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post #1 of 8 Old 03-13-2012, 12:49 AM Thread Starter
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Rear cinch question.

How tight do you tighten yours?
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post #2 of 8 Old 03-13-2012, 12:53 AM
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I don't make mine tight but it don't let it hang either. It will be touching the horse but not constricting at all. Having a backcinch hanging down two feet just defeats the purpose and is very dangerous. But having it cranked down is uncomfortable and not effective either.

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i'm getting my horses used to them for when i need them for trails. When I'm riding flat, I tighten them so that they just touch the belly. then when i put my weight in the saddle it usually pushes it down a bit so that theres a little bit of space between the cinch and the belly.

when i need them on trails i tighten them so they are snug and once i mount they are still touching but not too tight at all.
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Thanks for the info. I have always let mine hang right off from touching and when I get on it really hangs... lol dont know what made me think of it but I guess it was when I just got this new saddle. Seems like they gave me enough room on this saddle to fit the rear cinch around a truck so much hanging down when I pull it up a little tighter. Slack that is. Guess I would trim it a bit.
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One of my biggest pet peaves is when people ride with the back cinch hanging way down. My thoughts are if yoiur going to let it hang down that far then you might as well just take it off. would hate to see what kind of wreck you could get into if a stick were to run up there or even have your horse kick at a fly by his belly and then get a foot caught. When I am just riding around I have it touching their belly with just a slight gap or else no gap at all. When I am roping calves in the arena it will be just about as tight as my front cinch to prevent the saddle from tipping up and pinching my horse in the withers. My roping runs are only a minute or two long from when I tighten the back cinch to when I loosen it though. I wouldn't be going for a long ride with it that tight for sure.
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I agree with above poster . there should be no gap.
Also, if the rear cinch has some tightness, and i mean more than just touching the belly, you can have the same security without needing to tighten the front as much; spreads the tightness out. I dont' know about roping or barrels or such. I am jsut talking about trail riding.
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I am going to adjust my new saddle today! Very valid points you guys! I will have to punch a new hole in it as it uses the belt type loops. Might have to trim the excess off like I said above seems like they gave me way more then enough room to make it fit any horse haha. Also like you mentioned it could cause a big wreak now that I think about it.
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I don't use one all the time but do use one on every horse as part of training. I put them on so they are just touching. I don't have anywhere to ride that requires really snugging one up but like them to be used to one should they move on and be somewhere that does.
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