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post #1 of 29 Old 05-10-2010, 11:28 AM Thread Starter
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Backcinches and trails

Okay, so I just want to hear everyone's opinions on this subject.

I, personally, don't like to wear backcinche son the trail. Especially our trails...We go majorly off the road and into the brush and branches and leaves get stuck in it, which is an obvious problem in its own. However, I can also see how a backcinch would be a good thing.

Any thoughts?

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post #2 of 29 Old 05-10-2010, 01:31 PM
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A danger when ridding trails with a loose rear cinch is impaling the horse if your rear cinch catches on something as you go over it. When I ride trail with a rear cinch I keep it cinched up the same tightness as I use with my own belt.

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SorrelHorse,

A danger when ridding trails with a loose rear cinch is impaling the horse if your rear cinch catches on something as you go over it. When I ride trail with a rear cinch I keep it cinched up the same tightness as I use with my own belt.

Ben
This is the same philosophy my instructor uses. The saddle I'm using has one and I was asking questions and she said for arena work, loose enough to fit a fist under, but for trails she likes it to touch, not be tight, but touch the belly.


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If properly fitted the rear cinch should be maybe 2 fingers. Loose enough to allow for the horse to breath. Anymore than that could be trouble. To loose a foot can hang up in it or as the op was saying things getting stuck in it...

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I alway use my flank cinch on the trail. We've got some pretty steep terrain in the Cascades and I like the security it offers.

In regards to how tight - I'm in complete agreement with Fowl Play's instructor. Snug but not tight.

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I ride in some rough country also, Never had a problem with my flank cinch




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I never use a back cinch on trails, and believe me I've ridden some pretty rough country. If the saddle fits correctly, even in really, really steep terrain you shouldn't need one. The only case where I have ever considered having need of it was on an appy I rode for a while that was mutton withered - in the end I put a crupper on and that solved the problem. I don't know why, I don't have a great valid reason, I just really don't like flank cinches, never have.


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I used to guide pack trips in the West Elk Wilderness in Colorado. ALL our saddles had back cinches. On steep terrain, going down hill, they will keep the saddle from riding forward as much.
One hint though....make sure the rear cinch is tethered to the front cinch. I rode up a steep hill with one not tied to the other. The rear cinch slipped back into the flank. I was suddenly on a major bucking bronco in a very bad place!!

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SorrelHorse,

A danger when ridding trails with a loose rear cinch is impaling the horse if your rear cinch catches on something as you go over it. When I ride trail with a rear cinch I keep it cinched up the same tightness as I use with my own belt.

Ben
I agree. I like to use a back cinch, but keep it snug; And one should be aware of it being there as you go through various brush and trees. Just like driving a veicle. When you have a trailor behind, you need to readjust where you go and the size of your veicle.

But things can happen, so a snug cinch is a good safety practice. Going without one is certainly okay too.

But this thread is good reminder to be careful of such things....for sure.
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Wow! Awesome country. Tell me....I'm new to this forum; how do you get these pictures onto a thread like this? Do you just copy and paste, or what?

We have some awesome riding country here too. 'S what I live for!
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