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post #1 of 5 Old 12-03-2012, 08:29 PM Thread Starter
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Red face Important reminder: Cinch Hobbles

Just wanted to remind everyone who uses a rear/back/flank cinch to double check the condition of the connector or cinch hobble.

My nice, wonderful, calm horse turned into a bucking bronco on Saturday. I had no clue what set him off and sent me flying after trying to get his head for a full lap of the gallop track. When I caught him and got back on, he was agitated but cooperative, so I finished my ride up and went to un-tack. That's when I noticed the back cinch was not where it should be and the hobble had broken at a rivet. It all came together!

So now I have a bruised coccyx and a bout of sciatica...all because I had gotten lazy and wasn't regularly checking my hobble.

I urge everyone to just check the condition of the connector next time you go to ride, if you use a back cinch.
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post #2 of 5 Old 12-03-2012, 09:20 PM
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I haven't ridden lately cause my horse got to big for his back cinch/bucking strap. Well really it was the billets that were too short. He's young and once in a blue moon will have a blow out. Got my billets and installed em. While I did them I double checked the hobble ;) No cracks so were good to run.
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post #3 of 5 Old 12-03-2012, 09:28 PM
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The first time I ever unintentionally rode a bucker was because of a back cinch sliding up into his flank.....sure gave me a good ride and surprize!!! Now I don't use one.....don't need it for what I do....and then I heard a horror story about a horse actually putting his back foot through it.....I asked if it was too loose, apparently not, horse just had a good aim!!!
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post #4 of 5 Old 12-03-2012, 09:52 PM
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Yes ma'am, a broken cinch hobble will surely cause a wreck.

My husband was riding a horse for the ranch manger, we saddled up on a cold morning to go wrangle horses and his horse kept wanting to hump up and buck, hubby kept talking him out of it. Granted that might be typical for most horses that were saddled in the dark and at about 0*F to wrangle, but not for this horse. He was our "cold morning, or hangover horse" because he would be very trustworthy. Hubby continued to wrangle(at a gallop), we get to the barn and ties him in his stall (in the light)only to notice his cinch hobble was broke and his back cinch up in his flanks...LOL All we could say was thank goodness it happened on him rather some other bronc that would use the excuse of its tail brushing on the back side of his legs to buck...tee he

OP, hoping for a speedy recovery

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post #5 of 5 Old 12-03-2012, 10:21 PM
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Most people I see using a back cinch leave them too loose. Almost loose enough that if the horse kicked at its belly, it would get caught in the cinch. My wife rode her horse for the longest time without the hobble and never hadan issue. Most of this past summer I rode without one because mine broke with no issue.
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