Checking latigos for wear and damage is important but often overlooked or forgotten. It’s easy to make checking latigos a habit every time you ride and it only takes a minute or two. Weak and worn latigos can cause accidents and should be replaced right away.
Several years ago, I was leaning on a fence watching a cutting. A friend of mine who is a professional trainer was entering the arena and getting ready to head to the herd to make his first cut. Before he got to the timeline, he realized his stirrups were a bit short, so he stepped off to adjust them. When he got around to the right side of his horse and lifted the stirrup up, he saw that the Dee ring on his saddle had worn almost entirely through his latigo. He had less than half an inch of leather holding his saddle on! That was a close-call and could have been a bad wreck.
When you check your latigos, inspect the entire strap for weak spots and age. Make sure the leather is pliable. Look for elongation of the holes in the straps. It’s especially important to check for wear where the cinch buckle attaches to the latigo or double off. It’s equally important to check where it’s folded over the D rings of your saddle. If there are any problems replace the strap(s) immediately. If you have young kids make sure to check their latigos. This is one piece of tack you really depend on!
To attach a new double off latigo:
- Thread it onto the ring of your cinch buckle. Make sure the ends are even.
- Run the doubled ends through your saddle’s right Dee ring. Go from outside to inside.
- Bring the ends back through the cinch buckle ring. Place the buckle tongue in the desired holes. Make sure the tongue goes through the same holes on each side of the fold.
- Tuck the ends through the keeper on your cinch so they will be out of your way.
Dennis Moreland latigos and double off latigos are handmade from carefully chosen tight, dense latigo leather. Each latigo is cut and edged by hand. They are just the right thickness to be extraordinarily strong, but they won’t leave a lump under your fender. Cinch hobbles straps are also available. For questions write to us at email@example.com or call 817-312-5305.
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