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post #1 of 16 Old 07-20-2015, 05:38 PM Thread Starter
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Rear cinch or not?

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I'm sure this has already been posted elsewhere, but as of today, I've never given a rear, or flank, cinch a single thought. Now, most of the rear cinches I've seen are so loose I figured they never did any good. I don't compete or anything like that. I just trail ride for leisure and ride around my house. Even my trail rides aren't extreme. But it's been brought to my attention that when used and fitted properly, they keep the saddle still and in place. I can see why that would be important. So what do y'all think? Any preferences on brand or material? I'm seriously considering looking into them for the fact that I was watching myself ride in a video and I can see my saddle move a bit when I'm at speed. So any advice for fitting, measuring, use, etc? Totally new to the idea of rear cinches so any and all advice, opinions, and preferences are welcome!
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Don't use one myself. My rump keeps the rear of the saddle in place. Don't rope. Wouldn't want to tighten one enough to press the rear of the saddle down, myself.

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My oldest dd bought one for her saddle. She's got a rim fire and going down steep hills the back of her saddle would pop up without the rear cinch.

Many people I dont think has the rear cinches adjusted right.
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Don't use one myself. My rump keeps the rear of the saddle in place. Don't rope. Wouldn't want to tighten one enough to press the rear of the saddle down, myself.
Mine does too for the most part haha! I don't think it should be overly tightened, but maybe just enough to keep it from moving so much? I just worry about having all the pressure in the front even though my cinch is just snug enough and never overly tight.
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I was told they should be just snug enough to hold the saddle on.

And trust me I have found that out accidentally. LOL I undid the front cinch and totally forgot about the back cinch. *duh*
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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.
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I don't like to put anything on a horse that isn't needed. What you are seeing is the horse's back lifting and lowering as it gallops which causes the saddle to do the same.



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post #8 of 16 Old 07-20-2015, 08:46 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you all!
Would the moving be any cause for discomfort if the saddle fits well and all that stuff?

How does one determine the size of a rear cinch? Is there a difference between the design of a rear and front cinch? So what im saying is that you couldn't just take a cinch that's just like the front one and attach it to the back straps?? (sorry, totally new to this )
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post #9 of 16 Old 07-20-2015, 08:51 PM Thread Starter
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http://www.smithbrothers.com/3-1%2f2...nch/p/X3-0215/

Is this anything decent? Are they supposed to come in other sizes? (32",36" etc...) Thank you all so so soooo much for all the help! So much to learn!

http://www.chicksaddlery.com/page/CDS/PROD/1025/FCS124

Or should I look at something nylon for just the little bit that I ride and for a "just when I need it" type thing.
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Use of a back cinch is dependent on your rigging placement regardless of activity.
the further back your rigging is, center fire, 5/8, even 3/4, no to little need. 7/8, 15/16, full double, the further forward your front cinch is you should have a back cinch to even the pull on your tree.

Out of the two options you posted, I would opt for the one from Smith Brothers just for the better quality alone.
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