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    08-21-2013, 06:36 PM
So, new (to me) saddle has a full length latigo tie strap on the off side, rather than your typical off billet to attach the girth. I know the extra bulk will bother me. I don't want to pay S&H to order an off billet...should I just cut down the full length tie strap & punch my own holes into it? Or just steal my old saddle's off billet, even though it's a perfect match to said old saddle and feels wrong to break it up...
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    08-21-2013, 07:18 PM
Originally Posted by nuisance    
Per FB, TG has 3 days left of work... counting today. (old job). She's counting it down, every day! Lol
I keep forgetting I have a Facebook . Havent been on it in almost a month. Am I missing something? Shalom
    08-21-2013, 07:33 PM
LOL, all this talk of A&M and Texas rivalry. Because of where I'm located, I also get to throw OSU and OU into the mix. Yep, football season is very unfestively colored around here....maroon and orange in every corner. Blech.

Cyn, you don't have to buy a whole new billet. Does this latigo have holes in it or is it solid? If you need to, you can poke holes in it (leather punch for leather, hot nail or soldering gun for nylon), double it over, and use it like that. If it's thinner and you feel like it would be more solid to have a couple of layers, you can put it through the cinch ring first, double it over, then run both sides of it up through the rigging from the front, then back down to the cinch and buckle it there.
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    08-21-2013, 07:39 PM
Originally Posted by Cynical25    
So, new (to me) saddle has a full length latigo tie strap on the off side, rather than your typical off billet to attach the girth. I know the extra bulk will bother me. I don't want to pay S&H to order an off billet...should I just cut down the full length tie strap & punch my own holes into it? Or just steal my old saddle's off billet, even though it's a perfect match to said old saddle and feels wrong to break it up...
Cut it and make it fit! That's the easiest! Altho a tie strap costs more than an off billet to replace LOL - but whatever works for you! I use a tie on each side of my endurance saddle b/c it has center fire rigging. So my tie straps start under the leg like a regular saddle, goes to the girth, back to the saddle, back to the girth and from there up to the ring behind my leg near my seat and I tie it there out of the way. Maybe that's what they were doing with your new saddle.

You shouldn't break up the harmony your off billet has with the saddle it belongs to. You could mess up the karma. It's chi might be off and upset the balance of the universe. ;-P
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    08-21-2013, 08:30 PM
The off billet on my trail saddle is a "half breed" which means it starts out looking really long but there's a way you can use it with a regular cinch. It's kind of confusing at first if you're used to a regular off billet but this link shows a pretty good picture of how you attach it to your saddle. It's easy once you "get it" and I think that's what smrobs was describing too. I'm a picture person myself. I hate cutting tack unless I absolutely have to.

Off Billet
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    08-21-2013, 08:44 PM
Green Broke
Haha well guys I won't be affording college anytime soon I don't think. I looked at the vet tech for A&M and I do not have even the basic 9000 let alone the books 1900 etc haha so college is being close is just a plus for now as are horses.
    08-21-2013, 11:23 PM
Hey guys ... really busy week. Trying to get everything caught up and in order before I leave. Friday is my last day. I gave them 3 1/2 weeks notice and they have asked me for exactly ... nothing.

So today I cleaned my computer, emailing and transferring all my files, spreadsheets, resource websites, etc to my boss and the unit supervisor. I think I freaked them out.

Big boss keeps saying she's not worried because she's just going to call me whenever she needs something. We'll see how that works for her.

Next week is orientation in Houston. I'm dreading the drive etc, but anxious to get started.

Bought clothes at Goodwill .. took them to the cleaners, so I have business attire for orientation and meetings, etc.

Loped Gunnie yesterday for the first time since he bucked me off in the spring. He is so awkward and unsure at the lope. It was awful, but he did it and didn't buck and we got all the way around the round pen in both directions, so yay!

Chicks are healthy and growing.

We had a nice ride out on Sunday.

Life is good.
    08-21-2013, 11:49 PM
Sounds awesome tg, so excited for y'all!

We are headed back to Commerce to drop dd off for some college fun before classes start on Monday. Its been a very long day and we still jave a few hours left before we call it a night:)
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    08-21-2013, 11:56 PM
Green Broke
TG, when you come down to Houston you should visit me and Henny!
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    08-21-2013, 11:57 PM
Originally Posted by Cynical25    
If a scorpion fell into my bed, I'd be in a hotel within the hour.

I'm partial to Dallas, as you are within driving distance from nearly anything you could ever want: city bustle, country quiet, shopping, restaurants, museums, bars/clubs, live music, Pro-sports teams, fresh local food markets, high society, indie chill, jobs, schools, the Texas State Fair....and one of the nation's largest airports if you want to get anywhere else in the world.
AHEM!!... Dallas is also near Ft. Worth, which thanks to the proprietary good taste associated with old money, has a rich tradition in the arts as well as in the western horse world. I live in between the two cities and take advantage of both
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