How to Tie a Western Cinch

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Horse riders all over the world feel that it is essential to have a comfortable saddle. Although it is important for the rider, it is also important for the healthcare of the horses as well. While the saddle holds the rider on the horse, the cinch holds the saddle in place. When the cinch and saddle are used properly they can reduce accidental falls. A western cinch, also called a front cinch, is a wide strap used on the underside of the horse. The strap attaches the saddle to the horse securely. This strap is a critical piece of equipment that should be properly fitted before horse riding begins.

A cinch is one of the most inexpensive portions of the saddle. Since a tied western cinch strap goes underneath the horse when the rider is in motion, it is very important to ride with a comfortable saddle and well-adjusted straps. A western cinch is primarily made of leather and looks like a belt attachment from the saddle that fits around the horse. Some cinches have a fleece lining to make the belt softer so that it will feel more comfortable on the horse's body. A cinch that is pulled too tightly could put you and the horse in danger. A variety of cinches can be purchased from eBay. With the western cinch being such a vital part of the riding experience, it's important to know how to tie it properly.

The History of the Western Cinch
Around 700 B.C. elaborate accessories were made for horses. The more elaborate the horse was decorated, the more wealth and status the individual was said to have within a community. Materials like wood carvings, gold, horns, or antlers would be added to the saddle for beauty. When western cinches became popular, they were made with a multitude heavy cords or strands of material. The cords were usually made of mohair - a material similar to and cheaper than cotton. Usually around 15 to 30 strands of cord were used. A ring was on the ends of each cord in order to tie them onto the saddle. Cinch cords today are made with more solid elements like leather, nylon, or synthetic materials. It is believed that the cinch was probably developed around the same time as the saddle.

When saddles were developed it was individuals realized that riders and horses could work longer. The lifespan of the animal was even longer. Some saddles date back to China and the Roman Empire. The Roman's saddle had 4 horns and no stirrups. Later on there was a place welded on for a sword casing so that the sword would stay with the rider when it wasn't in use. During this time cinches were tied and used to keep the saddle on.

Buy a Cinch on eBay

Saddles and cinches should be chosen carefully. Whether riders spend time on horseback for work or play, or whether they are beginners or veterans, they will be able to find a variety of saddles to ride on and cinches to tie from eBay.

How to Tie a Cinch

There are differences in tie designs, but the purpose is always the same for a cinch. The straps have ends with loops. The straps are made of cord, leather, or other material, and the loops have a buckle at the end that is similar to a belt. Some saddles are not designed to have ends to receive the cinch. For saddles without these special ends you will have to tie a cinch knot. Today most cinches are made with a buckle. If a cinch is not fitted properly then it can make the horse have painful sores. So since buckles break easily, every rider should know how to tie a knot. One very popular and simple cinch knot is the western cinch. Follow the steps of putting a saddle on with a cinch in stages, not all at once.

Steps to Tie a Western Cinch


Step 1:

Put your left hand under the horse and grab the cinch. When you do this you want to make sure that the cinch is not twisted. It should be laying flat against the horse's middle. If the cinch is twisted it could cause a sore.

Step 2:

Latigo is another name for this special strap. The latigo should be inserted through the cinch ring from the middle side of the horse out. The strap should be pulled completely through. The latigo should be snug, but it should not be tight. The strap should not be twisted. It should be laying flat.

Step 3:

From the outside in, push the latigo through the ring. The strap should be pulled completely through to the left of the ring. The strap should be snug, but it should not be tight. You may have to wrap more than once depending on the length of your strap. If your latigo is quite long, just repeat the first few steps.

Step 4:

Cross the loose end of the strap over the top of your latigo layers. Insert the strap through the ring from the horse side out in order to tie the knot. Thread the strap end down through the loop you made when you crossed over.

Step 5:

If you want the cinch to be tightened, grip the top loop of the strap that has gone through the cinch ring with one hand. Gently pull with the other hand. Grip the slack created in your knotted loop, and push it through the ring. Your loose ends should be pulled tight.

Step 6:

If it's short enough, the end of the strap can hang loose. You could also feed the latigo through the strap holder. If a long latigo is left hanging it can sometimes frighten a horse into thinking that something is near him. The rider should use discernment.

If you are using a cinch buckle you will follow steps 1-4. Instead of creating a knot, however, you would take the loosened end back through the cinch ring. One of the strap holes would then need to be hooked onto the tongue of the buckle. A qualified person should fit the saddle and tie the western cinch. This vital process takes time and patience. After the saddle and cinch are on you will need to tighten it again. Do not make the cinch too tight, as this could be very painful for the animal.

Caring for the Cinch

For the safety of the rider and the animal, horse owners really have to think about the health of their animal. Saddles and cinches need to be adjusted properly, and the power of a horse should never be underestimated. Once the saddle and cinch is selected to fit the needs of the particular horse that you will be riding, they will need to be cared for. You should clean your cinch when you clean your saddle. Saddles always need to be maintained, but they generally need to be cleaned every 2 to 3 months. Pay extra attention to the material of the cinch, and really scrub it well. The cinch is exposed to the horse's body more than other parts of the saddle. It is also exposed to a great deal of dirt and other debris. To clean your cinch, use the same saddle soap paste or glycerin soap that you use to clean your leather saddle.

Know Your eBay Cinch Seller

While saddles that are properly cared for can last for many years to come, a cinch may have to be replaced several times. The best quality cinches are the ones that are made with a leather strap. The cinches that are most comfortable for the horse are the ones that include fleece. An excellent way to find a good quality cinch is to shop eBay Stores. Be sure to communicate with the eBay Community to exchange ideas and get excellent advice. Before you purchase a cinch, research the eBay seller to ensure that your transaction is secure and positive. Here are some important questions to consider before you purchase and tie your western cinch.

1. How many negative versus positive responses does the seller have?

2. What do eBay buyers say about their cinches in the feedback?

3. How many cinch sales has the eBay seller completed?

4. Is there a money-back guarantee provided by the seller for their cinches?

5. What are the seller's terms and conditions?


Horse riding and care has evolved over the centuries. Respect your horses by taking care of them and the equipment that is needed to ride them. Keep in mind that your saddle should never shift excessively from side to side or up and down as you ride your horse. If you want to tie a western cinch, you will need to consider a wide selection of saddles and cinches in order to purchase what you need. A variety of saddles and cinches can be purchased at online marketplaces like eBay.

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