Originally Posted by NorthernMama
? None of this is making any sense to me. How would the size of the cinch determine whether or not the holes line up with the buckle?
If the cinch is too long, you can wrap the latigo around so many times that it bunches up and/or you get too thick with all the layers, while still bypassing all of your holes and being unable to buckle. I've had this happen when trying to ride a standard donkey. I couldn't even tie it, either, because there was too much bulk with the overwrapped, bulging latigo. I just wrapped it tight and checked it frequently for loosening.
If the cinch is too short, the holes bypass the first loop but won't reach the second, so again you can't buckle. I ran into the latter problem a lot with my 32" cinch and the hugely obese 1300+ lb Appaloosas I was riding. I'd end up either having to let the cinch way out on the off-billet side, thus making it uneven, or give in and tie.