I just purchased a used saddle, a Columbian saddle, Mesace 1910 without a girth. I didn't think this would be a problem but the billets are a little wide for the girth I have and between the two billets is a metal ring where the second billet would be. Does anyone know what type of girth this saddle needs? Thanks, Pat
Ive seen girts like that at tack stores, look around online it is sorta like an austrailian girth, it will have two buckles and a strap in the middle, originally the ring part was a seperate girth that goes over the top of the saddle, check out good pics at downunder saddelry and you'll see what I mean.
I checked out the austrailian girths on-line and although they are similar they don't match. Verona1016's girths are closer especially number 1. The saddle is new so the billets almost fit my old girth - I tried sanding down the edges and that worked to get my girth to fit. The only question remains is - What is the round ring between the two billets for? Thanks everyone for your help
Its typically for an overgirth. My Prince caspian saddle is kinda made that way and has two girths also. They add strength and stability to fast paced work like cross country or so forth. The billets are usually only nailed to the saddle tree and the overgirth is just is a solid peice that goes over the entire top of the tree. It lends strength and safety if a billet ever came untacked from the tree or broke.
Do the rings and leather slide back and forth at all?