A cinch is a piece of equipment used to secure a Western saddle to a horse. For more information about the difference between cinches and girths, please scroll down.
Below are Western cinches for sale from eBay, Etsy, and Amazon. This page helps you shop for the type of cinch you want while you compare prices between major online sellers.
From eBay, Etsy, and Amazon
In addition to the cinches for sale below, you can often also find colorful billets and off billets for sale on Etsy. If you're confused about the difference, please scroll down for more information.
Western Cinches and English Girths
A cinch and/or a girth is a piece of equipment used to secure a saddle to a horse. While types and styles vary, a cinch or girth passes beneath a horse behind the front legs. It is attached to the saddle on both the left and right sides, and is the main piece of equipment responsible for keeping a saddle on a horse.
Below: The blue arrow is pointing to a cinch on a Western saddle.
While a cinch and girth share similar job descriptions, they are different. A "cinch" is used on a Western saddle while a "girth" is used on an English saddle. It can be helpful to understand that this distinction is more than just a different choice of words. Western and English saddles are built differently, so the way a cinch or girth attaches to a saddle is different, too. For that reason, a cinch is usually not interchangeable with a girth.
Even so, some people use the words "cinch" and "girth" interchangeably. Many horse people don't get too upset about which word is used, but if you're shopping for a cinch - or girth - the distinction can be important.
Cinches, Girths, Latigos, and Billets
As important as a cinch or girth is, it can't do its job alone. Cinches and/or girths are not directly attached to a saddle, so they need additional pieces of equipment to get the job done.
On a Western saddle, a cinch is attached to the saddle with the help of a "latigo" (sometimes also called a "billet") on the left side and an "off billet" on the right side. While a latigo and off billet are different, they both have the job of attaching a Western cinch to a saddle.
Below: The left side of a horse wearing a Western saddle. The green arrow is pointing to the latigo, and the blue arrow is pointing to the cinch.
Below: The right side of a horse. The green arrow is pointing to the off billet. You can where it attaches to the top of the Western cinch below it.
Below: Another look at an off billet. This one is on a brand new saddle, and is neatly folded up until a Western cinch is attached.
Cinches, latigos, and billets are sold separately. So, if buy a cinch, you should expect to receive just the cinch (without a latigo or off billets).
Keep In Mind...... A latigo, sometimes also called a billet, is used on the left side of a saddle. An off billet, on the other hand, is used on the right side.
Save The Cinch For Later
If you find a Western cinch for sale on Etsy that you like 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, Etsy will keep track of items in your shopping cart for 30 days.
- In the meantime, if you want to check out with other items you can click on "Save for later" to move the cinch to a separate, but still easy-to-find list beneath your shopping cart.
- If you put items into your Etsy shopping cart but don't check out after 30 days, Etsy will automatically move them to a "Save for later" area beneath your shopping cart. When you're ready to actually purchase any of these items, simply click "Move to cart" to put them back into your shopping cart and check out.
Important: Putting items in your Etsy shopping cart or "Save for later" list does NOT reserve them! It just makes them easier to find if they're still available when you come back.
Below: Screenshot image showing the "Save for later" and "Remove" links when an item is in the Etsy shopping cart.
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