Should You Unfasten Your Flank Cinch or Breast Collar First?

dmtcinchFor this week’s Tack Talk, Dennis Moreland Tack wants to know — should you unfasten your flank cinch or breast collar first? Unsaddling is a piece of cake — simply reverse the order you saddled.

1.  If you’re using a breast collar the breast collar chest strap is unsnapped from the cinch dee first.

2.  The near side (left) breast collar tug is unbuckled from the saddle dee or the breast collar dee on the saddle. The off-side (right) tug remains connected to the off-side dee or the breast collar dee on the saddle. The breast collar can now be laid carefully over the saddle seat from the off side.

3.  The flank cinch is unbuckled next. Release it slowly so the buckle doesn’t hit your horse when it swings down.

4.  The cinch is always unfastened last. If unfastened before either the breast collar or the flank cinch and your horse spooks or shakes the saddle may slip onto his side or under his belly. This could cause a storm! As you loosen the cinch run your left hand behind the latigo, finish releasing the cinch from the latigo slowly and just as it releases completely fold the latigo in half and bring the fold backwards through your saddle dee. Now it’s ready to go for your next ride.

After both cinches are unfastened move to the off side of your horse to secure them to your saddle’s cinch keeper. To do this bring both cinches together and toward you. Place the rear cinch buckle on top of the front cinch buckle and put the front cinch buckle tongue through the rear cinch buckle. Next run the cinch keeper through the buckles and thread the tongue through the keeper. By doing this you’ll make sure your cinches won’t drag on the ground when you’re carrying your saddle.

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