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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jun. 11, 2009

    Default crossing billets

    Saw in a saddle fitting video the girl crossed her billets. Why would you do this?

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Oct. 31, 2010


    The Schleese rep told one of my students to saddle that way. I think the model she has is made to be done that way (but not 100% sure). I have als heard it being used on saddles that slide forward.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Mar. 30, 2005


    When I was having a bad time with my Hennig sliding forward, the saddle fitter told me crossing the billets would help prevent the slippage. Unfortunately, it makes tightening the girth from the saddle darn near impossible. I eventually went to a Le Tixerant girth which was the only thing I ever tried (& I tried a lot) that prevented the saddle from moving. Interestingly, my new Stubben Genesis doesn't slide forward at all. Go figure.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Jan. 19, 2009


    I was also told to try this by my saddle fitter. Supposedly it will help equalize the pressure between the front & rear, and prevent the saddle from slipping forward.

    There's probably a more technical explanation, but that's how it was explained to me. My issue was that the saddle would shift slightly forward on my wide-shouldered Arab with almost no withers.

    I switched to an anatomical girth, and that solved the problem for me.

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Sep. 24, 2008


    Be careful doing this unless you KNOW your saddle is fitted correctly. The front billet crossing to the back can jam the front of the saddle/pommel down tightly. It may not shift anymore, but it may cause problems down the road. Just my experience.


    PS...I cross my billets after a saddler very carefully showed me how and what to look for to be sure it was right on that particular horse.
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