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Old 07-30-2011, 01:46 PM   #1
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Saddle rigging question

Hi, I am new to western riding, I have a circle y equitation and a timberline officers saddle which I love, thing is when I put the saddles on I feel the girth is really close to the horses leg compared to the English saddle I am used to, is this normal, am I doing something wrong, I will try to post pics, am having problems with that too!
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Old 07-30-2011, 04:19 PM   #2
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If your cinch ring is directly under the forks, then yes the cinch will sit close to the elbows. If this is a problem it can be remedied if your saddle has a ring behind the cantle attached to the tree - not inskirt. There is a way you can combine both rings and move the cinch back.
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It will sit a lot further down.
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Old 07-30-2011, 07:05 PM   #4
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Cinch position isn't as critical as to where the bars of the tree sit (you don't want them impinging on the movement of the horse's shoulder blades).
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Old 07-30-2011, 08:05 PM   #5
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Do you know what rigging the saddle has? Centerfire, full rigging or 7/8" ?
Full rigging will make it ride close to your horse's elbow, and it will sore a horse that way
The fit of the saddle and how you place it, will also determine where the cinch lies-so without seeing your horse saddled, hard to say
True, while the fit of the bars is important, so is where the cinch lies. I've seen horses galled pretty bad by having the cinch right up against the elbow
Here is info on rigging
http://ezinearticles.com/?Western-Sa...ified&id=93770

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Old 07-31-2011, 09:24 AM   #6
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A horse with a wide barrel will cause a cinch to move forward as well and drag the saddle with it.
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Old 08-01-2011, 09:26 AM   #7
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Usually an 'Officers Saddle' or service oriented saddle has an adjustable rigging. Have you checked that particular saddle?
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