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  • How to cinch up 7/8 rigging
  • Cinch chaffing

 
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    10-12-2009, 12:14 PM
  #11
Foal
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?
     
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    10-12-2009, 12:20 PM
  #12
Green Broke
I ride western as well, and I have a SmartCinch. They are amazing.
Cinch Up Your Horse With Smart Cinch | Roll Snug Cinch Buckle | Weaver Leather

I have had it for about 2 months, and have yet to have a problem with it. My old cinch, made my saddle slip, this one however, has changed that. No more slipping! And it does not rub at all.
     
    10-12-2009, 12:38 PM
  #13
Foal
My new cinch is a mohair smart cinch. The cinch roller actually pinched my horse.
     
    10-12-2009, 12:40 PM
  #14
Trained
I only use the Pro Choice Neoprene cinch. They are easy to was and keep clean. The neoprene part can be replaced if needed. They last for ever if you take care of them. They provide the lubrication the horse needs to keep from getting sores and since you can easily clean them after every use you do not have problems with a dirty cinch.
     
    10-12-2009, 12:43 PM
  #15
Showing
That's the cinch I use (roper style Weaver Smart Cinch). I can't imagine how it would pinch since the latigo covers the roller.
     
    10-12-2009, 01:01 PM
  #16
Foal
I don't either. Yet, it did pinch him and a customer service representative (of the brand maker) said it did the same to her horse!
     
    10-15-2009, 01:32 PM
  #17
Green Broke
Hmm, that's weird. I have never had a problem with it pinching anywhere. And I don't see how the roller would pinch.
     
    10-18-2009, 10:25 AM
  #18
Weanling
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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.
     
    10-24-2009, 01:50 PM
  #19
Weanling
Maybe make sure there isn't any loose skin under the cinch? Before you get on, pull a front leg out to make sure the skin under the cinch is smooth. Then pull the other front leg.
     
    10-24-2009, 01:56 PM
  #20
Trained
When I saddle up any of my horse and tighten the cinch I do it in 3 steps and walk them between each time. This keep the horse from getting sour being saddled. It also keeps their skin from wrinkling under the cinch and rubbing and pinching. It also allows you to get a good tight fit that is comfortable for the horse.
     

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