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post #1 of 35 Old 11-19-2011, 05:51 PM Thread Starter
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Western Saddle: Please Advise On What Accessories I Need!

Hey, so I have a gorgeous full size western saddle that I bought off eBay. I'm hoping it will fit Ali - if it doesn't I won't use it on her, don't worry about that.
It measures 17" seat and 9" gullet.

But it didn't come with a cinch, so I bought two, only to find that the back strap of the western saddle is apparently not the same as the front! Not a problem as such, but I'm wondering:

A) Do I really need a rear cinch? The saddle has the straps for one.
B) Where is a good place to buy a rear cinch and a connector strap? Any online saddlery stores based in the UK that do western kit?
C) Would I be better off just having it converted to use an English style girth? (I'm in the UK.)

I initially purchased the saddle with a cob in mind, so again, I have to see if it fits Ali properly. It's also very heavy - I'm a little concerned it might be too heavy for her. Really want her to be comfortable.
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A) Do I really need a rear cinch? The saddle has the straps for one.

Unless you're going up and down a lot of hills or running barrels, you shouldn't. If you require the back cinch to keep your sadle in place, than the saddle doesn't fit. But I'd remove the connecting straps if you decide to do without.

B) Where is a good place to buy a rear cinch and a connector strap? Any online saddlery stores based in the UK that do western kit?

Can't help you there, I'm afraid, as I only know US stores and catalogs...

C) Would I be better off just having it converted to use an English style girth? (I'm in the UK.)

I don't think so. Once you get the hang of the Western girth (and I recommend buckling, not tying), I think you'll find it easier to adjust than English rigging.
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Thanks Bubba. We will be doing very basic stuff for the first while at least, lol! Poor Ali has been left to her own devices for five years and only ridden for half an hour every few months...so lots of schooling and light hacking for us!

It's pretty flat where we are hacking wise, and the sand school is level. I will never be brave enough for barrels, lol! Tomorrow is crunch time: I'm going to try the saddle on her and see how she reacts. She has a small scar on her flank from where her previous owner's tack had rubbed once. The vet thinks she should be fine though, and she was ok when I tried her before buying her.

Cross your fingers that it fits!

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I don't know why Bubba recommends buckling vs tying (wrapping the leather latigo around the cinch ring). I much prefer this way because there is an infinite number of positions, vs the finite number of holes for a buckle to attach too.

As for the weight of the saddle, your horse will never notice, but you may , when you lift it up!
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Lol, I can hardly carry it! Seriously, this saddle is heavy! You should see me trying to lift it over my head to put it back on its rack in the tack room. My OH ends up stepping in before I can squish myself!

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I second everything that Bubba said. I also wanted to mention that if she's large enough to require a 9 inch gullet, then the weight of the saddle most definitely won't matter at all.

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Well, the saddle was originally bought with a chunky cob in mind, so I need to try it on Ali to see whether it fits. She is pretty broad - or should that be well-sprung? She might be offended at being called broad, lol! Bad enough I nicknamed her Freckles!

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LOL, I prefer the term "stout" .
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I don't know why Bubba recommends buckling vs tying (wrapping the leather latigo around the cinch ring). I much prefer this way because there is an infinite number of positions, vs the finite number of holes for a buckle to attach too.
To avoid the lump of the knot under your leg, the avoid having to grunt and struggle threading the latigo through itself, to get done a whole lot faster, to be able to tighten or loosen the girth while mounted, to ensure the girth is actually tight enough without worrying about your own strength figuring into the equation, to know whether or not your horse is bloating (or gaining/losing weight) based on the usual hole you use, and to prevent knot slippage and loosening.
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Well, that was satisfying. YOu had lots of reasons and certainly makes sense.
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