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post #11 of 41 Old 05-01-2012, 08:33 PM
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Once you get the hang of it, you'll be like "I must of been an idiot for thinking THIS was hard...." (Story of my life, don't worry. xD)

Pssh.I didn't pick up the wrong lead
It's called a counter canter...
...A very advanced maneuver.
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post #12 of 41 Old 05-01-2012, 08:39 PM
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Originally Posted by Allison Finch View Post
I've got an idea....switch to English, it is so much easier to girth up. LOL!
I'm going to argue with you, Allison! I always found it to be much easier to tighten the western saddle than english.

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I have a REALLY easy way to remember it, let me draw it on Photoshop really quick and I'll post it up for you, if my tablet will work~

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post #14 of 41 Old 05-01-2012, 09:41 PM
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Dude what? Saddle ties are a thing of the past! I don't even know how to tie one....

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I had an issue with it to, don't worry!

It will become second nature.
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its easy once you get the hang of it

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post #17 of 41 Old 05-01-2012, 09:52 PM
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The latigo is wrapped (goes through the ring of the cinch and the ring on the saddle) usually 4-5 times depending on his big the horse's barrel is or how long the cinch is.. or whatever. Then you tie it like a 4

Up.. around to the left, cross in front, around to the right and down through your "rabbit hole" that you made.

I find English girths are hard to tighten whereas Western uses sort of the same technique as a pulley or ratchet..

You'll get it OP! Just keep on practicing. Make comparisons to techniques like making a 4 or a triangle and going through to tie it off or think of a castle and how to close the gate you had to reach up at the top of the rope and pull it down and gradually it'd close (to tighten the latigo.) Same with blinds..

You know? Make comparisons to remember how to do it. Last time I was in a western was.. phew 2002??

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post #18 of 41 Old 05-01-2012, 09:58 PM
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My latigo's all have holes and I only wrap it around the D on the cinch 2 or 3 times and use the buckle on the cinch....

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Lmao okay here you go. Sorry it's not the best, I'm really tired xD
Hope it makes sense though, it's how I learned.

Also @ that last step, make sure the end of the strap (second 1 in 11) is on top of the first 1 when you pull it tight. :P

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post #20 of 41 Old 05-01-2012, 10:11 PM
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Lots of folks just use the holes. I think a western cinch is easier to get tight than an English, but not by much.

Doesn't seem real complicated to me. Heck, rednecks have been doing this for years...
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