Thanks Joe!! I'll look into Montana cinches further.
That's great! I hope she'll have some ideas and recommendations for me!
Gottatrot, I have seen the same cinch on another site and it is listed as having 1 inch buckles. Sooooo close though!! Thanks for looking!
Nicolerm, I'll look into that. I have been emailing several custom cinch makers, so am just waiting to hear if they can do it/what it would cost.
Why the roper style. That cinch is designed to spread the weight of an animal pulling on the horn. To use is for other purposes puts too much pressure on the horse's chest. It isn't doing the horse any favors.
Wow. I've never heard that before. I guess I don't get how it causes any more pressure than a regular cinch. Could you explain a little further?
As to the why, I like the fact that it is wider, but doesn't interfere with the horse's elbows. I know when I am carrying stuff, a thicker handle is much more comfortable than a thin one. I figured the same probably holds true for my horse.
I've used both straight cinches and roper cinches on my horses and they seem to like the roper style better. However, I am interested in hearing how it could be bad.