Originally Posted by SeabiscuitMustang
OK, we did a hunter pace for fun and he was just fine on 10/4. No pinching, nor chaffing.
On 10/9 we rode at a walk for about 4 miles and the cinch chaffed under his belly.
I wash my cinches every month.
I have full quarter horse bars Circle Y flex trail saddle with 3-way adjustable rigging. Presently, I'm using the full saddle position. After a few weeks and the chaffing has healed, I plan to move the rigging on both sides to the 7/8 position and try that.
Should I move the rigging to the 7/8 position on both sides, would that possibly prevent chaffing and deter the girth from coming in contact with the tissue behind the shoulders? Although most of our trails are level with an occassional creek or hill, would I need a flank strap to keep the saddle from tipping?
There is often a debate between neoprene cinchas and traditional (mohair, etc) cinchas. Both sides claim the "other" kind give their horse sores. I think it is an individual horse thing. A neoprene cincha on my horse slips and seems to bother him. A mohair cincha stays put and never causes a problem. Other people have opposite results. Different horses may react differently to various materials.
You asked about keeping the cincha centered. To do so you will either have to increase or decrease the length on the off-side.
You may also need a longer or shorter cincha. Both sides should hang down an equal distance on both sides of the saddle. I "know" where they are supposed to be, but cannot think how to explain it at the moment.
A dirty cincha can cause chaffing, but so can one that is "too clean." What I mean is that you have to be VERY careful that all the soap is washed out when you clean it. Soap residue can be VERY irritating. I usually brush off my cincha once and a while. When it gets very built up, I clean it in a sink of hot water. Soak, rub, empty sink of dirty water, refill with clean water, repeat. More a series of rinses than cleaning. Soap if very hard to get out completely. Many detergents are made to "stick" to materials... where do you think that "fresh springtime scent" comes from?
Your monthly washing may be adding to the problem.