A "Western" cinch is a type of saddle cinch designed to be used with a Western saddle.
Below are Western cinches for sale from Amazon and eBay. There is usually an excellent selection to choose from available from a variety of sellers, allowing you to shop for the best deal.
Please scroll down for a brief article on how to measure a horse's girth and estimate Western cinch size.
What Size Western Cinch Does Your Horse Need?
To estimate the size (i.e. the length) of Western cinch your horse will need, you will first need to measure your horse's hearth girth.
To measure a horse's heart girth, measure from the base of the withers down to a couple of inches behind the horse's front legs, under the belly, then up the opposite side to where you started. Notice this will cause your tape measure to run at an angle as shown by the blue line in the photograph below.
The measurement you arrive at is your horse's heart girth.
Calculating Western Cinch Size
After you have your horse's heart girth measurement (in inches), divide that measurement by 2, then subtract 3 inches.
The horse in the photo above measured 77 inches for her heart girth. So, to calculate her cinch size we're going to take her hearth girth, divide that measurement by 2, then subtract 3 inches:
- 77 inches divided by 2 = 38.5 inches
- 38.5 inches minus 3 inches = 35.5 inches
That's darn close! The horse in the photograph wears a 36 inch cinch. A different horse we measured the same day had a 75 inch heart girth. Seventy-five divided by 2 is 37.5, minus 3 inches gives us an answer of 34.5. That's also very close - this mare wears a 34 inch cinch.
This Is Just An Estimate...
Calculating your horse's cinch size using the method above is not always completely accurate. There are enough differences in saddles and horse body types to make any method of measuring for a cinch little more than an educated guess. Measuring an old cinch (if you have one) that fit the horse and saddle well would be a better way of finding out a good size for a new cinch, but that's not always possible. Of the methods we have tried, however, the one we described above has been the most accurate.
Save The Cinch For Later
If you find a Western cinch you like on Amazon but you're not ready to purchase it right away, you can always add it to your shopping cart so it will be easy to find later.
- In most cases, Amazon will keep track of your cinch, and anything else in your shopping cart, for 90 days.
- Later on, if you decide you don't want the cinch after all, it's easy to click "delete" and remove it from your cart.
- In the meantime, if you want to check out with other items, click "Save for later" to move the chinks to a separate, but still easy-to-find list beneath your shopping cart.
Important: Putting items in your Amazon shopping cart or "Save for later" list does NOT reserve them! It just makes them easier to find if they're still in stock when you come back.
Below: Screenshot image showing the "delete" and "Save for later" links when an item is in the Amazon shopping cart.
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