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Okay, so I just want to hear everyone's opinions on this subject.

I, personally, don't like to wear backcinche son the trail. Especially our trails...We go majorly off the road and into the brush and branches and leaves get stuck in it, which is an obvious problem in its own. However, I can also see how a backcinch would be a good thing.

Any thoughts?
 

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SorrelHorse,

A danger when ridding trails with a loose rear cinch is impaling the horse if your rear cinch catches on something as you go over it. When I ride trail with a rear cinch I keep it cinched up the same tightness as I use with my own belt.

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SorrelHorse,

A danger when ridding trails with a loose rear cinch is impaling the horse if your rear cinch catches on something as you go over it. When I ride trail with a rear cinch I keep it cinched up the same tightness as I use with my own belt.

Ben
This is the same philosophy my instructor uses. The saddle I'm using has one and I was asking questions and she said for arena work, loose enough to fit a fist under, but for trails she likes it to touch, not be tight, but touch the belly.
 

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If properly fitted the rear cinch should be maybe 2 fingers. Loose enough to allow for the horse to breath. Anymore than that could be trouble. To loose a foot can hang up in it or as the op was saying things getting stuck in it...
 

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I alway use my flank cinch on the trail. We've got some pretty steep terrain in the Cascades and I like the security it offers.

In regards to how tight - I'm in complete agreement with Fowl Play's instructor. Snug but not tight.
 

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I never use a back cinch on trails, and believe me I've ridden some pretty rough country. If the saddle fits correctly, even in really, really steep terrain you shouldn't need one. The only case where I have ever considered having need of it was on an appy I rode for a while that was mutton withered - in the end I put a crupper on and that solved the problem. I don't know why, I don't have a great valid reason, I just really don't like flank cinches, never have.
 

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I used to guide pack trips in the West Elk Wilderness in Colorado. ALL our saddles had back cinches. On steep terrain, going down hill, they will keep the saddle from riding forward as much.
One hint though....make sure the rear cinch is tethered to the front cinch. I rode up a steep hill with one not tied to the other. The rear cinch slipped back into the flank. I was suddenly on a major bucking bronco in a very bad place!!

Some of the terrain we would ride;





The scree fields



This was my prelim event mare. She could pack elk too

 

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SorrelHorse,

A danger when ridding trails with a loose rear cinch is impaling the horse if your rear cinch catches on something as you go over it. When I ride trail with a rear cinch I keep it cinched up the same tightness as I use with my own belt.

Ben
I agree. I like to use a back cinch, but keep it snug; And one should be aware of it being there as you go through various brush and trees. Just like driving a veicle. When you have a trailor behind, you need to readjust where you go and the size of your veicle.

But things can happen, so a snug cinch is a good safety practice. Going without one is certainly okay too.

But this thread is good reminder to be careful of such things....for sure.
 

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Wow! Awesome country. Tell me....I'm new to this forum; how do you get these pictures onto a thread like this? Do you just copy and paste, or what?

We have some awesome riding country here too. 'S what I live for!
 

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Rawhide, welcome to the forums!

If your image is already on a hosted site, you just click the yellow icon on top of your text box that says insert image, and paste the url. If your photo is on your computer, you need to use a site to host it, like photobucket or imageshack to upload it to first, then paste the "direct link" url in the insert image box.
 

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I used to guide pack trips in the West Elk Wilderness in Colorado. ALL our saddles had back cinches. On steep terrain, going down hill, they will keep the saddle from riding forward as much.
One hint though....make sure the rear cinch is tethered to the front cinch. I rode up a steep hill with one not tied to the other. The rear cinch slipped back into the flank. I was suddenly on a major bucking bronco in a very bad place!!
You're remarkably well rounded!! I'll bet a summer in the Rockies helped your eventing mare alot. I always have ridden with a rear cinch and never had a problem but I have seen people that didn't pay attention or didn't think a rear cinch had to be snug get in some bad situations. I took a horse to ride for a guy that said he bucked whenever they saddled him and when I looked at the guys saddle he didn't have the rear cinch connected to the front cinch. That horse never bucked with me.
 

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Okay, I will try that. I could probably copy and paste form facebook as well, right? I know I can on another forum.

I'm better with horses than computers. :eek:) Thanks.
 

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Okay, I will try that. I could probably copy and paste form facebook as well, right? I know I can on another forum.

I'm better with horses than computers. :eek:) Thanks.
I hear you there!! I should hire a trainer to teach me the internet.
 

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I definately agree that it shouldn't be too tight, I ust don't have a good fitting back cinch at the moment so its a little loose. I had a friend jump over a log on her horse and she thought the cinch was tight enough but the horse puffed even after she'd walked and adjusted a few times and the horse jumped to the sid einstead of forward and got its cinch caught on a branch.

Good to ehar everyone's opinions ^^
 

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Thing is I can communicate with my horse!! We get along great! :D
The thing about horses and computers are they may not do what we want but they usually do what we tell them.
 

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The thing about horses and computers are they may not do what we want but they usually do what we tell them.
That's true. I'm a painter and I always tell people, "the paint only goes where you make it go. You just gotta get good at controlling where it goes!" :D (just like golf)

But I was going to say.... My horses and I we see each other, talk to each other and everything, unlike my computer. I've even had dreams of my horse...and she could talk to me! Ha! Yes, in my dream she could talk!

What can I say...I love my horses! :D
 

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Once while I was mounting, a piece of leather had dry-rotted and snapped and left me and the saddle on the ground :D. Luckily for me, we didn't have a back cinch. So the moral of this story is, if you want a back cinch, make sure the rest of your leather is in good shape and no dry-rotting :lol:
 

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You're remarkably well rounded!! I'll bet a summer in the Rockies helped your eventing mare alot. I always have ridden with a rear cinch and never had a problem but I have seen people that didn't pay attention or didn't think a rear cinch had to be snug get in some bad situations. I took a horse to ride for a guy that said he bucked whenever they saddled him and when I looked at the guys saddle he didn't have the rear cinch connected to the front cinch. That horse never bucked with me.
Thank you Kevin!

yes, my show horses did a lot of things. In the fall, they would pack game out of the mountains for hunters. I had a four year old (that I had raised to be sensible) in training, that I took to pack out her first elk. I had the old vicks ready to put in her nose just in case the smell freaked her out. She walked right up to the elk, hanging in the tree, pushed it with her nose and watched it swing back and forth. I knew she would be a smack down good eventer after that....and she was.

The horses would get to a show and you could hear them think...."this is ALL I have to do?"
 
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