Quick Roper Cinch Questions
I'm afraid I have been asking so many questions lately...I hope you all don't mind! :oops:
Is there any reason to use a western roper cinch instead of a straight cinch? I've heard the roper cinches help distribute the tension over more of the horse's belly, making them more comfortable while the saddle is more secure. They aren't much more expensive than the straight ones, so I wanted to ask if it would make any sense to go ahead and buy a roper cinch.
I've used both roper and straight cinches (mohair or alpaca is my favorite). About the only difference I see is that if you have a horse with a big belly, or kind of a small, short backed horse, the roper cinch will tend to want to crawl into his arm pits and could possibly rub.
I've never had actual cinch sores with mohair (or alpaca), but I've had the hair rub down to the skin in the arm pit area of the horse, so I know if I wasn't using something as soft as mohair it would probably rub. If you have a horse with a flatter stomach or longer back (or a big horse), then I think the roper cinches are very nice! But for a tubby little guy, I prefer a straight cinch because it gives his elbows more room to move. :D
What is most iimportant is that you buy a good quality cinch and keep it fairly clean.
Yes, roper cinches do distribute the pressure over a bigger area. However, unless you are really cinching up really tight or actually roping things, then it really doesn't matter which cinch you use. I always have a roping cinch because I do quite a bit of roping but with some horses and some saddles, it will tend to position in the wrong place and rub. For you, I think it is all a matter of preferance.
Okay, thanks for all of the information guys!
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