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Here's the deal, I grew up riding western - I have taken apart, cleaned, and reassembled saddles before --- BUT --- it was MANY years ago. Apparently, it doesn't all come back to you.
We got DD a saddle for Christmas. When it arrived, we went and purchased a girth for it, but I am sitting here staring at it with NO idea how the heck I am supposed to attach the darn thing to the saddle. Try as I might, I cannot remember. I can find all sorts of articles on how to cinch it up, but nothing on how to actually get the darn thing on there in the first place.
It is a synthetic and came with some nylon/web straps on either side - I have always had all leather saddles and can't help but wonder if my first move needs to be to replace the nylon straps with leather, they just don't seem that substantial.
If anyone can break this down "barney-style" for me, I would most appreciate it.
 

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So the billet straps (nylon) are already attached to the saddle right?
 

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I don't ride western, so I went to YOUTUBE and typed in "Attaching girth to western saddle" and you know, not one video could I find on the very subject.

They have vids on how to saddle your horse and how to tighten your cinch, but now how to attach.

I think someone, needs to make a video - step by step and put it on youtube.

Hey you western guru's out there! *hint hint*
 

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The 2 nylon straps on each side... the one that would be on your right if you're sitting in the saddle should be the shorter of the two, probably by a lot. The buckles on your girth probably are different on each end. Most have a flat-ended buckle, maybe with a roller, on the side that attaches to the left-side (longer) strap when you tighten the cinch, and a rounded buckle that buckles onto the off billet. I don't know if that makes sense or not; hopefully it did. If you have a picture of your girth, I can probably say exactly which end goes to the short (off-billet) strap.

As far as nylon vs. leather straps, I've ridden both, and have never had a problem with the nylon wearing out. However, I don't use the buckle-holes. I tie the cinch off, even on the off-billet side, to tidy up the excess strap (my mohair cinch doesn't have a keeper). I find that the nylon is easier to tighten with my SmartCinch roller, but I've never had it slip loose.

Don't feel bad about forgetting. I mostly ride English now, but every now and again I toss the old western saddle on my boy if I plan on needing a little more stability during the ride, and sometimes I need to take a minute to remember how to knot the tie strap. :wink:

I agree with MIE: Someone with a videocamera needs to make a YouTube!!
 

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Yes, the billet straps are already attached. Thanks for all the great info, all! I just sat there and stared at it, put it away for a couple of weeks (too nasty out to ride anyway) and brought it back out today in the hopes I had somehow remembered it all, lol -- no such luck.
 

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Some nylon ones may not have the holes in the right places. I use a wood burning tool to melt holes where I need them. You can also use any metal pick, punch or awl thats the right size and can be heated up. Just use a burner on the stove to heat it up.
 

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If your latigo has holes punched in it then you don't have to tie the latigo you just put the pin in the hole and pull on the top wrap of latigo to pull it snug.
 

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So, I got it and when I was done I did feel like an idiot because I had just been WAY overthinking the whole deal. Once I started on the right track it really did just come back.
 

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Glad you figured it out. I have senior moment like that on a daily basis :lol:
 

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Books are really good. Go to the library and check out a lot of horse books and have fun reading them. :D

I read lots of books before I ever got my first horse, and new all the parts of the horse and tack, etc. by the time actually got one. I love horse books anyway!

The only thing I have found about horse books, is most of them originate in the UK and have an English slant. It is harder to find stuff on western riding, and when it is mentioned in the UK books, a lot of times you can tell they don't know much about it!

But you can find tons of stuff on the internet nowadays too, and it's free and easy, so that might be a fun place to start. I love learning everything horsie, including the English stuff (even though I ride western) because it's all applicable in some way or another.

Here is one of my favorite websites, and I am a western trail rider, not a dressage person!

::: Sustainable Dressage - - Welcome to my Site about Sustainable Dressage! :::

Click on the link at the top about tack and you will learn alot! Don't worry if some it is over your head, a lot of it is over my head too, but it is a website you can read over and over until things start to make sense. :lol:
 
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