3 Point or "V" Saddle Rigging Instructions

V rigging is a method of fastening your saddle, from both front and back saddle rings to the front cinch by means of long latigos that ends up in a V shape. It may also be called "centerfire" as the cinch can be adjusted all the way back to the center. The rigging has the appearance of a true centerfire rigged saddle creating a most comfortable balance for the horse while improving saddle "fit" and function.

Balancing the saddle optimizes the built-in rock to lighten the front as the back is secured. It allows proper placement of the rider/saddle weight at the horse's strongest portion of his back, just behind the withers.

V rigging's advantage is that it can be used to move the cinch back out towards the rear girth area where the cinch does no tend to gall the horse.

The front to back straps create an extra snug fit and make steep riding more secure.

Both sides of the saddle are rigged with latigos, in mirror image to each other. (No offside billet is used). The latigos need to be about 6 feet long.

1. Start with latigo at the back saddle ring.

2. Go down through the inside of the cinch ring.


3. Back up to the front saddle ring and in through the outside of it.

4. Then head down through the inside of cinch ring again as you would if you were going to buckle it the cinch ring.


5. Take the latigo up to the back saddle ring.

6. Tie it off with a knot at that point


7. On the right side of the saddle, we recommend not buckle up the latigo strap and put the buckle’ tongue inside the cinch if you can do that depending on the type of cinch that you are using, being able to move the strap freely finding the right place when cinching the left side and have even pressure.


8. Then repeat the steps 1, 2, 3 at the left side of the saddle


9. Then head down through the inside of cinch ring and buckle it with tongue.


10. Then take it up to the back saddle ring and tie up with a knot


This method puts the knot on the back of the saddle ring, out of the way of the rider legs. It also puts 2/3 of the tension on the front saddle ring.