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post #1 of 14 Old 10-28-2012, 12:13 PM Thread Starter
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Question what is a back cinch for?

What is the back cinch used for? What is its purpose?
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On a full double or a more forward rigging it helps hold the back of the saddle down, evens out the downward pull of the front cinch so as not all the pull is placed on the front of the tree.

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aids in holding it down if you are roping, otherwise is a crutch for ill fitting saddles.
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aids in holding it down if you are roping, otherwise is a crutch for ill fitting saddles.
Never seen it used like that. O_o

It is used to keep the back of the saddle from coming up. I had mine on because it completed "the look" though, just like I use a noseband with my English bridle. Haha.
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It is used to keep the back of the saddle from coming up. I had mine on because it completed "the look" though, just like I use a noseband with my English bridle. Haha.
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Me too, I just love the look of a fully decked out western saddle, I feel so empty without my back cinch and breast collar :p
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I'm not sure about helping an ill fitting saddle but Joe is right in that it's purpose is to hold the back of the saddle down in events like roping and barrel racing. The trick is to have it fitted right..not too loose but not too tight.

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Thanks! so how would you know it fits just right? For example like fitting two fingers or a hand etc.?
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it doesnt help but people try it, basically a too wide saddle that lifts up in the back when you tighten the girth,, Sooooo people throw a flank cinch on to pull it back down. DOesnt fix the problem though.
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Thanks! so how would you know it fits just right? For example like fitting two fingers or a hand etc.?
Loose enough so that they can breathe and move around without it pressed up against their skin but tight up enough so that there isn't a chance of them getting a foot hung up if they were to scratch their belly or something caught in it out on a trail.

Generally an inch or so off the belly. I just had to take my back cinch off because my mare decided to start stocking up for winter and I can't buckle it anymore. My saddle fits that I don't need it..I just don't like those billet straps flapping around because they aren't removable. le sigh.
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aids in holding it down if you are roping, otherwise is a crutch for ill fitting saddles.

This is poppycock. it is not a crutch for illfitting saddles. A well designed Western saddle is MADE to be used with two cinches. IF you use only the front, you are getting only a portion of the correctness of the tree.

A well designed Western saddle used with only one cinch is the hallmark of a lazy rider. I know, I am one.
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