The most common mistake with girthing
this saddle is with using the English billet strap method, which
is simply to put the buckle into a hole of the cinch strap. That
method will not get the cinch tightened enough to keep the saddle
on the horse securely. Also, trying to finish the end of the cinch
strap with a western knot doesn't work either because the D ring
isn't big enough to accommodate the knot. The knot is sometimes
referred to as the Texas T, bow tie or western knot.
The customer does have a choice to order a larger cinch D ring for their saddle, BUT it is considered custom and the 100.0 fee applies. This will allow you to use the knot method for your cinch. An advantage to using the method
below is that it creates less bulk under the left knee flap.
The method used to cinch the Sports Saddles
starts out like that of any other western girth method. However,
the buckle on the girth needs to be used to complete the cinching
rather than finishing with a knot at the upper D ring. Follow the
procedure illustrated below. Please note: Becasue the D ring is small, you will find that the tie strap can only go through it no more than two or three times. But then you may find that there are no holes to use. So, it may be necessary to create more holes up higher into the strap, between where the nylon tie strap is attached to the ring and where the first hole begins. This way when you take the tie strap twice through the D ing there will be holes for you to finish the job.
|Step 1 Put
the cinch strap thru the girth ring, but keep the strap loose
at this point.
|Step 2 Now
go up to the upper D ring and put the strap thru there and
bring it on down to the girth ring.
|Step 3 - Put the
cinch strap thru the large girth ring, now for the second
time. Now pull the cinch strap up snuggly.
|Step 4 - As you
pull the nylon strap upward to tighten the girth the strap
will slide easily. The nylon strap slides easily on itself
unlike the leather cinch straps, which tend to resist sliding
easily due to moisture.
|Step 5 Put
the pin from the buckle into the desired hole but do not let
the pin just stick out to the side. If the pin is left like
this it could slip back out of the hole.
|Step 6 to
get the pin to sit firmly up against the nylon cinch strap,
put your finger under the outermost nylon strap, grip it and
tug outward. This will seat the pin up against
the nylon girth strap. If this leaves the strap with too much
play in it than put your fingers under the entire nylon strapping
and tug outward on it to make the final adjustment.
|Steps 7 & 8
- What do I do with the excess cinch strap? You may not have
enough strap left to store the excess through the leather
keeper found on the Trail models. You can drape the excess
over the Skito pad's keeper strap on either side of the cinch.
|Or, if you have a neoprene
girth you can double-up the excess and tuck it away inside
the pocket of the girth. If you are using the girth that came
with your saddle (sorry, no picture) you will see a three
inch wide open ended pocket on one end of the girth. You can
place the excess into this pocket if the girth was arranged
so the pocket is on the girthing side of the horse.
I hope this helps out a lot! Call me if you need help, 614-837-7299, Gerri Rini.