I'll have to check that. The cinch I have has wool on one side and I'm not sure what the other side is made of, never really looked at the other side.
Ok..I went and looked and its thick black nylon strapping on one side with wool stitched to the other side. So this kind has no give then? I know our feed store has the multi-strand kind and I think leather ones also.
I can post picks of the saddle once its here. He's going to bring it with him when he comes to help us with it. It looks like a really good saddle. Old but it looks well made and well cared for. I don't see any cracking or thin feeling parts in the leather. The leather is really thick and very flexible and the tree feels rock solid. The fleece looks a bit matted but I got a 1" wool fleece pad to try under it also. The only part I'm worried about as far as condition is the tie strings that hang down. If I understand right, they go through the saddle and the fleece and are supposed to hold the saddle together? Well, the strings that hang off the saddle are mostly gone on all of them, just a...trying to think how to describe it. You guys probably know what it looks like anyways...not a knot there but the leather threads through each other. So that knot kinda thing and various odd lengths of strap hanging down is all that's there. I can see them on the fleece side and there they look strong but the other side looks worn out.