01-17-2012, 12:18 AM
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Yes it's not really how soft or comfortable the cinch feels, it's how tight it is. If you've ever seen a buckin horse go down in the chute, like just crouch down, that's what's going on. You want those bareback riggins and bronc saddles tight. But, at the same time, if they're too tight, the horse's reaction is to go down. It kinda looks like they're stretching. It's not just yours, it happens alot. A horse won't perform at it's best with a really tight cinch. They can't run and won't jump as well. I picked up rodeos with a guy once who overcinched his gelding. I could **** near outrun that horse on foot when my buddy rode him. He couldn't catch the broncs at all. (and this guy was like 120 pounds). And when I rode the same horse he didn't have any trouble, even though I'm twice as heavy. Neither of us knew why till my dad got on his ass about cuttin that horse in two.
I don't know what your horse can take, but if you feel like you can loosen one hole, and still be safe, do that. I ride with a very loose cinch, even roping heavy stuff. But my horses have good backs and withers and you can step up on them without even having a cinch on.