Better Saddle Fit
The Shoulder Relief Cinch™ actually changes the position and angle of the billets to prevent the saddle tree from interfering with the shoulder. The center of the cinch is set forward to sit in the horse’s natural girth groove, while the sides of the cinch are cut back to meet the latigos 2 inches behind where the horse’s natural girth groove lies. This brings the latigos from angling forward, to becoming perpendicular to the ground, which reduces the saddle’s tendency to be pulled forward into the shoulders. With horses that have shoulder interference without angled latigos, it simply moves the latigos back to keep the saddle away from the shoulders' range of motion.
The secondary benefit to this shape, is the cutback at the elbows. This gives more room for elbow movement as well, and prevents galls in the elbow area.
Prefer a visual explanation? Just scroll down to "How it Works".
Intelligent design allows for full range of shoulder motion under saddle, without interference from the tree.
Cutaways in the cinch move it away from the horse’s elbow for additional comfort.
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How It Works
Traditional Cinch Saddle Placement
When you walk next to your horse you will see his shoulder moving as he reaches his leg forward. His scapula actually rotates backward as the front leg moves forward. This is due the location where the soft tissue attaches to the scapula. Traditional (straight) cinches bring the saddle too far forward causing the saddle to block the natural movement of the shoulder.
This is due to a basic physics problem: the cinch pulls the latigos forward, which then pulls the whole saddle into the shoulders.
Shoulder Relief Cinch™ Saddle Placement
Due to the natural movement of the horse, he actually needs an additional 1-2 inches of clearance. The Shoulder Relief Cinch™ is designed with a 2 inch offset to allow maximum shoulder clearance from the saddle tree. It fixes the physics problem by utilizing the offset in the cinch to redirect the billet line and prevent the saddle from being pulled forward.
In addition to the offset design, there is also additional elbow clearance with the cutback feature.