
That is a good lesson learned then lol. Ill keep that in mind. I think I have an idea about this. Ill have to try it out cause I don't like the off side billet its a pain.

Thanks so much for all the wonderful replys! Its amazing how much you can learn!

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