The measurement around the body of the horse is referred to as the girth. The leather strap that secures the saddle to the horse is therefore referred to as the girth. A single girth, buckled at the side, secured the saddle to the horse. The girth was riveted to the lower part of the saddle and was set centrally, with a breast-band attached to stop the saddle from sliding backwards. The reins, possibly with strap ends, were of two straps held together by slides or buttons. Long adjustable stirrup leathers were of a length to give a straight-legged seat or one with only a slight bend.
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