Clayton Anderson riding a horse using round buckle cinches

Prevent Painful Galls with Round Buckle Cinches

Have you ever had problems with cinch sores or galls? Most of us have. Cinch sores or galls are often caused by a cinch or cinch buckle rubbing the wrinkled and sweaty skin right behind the elbow. These sores are painful to horses, just like a blister on your foot is during a hike. If not treated, the gall can become an open and bloody lesion that is slow to heal.

Dennis Moreland of Dennis Moreland Tack asked Clayton Anderson, of C Anderson Performance Horses to share his expertise on cinches. Clayton uses round buckle mohair-blend roper cinches to prevent galling his young cow horses. Clayton starts all his colts using these cinches because the round buckles fit nicely in the small area just behind the elbow of his colts. These buckles are slightly smaller than a regular cinch buckle. Because they take up less area on the horse these buckles don’t rub and cause discomfort on these smaller horses. Clayton likes these cinches so much he keeps them on all the horses, including his show horses. Many people prefer these cinches regardless of the size of the horse they ride.

Clayton also likes the roper cinches because of the width under the horse’s belly. This width allows a better distribution of the pressure from the tightened cinch. Since many cow bred horses are relatively small and often lack prominent withers, especially when they’re young, this extra cinch width really helps. Another effective way to stabilize your saddle is to ride cinches woven with 31 strands of cord. The high number of strands in a good cinch also makes it more comfortable for the horse which is very important says Clayton.

To get the right size cinch start by saddling your horse and tightening the cinch just as you normally would. Check to be certain the middle D rings on your cinch are in the middle of your horse’s belly. If they aren’t, adjust the length of the off-side latigo/double off latigo until the cinch D rings are in the middle of the belly. When you have the cinch tightened measure from the bottom of the saddle D ring to the top of the cinch buckle on each side. This measurement should be equal on each side and be between 6 and 8 inches when the cinch is tightened. If you have more than 8 inches, simply add the number of inches you’re over on each side to the length cinch you have on the horse. That will give you the correct size cinch to buy. Do the opposite for a measurement that’s less than 6 inches.

Having a good Dennis Moreland Tack 31 strand roper cinch with round buckles on your cow bred horses, and especially your colts, helps prevent cinch sores. These cinches also stabilize your saddle for a safer ride and provide more comfort for your horse. If you have any questions give me a call at 817-312-5305 or email [email protected].

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