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post #1 of 13 Old 06-07-2013, 11:15 AM Thread Starter
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Attaching the girth to the saddle?

I just got a new western saddle,and I was wondering how you would attach a girth like this to it

Thanks! The top hooks on to the strap on the right side then the bottom where you tighten it goes on the left,right? I tack up my horse all the time but I JUST got my own saddle for him yesterday
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post #2 of 13 Old 06-07-2013, 11:19 AM
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Pssst, don't call it a girth. Western folks call it a cinch.

As far as how to attach it, I have no clue. All that loopty-loop stuff the Western people do confoozles me!

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Hehe,everyone I know calls it a girth even though everyone I know rides western! Guess it's just a habit now :P
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post #4 of 13 Old 06-07-2013, 11:33 AM
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The round end goes on the right side of the saddle. Then to thread it you take the latigo through the top buckle, go back through the saddle then through the bottom one.thenbtighten
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Oops lol. Tighten it then you're done!! Stupid phone.
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post #6 of 13 Old 06-07-2013, 11:44 AM
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Sounds like you've got it right.

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post #7 of 13 Old 06-07-2013, 02:40 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks! Wasn't quite sure,and now I'm mad at my cats because I had some tack in the living room and they picked my reins and a little bit of the synthetic stuff on the latigo for the belly straps. It's staying in my room until next time we head to the barn xD
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post #8 of 13 Old 06-07-2013, 02:42 PM
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looks to me that the square ended buckle would go on the right side, as the billet on the saddle on that side does not usually require the same sort of 'doing up' as the latigo (the proper name for the billet on a western saddle) on the left side, and the right side does not get adjusted once you have it set to the proper hole on the billet, and the cinch is even with the centre of it at the centre of the horse's underside.

the left side latigo will be run through the round ring of the girth (cinch), going from the side of the ring that is facing the horse, then back up to the ring on the saddle, then back down through the cinch ring one more time then back up to the saddle, then looped around horizontally once (front of saddle to back) then up through the ring again and back down on the inside of the horizontal loop you created. some left hand latigos on western saddles have holes for the buckle 'pin' on the cinch to go through, some don't. i have had to remove the 'pin' from the left side of a western cinch before as my saddle did not have holes in the left side latigo.

hope that helped and was not too confusing!

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post #9 of 13 Old 06-07-2013, 02:46 PM
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If that's a smart cinch by weaver, one end should have a sort of roller on it. That's the end that goes on the near or horses left side. The round end should go on the off billet or horses right side.
The roller is suppose to make it easier to pull the latigo through.
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post #10 of 13 Old 06-08-2013, 09:12 PM
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I have the exact same cinch. If you buy the smart cinch by Weaver, it comes with instructions & pictures & everything.
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