In all my years of riding I've never used or owned a flank cinch. I decided to get one for my new western gaited saddle due to it's cut, but am unsure as to how much to tighten it.
Some folks I've ridden with leave theirs pretty loose--say, a 5 or 6 inch gap between cinch and belly. This has always given me the willies, as I can see a hoof getting caught up in it, or fallen branches or whatever other hazards on the trails. I know better than that!!!
I've also seen folks tighten theirs up almost but not quite as tightly as the cinch/girth. This seems excessive, and makes me feel uncomfortable!! (Kinda like a too-tight bra!!!!)
Now, having been a teacher, I am always open to learning! Can some of you delightful folks chime in and share your knowledge? I surely appreciate it!!
Thanks, and happy trails, Renee