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January 12, 2009



LOL - you're not the first person to respond that way! A friend of mine said "that's a lot of cinchin' up!" I had to reply, "what, are you in a hurry to get somewhere?"

But seriously, I think what's interesting is how in modern Western and English saddles all the parts have been attached into one unit to some degree. The padding is built into the saddle, so you don't need the sheepskin (well, some long distance riders still add sheepskins!), and the girth or cinch is attached with buckles and billet straps, so it doesn't need to be wrapped all the way around the horse.

On the other hand, these old style saddles are easy to fix out on the range - if your cinch breaks, you can just fix it with some rawhide. There are no buckles or sewn-in billets that need special equipment to fix or a store nearby to buy replacement parts from. Same with the traditional rawhide bridles - except for the bit there are no metal parts, everything is just rawhide, straps and knots, so any part can be repaired by a cowboy wherever he is, without needing special tools or a tack shop near to hand.

Kimberly Cox Carneal

seems like an awful lot of girths to me. maybe they help to distribute the pressure across a greater area than just one girth, like English saddles.
I would SO love to come striding up to a foxhunting meet in that red sidesaddle!
Those saddles are works of art--so beautiful.

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