As my ideas about saddles and how they should fit evolved I often found myself trying different things with my horses.Here I was trying out the single cinch idea; it’s not something I would recommend but it did lead to another design of a cinch.
This was the second cinch I tried and the recognition of the importance of the back cinch on every saddle! When the rear billet was on an angle, I could not get it tight and mount from the ground without the saddle slipping. Putting this single cinch on and tightening the rear cinch first and the front last I could see the back of the saddle come down but also I was able to mount from the ground without the saddle moving. This showed me that using two cinches is the best way to rig up a saddle.
CINCHING UP PROCEDURES!
Saddle UP, after knowing the correct pad or blanket, and placing the saddle in the “sweat spot” on the horse, take your time to teach your horse to take the back cinch!
- Do up front cinch but not tight, so the saddle doesn’t fall off.
- Do up rear cinch to about the same tightness.
- Walk your mount around for 5 – 10 minutes. Not lunging, hand walking to get them comfortable with the saddle and cinch that day.
- Tighten up the rear cinch first, do this only after your horse is comfortable with a rear cinch done up this tight. For some it is a new experience and should be done according to the horse’s ability to tolerate a tight back cinch. DO NOT OVER CINCH !! Two finger rule applies to how tight the cinch should be.
- Tighten front cinch as tight as the rear cinch. DO NOT OVER CINCH !! Two finger rule applies to how tight the cinch should be. If you feel you need to tighten the front cinch a lot then you should be thinking that the saddle is too narrow and dangerous.
- Use a mounting block this will help your horse be more comfortable and safer for you.
- Check rear and front cinches during your ride and always tighten if needed, starting with the rear cinch first.
Saddling can be dangerous if proper handling procedures are not taken. Please be carful when around horses all the time. Vickie Keam owner of Rem Saddlery is not responsible for negligence of the handler and any repercussions that may occur when saddling up or riding horses.
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