Cinching up should be an easy process for you and your horse. Here are a few tips to help your horse.
Start with a clean cinch
A clean cinch is free from debris or caked on sweat and hair. A simple wipe with a rag or an after ride spray with the water hose should do the trick. This helps to reduce bacteria and prevent sores.
Center the Dee Ring
The center dee ring should be centered between your horse’s front legs.
The dees on the cinch ends should be above the horse’s elbow.
Check the Tie Straps and Off Billets
Check each time you saddle up to ensure the leather is soft and supple, not dried out or cracked. Nylon should not be excessively worn. If it’s frayed or torn, do not use! Check the tie strap lacing to ensure it’s in good condition.
TIP: Use leather latigos with a synthetic cinch for lung expansion
Tighten In Stages
Cinch up in stages but do not over tighten the cinch. It should be about as tight as your belt – if it’s comfortable for you it should be comfortable for your horse. The tighter you make the cinch the more pressure you create before you even sit in the saddle.
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