Julie Goodnight Explains Circle Y’s Rigging

Watch Julie Goodnight explain how to properly rig your Circle Y trail saddle using the Adjustable Position 3-Way rigging. Learn how to use this rigging when you have an angled rear dee which is used to secure your saddle when traveling over rough terrain.

How do you know which rigging to use? 
We’ve created these helpful guidelines, but we ask you understand there may be some variables depending on your specific horse. 7/8 position is most commonly use and could be called “neutral”. You should start here and adjust accordingly.

Gaited horse
You may try the 3/4 position because it will take the pressure off the shoulder and may allow them to gait more freely.

Conformation at shoulder
A horse with a really laid back shoulder and wither that ties in farther down the back…since the tree is supposed to sit behind the shoulder blades, this can set the saddle back to a position where the tie strap/girth is angled to the girth groove (where the girth naturally fits on the particular horse). In this case, you may want to use the full position to keep the tie strap/girth in a more perpendicular position instead of angled (which can pull the tree into the shoulder).

Where is the girth groove?
Horses naturally have a place where the girth lays. Some horses don’t have a very good groove at all. Others have a more defined groove. Some have a very forward groove that wants to pull the saddle forward. You can use the rigging position that best positions the girth in relation to the groove.

How does a particular saddle fit a particular horse? 
Different saddles, both with 3-way riggings, could fit the horse differently if they are different styles or tree sizes, so you won’t necessarily always use the same position.

What other accessories do you use?
If you use a rear cinch, you’re not going to use a 3/4 position rigging (the riggings would be ineffective because they are so close together).

You are not necessarily trying to change “saddle placement” by changing rigging position since the saddle should always be behind the shoulder blade. Use the 3-way rigging as a tool to choose the best rigging position to keep the saddle in this proper place.

At Circle Y, we believe achieving proper saddle fit is the first step to an enjoyable ride. Our Introduction to Saddle Fit will get you on your way to understanding and decide if you have a saddle fit issue.

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