I am new to western so please bear with me!
I put a used saddle on lay-away yesterday. Of course it has the two big rings for attaching the cinch. On the right side of the saddle, there is a leather strap attached that runs through the ring and comes down to form two ends. They have holes in them for adjustment, and there is a two-buckle cinch attached at this end. The other side is missing any sort of leather strap for attaching the girth.
My question is, what should I do to make this functional when I get it home? I'm much more familiar with the single-strap attachment method of cinching up a western saddle (I apologize if there are certain terms for this but like I said, I'm a newb and trying my best to describe it all!). Most of the cinches I've seen just have a big ol' ring at the end and you loop a long strap through that, over, under, around, etc. to secure it (I do
actually know how to do that!!).
Will I need to take this to a saddler, or can I purchase the straps myself (they're all attached with leather thongs)? Should I stick with the two-buckle deal or go to the single-loop type?
I wish I could post a picture but hopefully someone here will understand what I'm saying!!
ETA: One more thing - if it makes a difference, I'll only be doing light trail riding. No cutting, barrels, etc..