Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: Canberra Australia
A rear cinch is dependant on the rigging position of the saddle and possibly with your skill at roping.
As a rule of thumb full double rigged saddles really aught to be ridden with a rear cinch as that rigging position is designed to be ridden that way roping or not; whereas anything from ¾ to centrefire shouldn’t really need one even if you are roping.
If on the other hand you aren’t much good a sliding rope, like me, or just not much good at roping in general, also like me, I have found that a rear cinch helps stabilize things a bit. So, on my ¾ rigged wade I also have a rear cinch.
Now, if you are worried about stability and your saddle isn’t set up for a rear cinch, there’s a way you can put a temporary one on. I have done this with my half breed Australian saddle that is 7/8 in skirt rigged (Probably more like ¾ now I have taken a photo of it) and has no rear cinch.
I started a horse who’s back more resembled a 44-gallon drum than a horse once, and after she bucked and ditched me hackamore, saddle and all, I decided I needed something to maintain a bit of stability. So, I rigged it up like I have illustrated with my awesome Paint skills (I’m being sarcastic, at myself, my paint skills are NOT awesome). Unfortunately, I pulled the rig apart because I wanted the brass rings for something else, but the picture should give you the jist of it.
The red lines represent leather straps, 3 of them, one coming from the front rigging on each side connected to a ring (the orange circle) hanging under where the cantle meets the bars then another connecting to each ring and going over the rear jockeys snug up against the cantle. The green line is the rear cinch billet, one hanging from each ring. I laced everything together, however you could rivet it all and lace it onto the front rigging. You also need to be careful to make sure its all even.
Last edited by AnrewPL; 02-12-2020 at 09:12 PM.