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post #1 of 3 Old 09-20-2019, 09:22 PM Thread Starter
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Mecate Reins and Australian Stock Saddle

I’ve just purchased a beautiful new bridle. However, the mecate strap is really long and I ride in an Australian stock saddle. I know most people with Western horns just wrap around them the but the stock saddle doesn’t offer that option. I tried the ‘through the belt loop’ option but at a trot and canter it slips and slides until it becomes too long and annoying. Anyone have any other suggestions?
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post #2 of 3 Old 09-21-2019, 12:55 PM
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I prefer NOT to tie my McCarty tail to my saddle via the horn or front saddle string. It defeats part of the purpose of having the lead.

I prefer it in my belt loops or down my pant leg.
Depending on the diameter of your McCarty and belt loops sometimes putting it through two belt loops solves it from slipping, also material will have a factor.

However, don't stuff it through so many belt loops that you're welded to your lead and horse!

Another simple solution is using a thin piece of latigo leather to make a mock saddle string on the dee ring for your breast collar/plate.
If something bad happens the idea is the latigo will break rather than jerk a dee out of your saddle or possibly strand and ruin your mcCarty.
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post #3 of 3 Old 09-23-2019, 07:49 PM
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I run mine through a belt loop or the front strap of my chinks if I'm wearing them. My mecate is pretty thick so it doesn't slide out easily but isn't so tight that I won't be able to get loose if my horse and I part ways suddenly.
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