Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Olds Alberta Canada
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Don't even know why this became a discussion of types of saddles, as the simple question was, does the back cinch have a purpose, trail riding. THat was it, and yes it does. It is not just for roping.
One the also assumes the question was asked by someone actually using a saddle that accommodates a back cinch
Right from the beginning, I said that it is not needed on all rides, buT I just happen to leave mine on my working saddles
I am quite aware of people doing cross country and endurance riding, so never said you can't ride in anything but a stock saddle in rough country, but IF you do ue a stock saddle, makes sense to use a back cinch
The OP just asked for a simple answer, using a stock saddle with a back cinch, as to whether it had a purpose.
It does same as a helmet, although I ride without one most times , and it certainly can be done, but still, if someone were to ask me, if a helmet had a purpose, I would concede that it does, versus referring to all kinds of pictures where people even jumped major fences without one, etc
If you can't see the analogy< I'm sorry, but I'm done arguing tangents , which have nothing to do with the original question, nor even support any view I have.
I also have read books like Tshiffliys Ride, charge of the Light brigade, have friends that both endurance ride, do competitive rides and cross country, and realize an English saddle is suited to those events.
However, I don't think the OP is asking whether she needs to install a back cinch on her English saddle, or even whether she can ride out with one-just about the purpose of a back cinch, on a saddle that accommodates one, for trail riding
One can then make a choice to use one or not, based on where you ride with that saddle, same as I decide if I am going to use a helmet, which I try to remember to do, when riding a green horse out
My original disagreement arose from the rely that a back cinch is only needed for roping or barrel racing-which is incorrect on both counts, as a back cinch is not used on a barrel racing saddle, and it does have a purpose in trail riding, for those that chose to use it, done up correctly, versus being superfluous