Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: Canberra Australia
Back cinches also depend on the rigging position on the saddle; on that one it looks about ¾ to 7/8th which really doesn’t need a back cinch unless you are doing some pretty heavy duty roping (which I’m guessing the saddle isn’t designed for anyway). All my saddles are ¾ rigged and I still ride with a back cinch though it may be loose most of the time, but it’s better to have it and not need it than need it and not have it. As for trail riding, if the saddle fits well even on rough and steep terrain you shouldn’t need a breast plate and a back cinch, but once again better to have them there just in case.
In terms of the saddle, the first thing I’d be asking is what is the tree made of? If it has any fibreglass, forget it, save your money and get a better saddle.