How do you tie a girth?

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    03-06-2011, 05:00 PM
Smile How do you tie a girth?

I have ridden english all my life and I am now starting to do barback work on my horse. The barback saddle I use has a western girth. Problem is, I don't know how to tie a western girth, does anyone have any helpers or instructions?
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    03-06-2011, 05:07 PM
For the most part we don't "tie" it. Below is the process we use at the livery.

1.) Check the girth for any foreign objects; dirt clumps, sticks of hay, whatever.
2.) Take the cinch strap and insert it into the ring of the cinch. Loop it back around, through the rigging ring, and go through the cinch ring again.
3.) Now go through the rigging ring; only this time, taking the cinch strap to your left, looping it in front of the loops you previously made, and back through the rigging ring from behind it. Now take it through the middle of the little "tie strap" you made.

You can see the same process in this video: .

To be honest, this is obviously with a saddle. I personally know nothing of bareback "saddles."
    03-06-2011, 05:09 PM
This is a good video that shows how to tie a western cinch.

Oops the above poster beat me to it.
    03-06-2011, 05:13 PM
Thanks! Those videos really helped!
    03-13-2011, 08:56 AM
Thanks for posting that. My daughter just switched to western and I had no clue on how to do it. One of the ladies at the barn would have shown me though.
    03-13-2011, 09:22 AM
Originally Posted by They Call Me Pete    
Thanks for posting that. My daughter just switched to western and I had no clue on how to do it. One of the ladies at the barn would have shown me though.
You might want to talk to her, too. Western saddles also have to be set up well (such as how the blanket has to be, where the saddle should be/how it should fit, etc.) or it can cause grief to the horse.
    03-13-2011, 09:30 AM
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I use to tie like that, but the knot would rub on my knee and also caused a white spot on our horse. Now, I use the cinch like a belt buckle since most latigo straps have holes in them anyway.

Instead of going up to tie the knot, I use the tongue on the cinch in a hole on the strap.
    03-13-2011, 10:28 AM
One warning about AlexS's video - never secure the breast collar before cinching up the saddle. If a horse spooks, that saddle can cause a bad wreck since it can slip under the horse and panic him further.
    03-21-2011, 10:04 AM
I was in the position you're in. I finally got fed up with it (The stupid thing was like, a foot taller than me, and I'm almost 6 foot tall!) and I went down to the local tack shop and got a weaver girth. Now Ray won't exhale when tightening it, but it's waaaay more simple.
    03-21-2011, 10:52 AM
Parelli also discusses the problem with the "necktie knot" & has a couple of alternatives. You can find out about them from spirithorse on here, I'm sure.

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