Our leather flank cinch is made of high quality leather and built to last. Ordinarily a back cinch on a Western saddle serves several purposes when trail riding,
1) It’s essential on a roping saddle. When the weight of an object hits the saddle horn, the saddle is tipped forward. The back cinch stabilizes the saddle so it is kept level on the horse’s back, and not tipped too far forward. Therefore back cinches are essential on horses used in roping events, and they must be quite snug to work effectively.
2) A back cinch helps keep a Western saddle more level during activities that might cause it to tip forward. An example of this would be with a horse that tends to buck. Without a back cinch the saddle can rise quite a bit in the back, and does not stay stable.
3) Some consider the back cinch to be a matter of style and personal preference.
A back cinch should never cause a horse to buck. The purpose of the strap that goes from the back cinch to the front is obvious – it stabilizes the back cinch so it does not ride back into the horse’s flank.