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How to Tie a Western Cinch?

If you want to use a Barefoot Western saddle, you need to know how to tie a Western cinch (unless you use girth converters). It’s a necessary skill for any Western rider. Here’s how you do it.

Step 1. Put the saddle on the horse and fix your cinch to the off-billet on the right side of the saddle.

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Fixing the off-billet

Step 2. To fix the girth to the left hand side, pull the tie strap through the buckle of the girth from back to front.

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Fixing the tie strap

Step 3. Now the tie-strap must be pulled from the front to the back into the saddle’s D-ring. Then lace the tie-strap into the girth buckle again, from back to front.

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Fixing the tie strap (continued)

Step 4. Fasten the cinch by pulling on the tie strap until the saddle is properly fixed.

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Fastening the cinch

Step 5. When you have achieved the desired tension, fix the pin of the cinch buckle into the nearest hole in the tie strap.

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Fastening the cinch (continued)

Step 6. The pin must be fixed by raising the top layer of the tie strap. Securing the pin is important to keep the saddle safe in place.

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Fixing the pin

Step 7. Secure the end of the tie strap into the saddle’s tie strap holder.

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Putting away the end of the tie strap

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