Tying the cinch ONTO the saddle.(Western)
So I have the tie up strap onto the left side where it belongs but I need to attach the cinch to the saddle and I dont know how, and when I google it, it just tells me how to tie up the cinch which is not what I need. Anyone know how :c Its just a long leather strap, no buckle or anything on it but it looks like there should be a buckle as there is marks but my sister who gave me this saddle and everything, said there isn't supposed to be a buckle on it so? I don't know. Help me please :c
Is there any way you can take a picture of all your tack so we can see what you're working with?
The way I'm getting it pictured is that there might not be an actual cinch on there but just a latigo (the long peice of leather). In which case, you'd need to buy a cinch
I'm confusing myself.
Alright from scratch. Here is what I got. I thought I had it but no I got even more confused.
You have the cinch, but those Straps are wayyyyyy to thin/ narrow.
Tie straps and off Billets Straps on a Western Saddle are at least 1.75" to 2" wide
Western Leather Tie Strap - Horse.com
This saddle used to be my uncles, its a pretty old saddle and these were the straps we've always used with them and it worked perfectly fine to be honest. I know it needs new straps but I can't afford them right now, so these will do just fine as they have for the past plenty of years, and I'm not riding anyways as my horse is only 2 years old, I just want to practice putting it on him and getting him used to the tightness.
Like SouthernTrails said, those are far too narrow (the problem with that is that they are more likely to break, especially since they are old, and that would be very traumatic for a young horse) and I suspect they are far too short as well. The one with the buckle actually looks like it might be a stirrup leather off of an English saddle.:?
It doesn't take a whole lot of money to get a decent latigo (either nylon or leather) that will last for years. Since you're not riding anyway, why not just wait until you can afford something that's actually supposed to be used that way instead of risking traumatizing your young horse?
AFTER you get some real latigos, it's not all that complicated to attach them to the saddle. You just tie the end that's doubled over around the front D-rings of the saddle like this
How To Attach a Latigo (cinch strap) to a Saddle
then you proceed to do up the cinch in one of the ways from the link that STGA posted earlier.
You need to buy an 'off billet', permanently fastened to the saddle and cinch. It is used to fasten the cinch to the right side of the saddle. Here is one sold by country Supply. Cashel Nylon Off Billet - Horse.com
You need a 'tie strap' permanently fastened to the left front rigging ring of the saddle. It is used to fasten the cinch to the left side of the saddle after you put it on the horse. Here is one sold by Country Supply. Cashel Nylon Latigo Tie Strap - Horse.com
The strap in your photo (the one with a buckle) looks like a western bridle throatlatch. The other one is just a piece of leather -- possibly part of a rein. Neither serve any function on a saddle.
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