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Center-firing your Cinch
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How to Center-Fire Your Cinch
normal position of a full double front cinch on a horse
Horses will sometimes develop cinch sores, or have a wound in the cinch area.  It may be possible to use the horse before the wound is healed if you can use a technique called "center-firing" to place the cinch in a position where it will not touch the injured area.

Center-firing simply means to tie the latigo off to the rear cinch dee ring if your saddle is double-rigged. 



If your saddle is single-rigged, you can tie the latigo off to a rope run behind the cantle.  It is more difficult to adjust the latigo through a rope loop, so be careful to get the cinch snug enough.

Original article by Mike Laughlin appeared in the February 1997 issue of Western Horseman Magazine.


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