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    02-17-2011, 04:27 PM
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Different types of western saddle rigging...

So, a few weeks or so ago someone posted a video about back cinches. In that video there was a method of cinching the saddle where you use the ring for the back cinch and the ring for the first cinch together and run a long latigo through both rings and the cinch (then tie, etc, on both sides) so that you were only using one cinch but your saddle acted like it had a front and back cinch and the cinch was in a more middle position.

If someone knows where that video was. I'd love to watch it again...

AND, if anyone has had experience cinching their saddle like that, I'd love to hear about it. I would like to try it but I'm not sure how well it'll work...
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    02-17-2011, 06:16 PM
Might be on the website "about the horse" I think it's Dave Genadak and his saddle fit video . Google those things and see if that leads to correct area.
    02-17-2011, 09:10 PM
It's called Centerfireing. If I had a saddle with a place for a back cinch this is the way I would cinch up. Ceneterfire Saddle
    02-18-2011, 02:14 PM
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Thanks you grayshell! That's exactly what I was talking about.

So, I suppose the question is has anyone centerfired their saddle and has it worked well?

And thanks tinylily! I haven't looked yet but that sounds very familiar... :)
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    02-18-2011, 02:31 PM
Why would you not just use a fore and rear cinch?
If you saddle is full rigged or 7/8th rigged, it is probably designed to be used with a flank cinch.
I have an endurance saddle that is designe for centerfire rigging. It doesn't work well if you do NOT do it this way. It depends on how the saddle was designed.
    02-18-2011, 02:39 PM
Heres the video I think you were looking for.
I seem to remember reading that for saddles where the front line of the cinch comes off the tree way far forward (like 7/8 or full ) that you must use a front and back cinch. In the video he is using 3/4 type rigging.

I know another website that explains it better. Let me see if I can find it.
    02-18-2011, 02:40 PM
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    02-18-2011, 03:54 PM
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Thank you for your thoughts! I really appreciate them.
My saddle is 3/4th rigged, so that's why I was thinking it might be a good idea. :)
And, I would like to get a back cinch, but I was figuring that if I could get the benefits of a back cinch without having to spend extra money, why not? I'm basically just fact finding.

Also, last summer when Lacey had to wear a saddle for hours a day (at camp), she got some pretty nasty cinch sores. I tried my best to not ride in a saddle when she had them but there were times that I had to use a saddle and I really would have liked a different rigging option so I didn't have to put the cinch over her sores. We're going back to camp this summer and I anticipate similar problems. I'm not sure why she was getting the sores since I don't cinch up too tightly, just tight enough that the saddle doesn't slip all over when we go up/down hills...
    02-20-2011, 02:05 PM
I have a Tucker Endurance Saddle and I rig it centerfired, works well. I have rode it like that on many trails, flat and hilly with no issues.

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