lets watch this video, and then argue about flaws, far as using a back cinch, esp trail riding https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4s9Hsht4yd8
People accept that horses now benefit from chiros at times, regular dental work, saddle fitting, which was an unknown in the past, so why not try and see what people who really work a horse in the back country, say about how aback cinch functions-even on a very good fitting saddle
Sorry, Drafty, in no means did I want to come across as attacking you, but I found your post perhaps suggesting that a back cinch is just a fashion statement of sort, with no proof that it does benefit the back of a horse, esp on long rough rides
The effects of not using one, might not show up in one year, two years, or even 5 years, but how would you feel if eventually your horse got a back problem, that might have been prevented, by the simple use of a back cinch on extended rides?
Use the info, or not.
My back cinch just stays on my working saddles, which I also use trail riding. If just training around home, going for a short ride down the road, I don't do up that back cinch, like I would on a trail ride
I'm not trying to convince anyone to use one, if they are happy not doing so, but the OP asked, and the fact remains, that a back cinch is user friendly on a horse that has to work long hours on rugged terrain, and she can then do with the info (not fad, preference ) , what she wishes.
Same as chosing to use amounting block, or not, even if you don't need one, based on what research has shown
Every one of us does with facts and info what we feel like doing, but that info should not be buried.
As I already mentioned, I still chose to ride without a helmet most times, but am not about to argue that it is the best choice!