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Pat Miran 08-30-2011 01:02 AM

Strange girth
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

tinyliny 08-30-2011 01:14 AM

I think posting a photo would be very helpful. Do you mean Columbian like from the country of Columbia?

Pat Miran 08-30-2011 11:01 AM

I'll get a phot up today. Yes, from the country, Columbia. It's a Paso Fino saddle - English style. Thanks for your help, Pat

Pat Miran 08-30-2011 04:02 PM

verona1016 08-31-2011 12:05 PM

Maybe it's to be used with something like #4 in this photo? Looks like the top "cincha" would attach to the regular billets and the bottom one could go through the metal ring.

Joe4d 08-31-2011 10:29 PM

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.

Pat Miran 08-31-2011 10:53 PM

Thanks to both of you! I'll take a look on line and check out the austrailian girths.

Pat Miran 09-16-2011 08:10 PM

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

Trinity3205 09-16-2011 09:15 PM

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?

Pat Miran 09-16-2011 11:38 PM

No the rings are on each side of the saddle but are attached to the saddle in the same way as the billets - the leather and rings do not slide. How would the overgirth attach to the rings?

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