How to Cinch a Wintec Synthetic Western Saddle

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How to Cinch a Wintec Synthetic Western Saddle
Rider atop a western saddle (rodeo princess image by mavrick from Fotolia.com)

Wintec synthetic western saddles are a popular choice for many riders. They have a number of advantages over traditional leather saddles, in that the synthetic saddle is lighter, easier to clean and easier to care for. As with any saddle, it is important to cinch the Wintec synthetic western saddle properly to ensure a safe ride. It can take some time for new riders to get used to cinching a western saddle, but after a bit of practice it will become quite simple.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • Saddle
  • Saddle pad
  • Cinch
  • Girth

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Place the saddle pad on your horse's back. Flip the stirrups, girth and cinch up over the saddle seat and place the saddle on top of the pad.

  2. 2

    Pull the girth down and let it hang at your horse's side. Walk to the opposite side of the saddle and pull down the leather cinch.

  3. 3

    Reach under your horse's belly and pull the girth toward you. Pull the cinch strap through the ring on the girth.

  4. 4

    Pull the end of the leather cinch up and loop it down through the ring on the saddle. Pass the cinch over to the right and up through the other side of that ring. Pull the end of the cinch down through the loop you just made.

  5. 5

    Pull up on the part of the cinch that is closest to you, while at the same time pulling down on the end of the cinch. Continue doing this until the girth is just tight enough so that you can fit your hand comfortably between the cinch and your horse's body.

  6. 6

    Mount your horse and ride him around for a few minutes, then dismount and check the tightness of the cinch. Tighten the cinch if needed, then remount and enjoy your ride.

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