How to Choose Your Saddle Rigging




How do you know which Tucker saddle rigging will work best for you and your horse? We’ll explain each one so you can easily decide. Rigging selection is usually based on both previous riding preferences and future riding plans.


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If you want a FAMILIAR, QUICK, and EASY rigging, choose:


• Most popular
• Traditional western rigging you’re used to
• Quick and easy rigging process
• Uses an off billet and 5′ long tie strap
• Uses a traditional Western-style girth
• Optional rear flank cinch set can be used on the straight hanging rear dee to secure the back of the saddle
• A rear flank cinch set should be used if you’re riding over more rough terrain

Flank Cinch Tip: we recommend you be able to slip two fingers between the flank and the horse at the apex of the belly. It should not be loose or hang below the horse’s belly – a loose flank cinch is a danger to horse and rider. Always use the connecting strap between the front and rear cinches to position the flank cinch properly and prevent it from becoming a bucking strap.


If you want a SECURE rigging without using a flank cinch, choose:


• 2-in-1 rigging option
• Offers the convenience of a front dee standard attachment and the front-to-rear balance ride attachment
• When you use the front-to-rear design, this rigging offers a unique, extra secure fit that’s great for regular intervals of rough terrain riding like extreme elevation changes or jumping over trail obstacles
• You have the option of only using the front dee and not use the rear angled dee if you’re not planning on rough terrain riding
• Uses a Western-style girth
• Not recommended on an 18.5″ seat size


If you want a SECURE rigging that uses an ENGLISH girth, choose:


• Uses two separate billets to buckle to the English-style girth
• Offers a unique, extra secure fit so it’s great for rough terrain riding like regular intervals of extreme elevation changes or jumping over trail obstacles
• Uses an Endurance-style girth with 1 ½″ buckles
• Great for the English crossover rider to use a girth you’re already comfortable with
• Not recommended on an 18.5″ seat size


If you’re an ENGLISH CROSSOVER RIDER or like an English style rigging, choose:


• Uses an English-style girth with 1″ buckles
• Billets are 1” wide and plenty long for ample adjustment
• Ideal for the English crossover rider


If you want rigging OPTIONS because you ride several different horses with varying conformations, choose:


The placement of the saddle on the horse’s back is important to function and comfort. The correct saddling position places the front edge of the bar BEHIND the horse’s shoulder blade. This is the sweet spot where the saddle will rest comfortably without interfering with the horse’s movement. For some horses, their unique conformation or gait may challenge the proper positioning of the saddle and cinch. The 3-Way Adjustable Position Rigging is a great feature that allows you to customize the rigging position and cinch placement for an individual horse based on their conformation.

• 3-in-1 rigging options
• Choose where you rig the saddle in the Full, ⅞, or ¾ position
• Eliminates bulk under the rider’s leg
• Rig your saddle the same on both sides
• Uses a Western-style girth


 Key point: you are not necessarily trying to change saddle placement by changing rigging position since the saddle should always be behind the shoulder blade. You should choose the best rigging position to keep the saddle in this proper place.

What are some ways Adjustable Position rigging can be used?


Have you evaluated your horse’s conformation at the shoulder?
This rigging is great for 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.

Will a particular saddle fit a particular horse?
Different saddles, both with Adjustable Position riggings, could fit the horse differently if they are different styles or tree sizes. You won’t necessarily always use the same position.

Does your horse have a soreness or girth gall?
You may be able to use the rigging position to help.

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). If the rider is using an EBR Rigging system then the front dee would be used. If not, the tie strap will be too close to each other causing the rigging to be more centerfire than full or 7/8.

Should I rig my horse the same on both sides?
YES! Always be sure to rig your horse the same on both sides.


We’re here for you. Give us a call at 800-882-5375 so we can help you decide which rigging will work best for you and your horse.