Logo, Caldwell Saddle Company

(706) 886-0314
3484 Prospect Road, Toccoa, GA 30577

Conchos


TO TIGHTEN OR LOOSEN YOUR CONCHOS, PLACE THE POINTED END OF A SCREWDRIVER IN A GROOVE OR RIDGE ON THE CONCHO. TAP THE HANDLE END OF THE SCREWDRIVER WITH A HAMMER TO TURN THE CONCHO. BE CAREFUL NOT TO OVER TIGHTEN AND BREAK IT. SEE PICTURE BELOW:

 

ADJUSTING YOUR FENDERS/LEATHERS
To raise or lower the length of the stirrup leathers, it is not necessary to remove the hobble straps, which means you are less likely to loose them. Riding without hobbles is extremely dangerous! Follow these steps for an easy solution:

   

               RIGHT                                                    WRONG

**There should always be only 1 or 2 fingers width at the bottom of the fender above the stirrups for the hobble strap**


 

Latigo Halfbreeds vs. Off Billets

     I saw a lady from Iowa almost killed at the NBHA World from an improperly hung lattigo halfbreed. Halfbreeds are softer for the horses' comfort and  longer for more adjustment on different sized horses. They are mostly used by trainers saddling lots of different sized animals from 2 - 8 year olds.

 

                                    (Picture 1)                                                     (Picture 2)

     Picture #1 shows a standard doubled & sewn, shorter off-billet which is hung over the saddle's front rigging on        the off side; then both ends are passed through and buckled into the girth.


     Picture #2 shows finished hanging lattigo halfbreed. The following pictures show how to do this:

                     

                                    (A)                                                               (B)

                   

                                (C)                                                                (D)

  • NEVER cut these halfbreeds shorter and use as off-billets. Single ply around saddle riggings and girth buckles can break 1st time they are used.
  • Saftey comes from having double layers at riggings and triple layered at the girth.
  • Always tuck ends into girth loop or pockets that are found on quality girths.
  • NEVER use girths with chrome or nickle plated buckles because rust will unknowingly eat thru your girth.
  • Squared off buckles will not wear out your ties & off-billets the horseshoe curved styles.

 

WARNING:  WRONG TIE STRAP LACING
 

 
Folks,

The photos above were taken of a child's saddle sent to us for clean-up.  Note the lacing had slid back and was mostly undone.  This would have come completely undone during the next ride, possibly injuring the little girl

Lacing tie straps and billets properly is extremely important to us so we have diagrammed the proper methodology for this.

Please follow the correct procedure…your life could depend on it.

     1)      start with pointed tips cut on lace
     2)      go through bottom sets of holes, pull tightly, and hold leather together with your other hand while lacing

    3)      take both laces up and back through the single top hole, pull up tightly



4)      at this point, some people will tell you to pass the loose ends down through the loop of lace between the bottom two holes – do not! This is very important not to  lace this way.  It will not stay tight and could cause the tie strap to slide off.



WRONG! – no matter how tightly this is pulled, it will come undone

5)      pass each of the loose ends back through the bottom holes so that the ends are again on the rear side

HINT: use an ink pen or narrow Phillips head screw driver to push through the holes to move the lace over and slightly stretch open the holes

               
    6)      to lock in place using your pen or screwdriver lift each loop a little and pass the loose end under the loop crossing sides, pull up tightly and cut no shorter than ¾”



7)      we like to hold something like a hammer head under the lacing and firmly tap the top lace with another hammer to lock the lacing in place