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    05-08-2010, 09:06 PM
Saddle Rigging- Dee Positions

My new old saddle has double dee rigging, which I'm used to. What I'm not used to is where the girth sits. With my longhorn, the girth was across the barrel right up to the horse's elbows. I'm not sure if my new saddle is 7/8 or 3/4, but the girth settles about two to three inches back from what I'm used to as the saddle settles into it's natural position. It settles even, seems tight and comfortable, but it looks odd to me. It's still very much on his barrel.

Gunner is somewhat older, a little swaybacked, and does have very high narrow withers. The saddle fits him like it was made for him, perfect sweat mark, good contact and wither clearance. He seems to like the saddle and fit, but is the girth sitting in the right spot? Is the rigging just farther back than I've used before?
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    05-08-2010, 10:35 PM
It sounds like you have the Double Dee In-Skirt Rigging

The Front Ring is in the Full Position, the Rear is in the 3/4 Position

I have never seen anyone use the front ring, most use the rear 3/4, it makes the girth be at a slight angle and helps hold the Saddle forward against the Withers, 3/4 rigging is quite popular with Gaited Horses and Endurance Riders.

    05-08-2010, 11:06 PM
The saddle is over fifty years old, so the dees are fastened to the tree. The back dees are the distance I'm used to from the center of the saddle, like for back girthing in roping. It's rigged like this custom (I can't get down to the ranch for pictures until later in the week)


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