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  • Saddle slides off even though cinch is tight
  • Cant tighten cinch

 
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    03-15-2010, 09:59 PM
  #11
Weanling
I always put my fingers in the "gap" behind his elbow and slide down. The girth puts the most pressure on the sternum which is right in the middle. So just putting your fingers on the side is not really a good way to judge because some girths might feel looser/tighter at that part depending on the shape of the horse. The sternum is really the important part for judging tightness.

Just thought I'd mention that since no one else brought it up.
     
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    03-15-2010, 10:09 PM
  #12
Pro
Weanling
I tighten mine differently on each horse, I find it depends on how high the wither is - the higher the wither the looser the cinch. I tend to ride with a pretty loose cinch anyways though. I check from under my horse (not on the side) and make sure I can fit all my fingers through. Normally I don't tighten it again unless I get off and have to get back on or if the saddle starts to move.

When I get on and the saddle slides it's too loose! If not I just go with it. I've never had any problems with this.
     
    03-16-2010, 05:29 PM
  #13
Weanling
I've never felt how tight I have it on his sternum...I'll have to do that the next time I cinch.

I usually like to be able to get my hand between the buckle and the horse. For my own horses, I girth a little looser because they both have high withers and I use a built up cut back pad which helps hold the saddle in place. I do have rather small long hands, so my hand is probably three fingers for most guys. I know that my two fingers in a curb and my instructors are waaay different.
     
    03-17-2010, 04:33 PM
  #14
Green Broke
I tighten mine tight. My horse is mutton withered so no matter what it will slide. My friend tightens it to the point I swear my horse can't breath which is why she is becoming cinchy :( I will have to make sure she doesn't tighten it to the point it pinches the crap out of her and that she is comfortable.
I personally can't tighten a cinch really tight so my friend helps me but I know she tightens it too much so I will have to mention she makes it too tight.
     
    04-10-2010, 01:25 AM
  #15
Foal
I tighten as tight as I can, and after 10 minutes I could probably tighten it more... I'm terrified of a saddle sliding loose on me... When I was 6, I watched our neighbor fall down across a 6-strand barbed wire fence because her saddle was too loose... After seeing her back look like it'd been run through a grater, I make sure that my saddles are tight...

Neither of my horses seems to have a problem with it either, and I've never had a problem...
     
    04-10-2010, 02:34 AM
  #16
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Originally Posted by skittle1120    
I tighten as tight as I can, and after 10 minutes I could probably tighten it more... I'm terrified of a saddle sliding loose on me... When I was 6, I watched our neighbor fall down across a 6-strand barbed wire fence because her saddle was too loose... After seeing her back look like it'd been run through a grater, I make sure that my saddles are tight...

Neither of my horses seems to have a problem with it either, and I've never had a problem...
I tighten it really tight......... and then lunge/walk around, then tighten it again.
     
    04-10-2010, 07:58 AM
  #17
Foal
Depends on what im doing with the horse. If im just schooling I cinch up tight enough that I can still get my hand snug between the cinch and the horse.
if im trick riding, it's done tight! I trick out in the open at the back of the property and can't afford my saddle slipping.
if im riding a problem horse with an attitude I cinch up alittle tighter than I would for general schooling.
     
    04-11-2010, 08:12 PM
  #18
Weanling
I tighten it from side to side until it's snug on the bottom. I don't even check the sides anymore, haha. But since I always use the same girth/saddle combo, it generally just put the girth on the 4th hole on each side (gradually) then check it real fast when I get in the arena.
     
    04-11-2010, 09:54 PM
  #19
Yearling
I tighten it a bunch of times, gradually. The first time I tighten it just so the girth is resting on him with very little air between him and the girth, nothing constricting. Then, after I've bridled, I'll bring it up another hole so it's a little more fitting but still not completely there. Then I'll tighten it most of the way/all the way when I enter the arena, and I'll check it right before I get on to make sure. I find it is easier on them to tighten gradually like this and makes the tightness more 'accurate' as it lessens the effect of bloating. If I'm jumping, I'll have my trainer check it again before I go over anything. When it's fully tightened, I want to be able to fit 2-3 fingers between him and the girth snugly on the bottom of his barrel, but it shouldn't be a valiant struggle to get them in there.
     

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