Join Date: Aug 2013
Location: Casa Grande, Arizona
Personally I use a rear cinch whenever I'm riding. As for the material I prefer leather. It wears better over time.
When adjusting it make sure it's not too loose, otherwise your horse could potentially get a hoof stuck in it. I find that being able to fit 1 - 2 fingers is usually pretty good. And make sure you use a cinch hobble to connect the back cinch with your regular cinch. Otherwise it could move back and become a bucking strap.
Gal on the move (aka Angel), American paint mare, 1991 - 2017
Wc jae bar drifter (aka Jinxx), American quarter horse gelding, 2011 - current
Rockin the rocker (aka Twig), American quarter horse gelding, 1994 - 2011