Use of the Back or Rear Cinch
The 'Back Cinch' or 'Rear Cinch' must be done up just flush with the gut of the Horse. DO NOT MAKE IT TIGHT (See photo).
It MUST be attached to the front Girth normally by the cinch loop strap (included in our saddle package), which is why our girths have 2 rings on - front and back. If you don't link it to the girth, the back cinch can slide back and 'Flank Rope' your Horse as in a Rodeo and make your horse buck.
When you sit in the Saddle, the rear cinch will drop down about 2 to 3 inches, but you want this to happen, so don't tighten it again.
If you don't fasten it flush with the gut of the horse, the back cinch will hang too low, when it drops, and the horse could catch a hind hoof in it.
Therefore, the back cinch, especially once the Horse is used to it (usually in a single session on the lunge) should be up nice and snug when saddling up, to take this loosening into account. It is NOT girthed up tight like a normal Girth but snug - touching the belly all around, but not tight at all. You should be able to easily slide 2 fingers under it at the bottom under the belly without a rider on board.
It should also hang vertically and never slope towards the rear of the horse.
Reason for Using a Rear Cinch
It is very important to use a rear cinch for these reasons:
- They stop the Saddle from 'sideways movement' and moving your weight around on top of a 'Green Horse' Young Horses can begin bucking if you wobble around too much on them.
- Horses that are used to a 'back cinch' are better educated to handle other things and equipment on them and are all round more 'sane'. Further, if someone suddenly puts a Western Saddle on in the future, they won't get bucked off.
- The back cinch prevents the Rider being thrown forward by the rear of the saddle coming up off the horse's back, should a Horse 'pig root' or Buck.
- It stops the Saddle from going over the front end of the Horse.
When using any Saddle with a rear cinch fitted, the Rider needs to READ THIS.
Never girth up a rear cinch for the first time, when the horse is tied up. If you do, you are likely to make an unsuspecting Horse buck whilst tied and this is dangerous for the horse. Wait until you have led the horse to the Round Pen or small enclosed area and have the horse on a lunge line - or, preferably, a 15 foot training rope.
Never girth up the back cinch before the main girth.!!!!!
Make sure the front or main girth is tight enough to withstand bucking prior to pulling the back cinch up.
NEVER undo the girth before the back cinch.
Never loosen a girth without undoing the back cinch.
Always undo the back cinch first.
Make sure the back cinch is completely out of the buckle and hasn't caught on a low hole.
Always have the Back Cinch connected to the Girth with the strap provided or you will FLANK ROPE your Horse as in the Rodeos!!!!!
The good news is that they all get over it in a couple of days. The bucking, if it happens, is irrelevant and does them good, specially the Breaker, as it learns to accept things easier and it also learns that it cannot get rid of a Saddle - no matter how hard it bucks. This CANNOT be said for 'English' saddles. I have seen English saddles on horse's necks, slipped around the belly and even over their heads in a bucking frenzy, the first time a saddle is girthed up on them. This CANNOT happen if the saddle has a Rear Cinch!.
You also have an opportunity to watch the bucking style and intensity of the Horse in case the day comes when he does it with you on board!
Many buck the first time that they feel a rear cinch! Ignore it. It is good for their attitude and other things. Ignore their bucking and just keep them lunging and going forwards. DON'T start shouting - don't say anything at all - and don't try to stop them. Let lack of Oxygen do that! Simply regard it as a Training Opportunity to lessen the chance of the horse ever wanting to buck again!
The only people who get caught out with a Horse suddenly feeling it when riding are the typically weak people with the 'Softly softly, I can't upset my Baby' relationship with their horses. When you lunge the Horse with the back cinch on for the first time, MAKE IT CANTER both ways and get after it a bit. Don't ponce about, 'Babying' the Horse around because you may be concerned that it will be frightened.
Concerned, weak owners cause their own problems and end up with concerned, weak horses.
60% Buck at first.....virtually none buck later. I ride 100% of ALL types of Horses with a back cinch. Breakers, Problem Horses, Bucking Horses, you name it. It really is not an issue.