trah-vair (same, equal weighting of the syllables)
I also hear KROO-per for "Crupper" (which I pronounce KRUPP-er).
I say crupper. I have no idea if that's right
for a Courbette saddle ... I say coor-bette.
Is there a correct way to pronounce each of these words? Or is it like "Ariat" and "breeches" -- everyone has their preferred pronounciation?
The first two, renver and travers, are French. So French pronunciation holds. If my memory serves, I have it right on those two. Same for Courbette, a French word so w/in reason, a French pronunciation.
Ariat to me is a made up word- Airy-AT is ugly sounding, so I say Airy-ut.