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The Balanced Cinch is a modified pack cinch designed to balance and secure any
saddle with a rear rigging "D" with added comfort and security for both horse and rider.
*As with any rigging change, I recommend you introduce your horse by saddling up and releasing them *at liberty* into an enclosed area to run around. A small percentage of horses will have a first time crow hop reaction to girth changes and the greater area of contact sometimes needs a bit of desensitizing. However, most horses quickly relax to enjoy the added comfort provided by the reduced pressure from increased contact area.
The Balanced Cinch has been designed with the following comfort features:
The dual cinch “pack” design greatly increases the stability of a saddle, and balances it by securing the back of the saddle equally with the front. This gives you the option to tighten the back and front independently and avoid the “forward tilt” common with front-only cinches. The design creates a center-fire balance that is more comfortable for your horse while improving saddle “fit” and function.
Balancing the saddle optimizes the built in "rock" to lighten the front as the back is secured. It allows proper placement of the rider/saddle weight at the horse's strongest portion of his back; just behind the withers. This allows for correct "over the withers" placement of the saddle front while reducing interference or pressure on the scapula.
The front lift this creates should also allow the built in “flare” of the gullet to further free his shoulders to move and rotate properly; giving him both freedom and comfort to properly use his fore as well as encourging lightness through chest lift. When placed and cinched properly ideal saddle placement and fit should allow you to slide your fingers under the front flare and slide fully over the scapula of the horse. *NOTE that this will assist many long-shouldered horses that have problems with saddle slide by allowing their scapula to move beneath the front flare of the saddle rather than catching and pushing it backward as they stride.
Doubling the contact area with this soft neoprene cinch aids in several ways:
Secures the saddle and reduces saddle movement or slide during hours of riding.
Provides greater comfort for your horse by reducing the pressure per square inch (psi) of the cinch.
Allows easier mounting with less worry about saddle shift.
Many riders have found the need for a breast collar to be eliminated in all but the most rugged riding.¨
The neoprene extends completely under the rings at all four ends of the cinch to cushion those natural pressure points.
Off-billet keeper "tucks" have been constructed on both front and back of the off-sides to stow remaining off-billet length.
The "H" design of this rigging allows the front and back to hold independently while securing front-to-back shift: keeping the front cinch from sliding forward behind the elbow will help prevent galls, while restricting the rear cinch from sliding back to the flank "bucking" point. **As with any cinch, backward saddle slide can negate this benefit.
The web-over-soft-neoprene construction of the Balanced Cinch allows quick and easy cleaning, as it endures years of regular use.
We are happy to order custom sizes:
Standard design is for the back cinch to be 2" longer to accommodate belly swell more comfortably without buckling the front. However some more modern plantation and endurance styles may benefit from more dramatic off-set to accommodate a higher rear 'D' ring.
The Balanced Cinch is best rigged with 2 off-side billets and 2 near-side latigo as shown in these photos. We recommend you acquire an additional latigo and off-billet instead of the traditional rear western rigging. While traditional western back rigging can be used, it is not optimal for positioning and adjusting this cinch.
We also recommend a slightly longer latigo for the back to allow length for tieing off after cinching: a minimum of 60" on the front and 72" or longer on the back side. NOTE: some customers have elected to use latigo on all four corners, giving even more customized fit when saddles are shared between horses. This is easily accomplished and doesn't add any additional time to saddling up unless you choose to completely remove the Balanced Cinch every time.
I personally prefer tightening ‘slightly’ more snug on the rear cinch once your horse is accustomed to the feel, though you should still be able to pull the cinch away from contact with a moderately firm hand after it has been tighted. Ideal is good contact but not overly tight. For maximum benefit and comfort for your horse avoid over tightening, just good solid contact will be adequate under normal riding conditions. Because this cinch doubles the contact area you do not need to over-tighten. That will negate the comfort benefit for your horse. The only possible exception would be if you utilize a very thick, squishy pad between saddle and horse, then you should expect the compression of a rider in the saddle to create more looseness in the girth area.
*Saddle fit is a critical responsibility of every rider who cares about the comfort and soundness of their horse. For gaited horses this fit is essential to your horse’s ability to provide you with the soft easy gaits they were bred to perform.
**It is important to double check contact and tightness of the cinch once you are in the saddle. Thicker saddle pads can allow a cinch to lose contact when the weight of the rider presses the saddle deeper onto the back of the horse as it compresses that thickness. With a little practice you will soon learn exactly how lightly you can tighten this cinch while maintaining good contact for stability.
Of special note for gaited horse owners: the more forward positioning of the saddle will allow the weight of both the rider and the saddle to remain focused in front of the very critical thoraco-lumbar (T-L) juncture on your horse. Your goal is to keep all weight in front of the unsupported lumbar back area where there is no rib cage to support the weight. Pressure on this lumbar area will encourage horses (any horse) to drop their topline hollow and promote heavy-on-the-fore balance that creates a pace or lateral gait in most gaited horses.
You may purchase these cinches only through this site or on Ebay. I understand being on a budget, and if the $85 purchase price is more than you can afford, an alternative would be to use two individual cinches which can be tied together at the midline rings with similar success. I utilized this for several years before I found a manufacturer to produce these for me. I have included other comfort features in these cinches to add both convenience for the rider as well as comfort for any horse.
The important thing is to find a way to improve saddle fit, balance, function and comfort for you and your horse. I would rather see you ride with any balanced, center-fire rigging than a single forward-only girth, simply for the benefit and comfort of your horse.
MEASURING YOUR HORSE: If your current cinch fits your horse then you should order the same size for the FRONT measurement below. A great tutorial for measuring correct cinch size can be found here. This will give you the 'front' measurement for your Balanced Cinch. Your saddle design should determine the off-set length for the back with a standard off-set being 2 inches for saddles where the "D" rings are pretty much level.
NOTE: the roller buckles are once again available...
$8 per buckle upgrade over standard ring/tongue
Balanced Cinch - Standard/straight cut $99.00
Balanced Cinch - Contour Cut $111.00
CONTOUR vs. STRAIGHT CUT
roller vs. standard ring buckles
SIZE - lengths (standard 2" offset)
24"/26", 26"/28", 28"/30", 30"/32", 32"/34", 34"/36"
*Custom size and offset available upon request,
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*SIZE (standard 2" offset or custom sizing) from list above
*CUT (standard STRAIGHT or CONTOUR)
*CURRENT SHIPPING ADDRESS
You will receive a PayPal email notice of invoicing with a live
link for payment. Customer cinch will be ordered upon payment receipt,
you can expect delivery within 10-14 business days.
Shipping and handling: Balanced Cinch will ship anywhere within the US for a standard priority rate of $12.50 Additional cinches will be $6 each
Email me your address for multiple or international orders and I will send you a shipping quote with an invoice link to order via email. I will allow any possible discounts for multiple item shipping.
Due to the wide variety and options available for the ideal cinch experience, EVERY order is customized to your specifications.
Determine the front and back lengths by considering also the positioning of the front and back D rings on your saddle. Standard "belly swell" denotes a minimum of 2" longer on back cinch to accommodate
Choose your preference between a standard straight cut design and the contour designed to allow greater heel contact with the sides of your horse.
There is a buckle upgrade available for anyone desiring or needing easier latigo tightening... $8 per buckle will be added for this, and many find that rollers on near side only being sufficient, with the standard buckles on off side.
Customizing and fabrication takes an average of 10 days and another 3-4 days for receipt. Most can be received within 2 weeks.
The Balanced Cinch
Easily convert any western, plantation or endurance saddle with a back D ring to Center-Fire rigging