Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Taranaki New Zealand.
What I found interesting was that after watching the clip and then deciding to do an experiment, I didn't have to do the front girth up as tight as I have done so in the past when I used the rear cinch nice and firm. I have definitely been converted simply because there is noticeably less saddle movement with its done up this way. It is hard to explain how something feels but here goes, I could feel Phoenix's movement very clearly without extra saddle movement dulling those sensations. I felt heaps more balanced, honestly it was like riding a completely different horse. The other thing that I noticed was Phoenix was much more easy going down very steep inclines, in the past she has always been a bit evasive going down hill, not too bad but tending to want to sidle down sideways. With the saddle cinched in the manner the video suggested she is definitely a lot more fluid going down steep hills. This makes sense to me now because with the rear cinch done up firmly, the front cinch doesn't have to be so tight so the front of the saddle is not winched down into her shoulder.
If you have a western saddle and have never used the back cinch I recommend you give it a go, I was genuinely surprised at what a difference it made to Phoenix and myself. I wouldn't put on my saddle any other way now.
Tinyliny, no it wasn't that guy who came for my husbands help but a saddle maker here in NZ. The saddle makers name is Craig Early and he is based her in Taranaki. He learned his trade in the States somewhere and keeps himself updated with all the latest information. Craig makes beautifully hand carved saddles, I wish I could afford one - one day I will be able to put in my order.
Last edited by kiwigirl; 01-27-2011 at 05:13 PM.