What makes this cinch amazing?
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With a foundation rooted in the ultra-effective Shoulder Relief Cinch™, the StretchTec Shoulder Relief Cinch™ brings the next level of intuition to functional cinches. It is hands downs the most technologically advanced cinch available.
As you'd expect the, StretchTec Shoulder Relief Cinch actually changes the angle and placement of the latigo on the horse to prevent the saddle from being pulled into the shoulder blades, resulting in a free shoulder and better saddle fit. Additionally, it has a one-of-a-kind patented (US Patent No. D843,666) triangular center elastic feature for additional performance.
The triangular center elastic allows the StretchTec Shoulder Relief Cinch™ to expand with the 1.5 cm chest expansion that horses experience while breathing. Its design also allows it to stretch in a more anatomically friendly way to contour better to a horse’s barrel and provide even contact through the sternum area.
The StretchTec Shoulder Relief Cinch™ features our new “V-Stretch” D ring design that still allows all the functionality of a front and rear D ring, while allowing the center of the cinch to stretch. The StretchTec Shoulder Relief Cinch™ also features a removable liner system to allow for easy cleaning of the liner, as well as the flexibility of swapping between liner materials (as we release more liner choices).
More recently the cinch has been outfitted with the patent-pending Balance Buckle™. It is the strongest buckle on the market, made of 304 stainless steel - most other cinch buckles are plated iron. Functionally, the Balance Buckle™ is next level. The flat horizontal portions of the buckle keep the cinch evenly tightened on the horse's body. Since the Shoulder Relief Cinch is a unique shape, it really benefits from this feature.
With the distinct shape of the Shoulder Relief Cinch, it is important to have the cinch centered over the horse's sternum. The Balance Buckle™ makes this a cinch ;) It has 2 latigo placements, which allow for fine tuning of the lateral position on the horse's barrel. You can see this in a product video above.
Prefer a roller on your latigo side buckle? We can do that for no extra charge! Just ask for it in the "notes" section in your cart.
Lastly, the shape of the Shoulder Relief Cinch also make it great for elbow comfort. The cutaways in the cinch pull it back away from the horse's elbow.
The StretchTec Shoulder Relief Cinch is available in 26 – 36 inch sizes, in black and brown leather.
NEXT LEVEL COMFORT & MOVEMENT
Triangular center elastic allows soft even contact while stretching with the 1.5 cm expansion of the diaphragm.
Offset from center to buckles redirects the billet line to keep the saddle off the shoulders.
304 stainless steel make this the strongest buckle on the market, with endless fit capabilities.
Peak pressure in regular girths/cinches is at the elbow. The cutback sides move the cinch away from horse’s elbow to alleviate this pressure.
How it Works
Why the Balance Buckle?
The Shoulder Relief Cinch has a unique shape, and a unique buckle makes it perform even better. We custom designed the Balance Buckle™ to give even pressure distribution and symmetrical placement on the horse's body. Here's how it works:
The flat horizontal bars on the Balance Buckle™ keep the latigo and off-billet centered, with an even pull over the surface of the cinch. It prevents the sloppy unstable pull of a traditional cinch buckle, which is a huge complement to the function of the Shoulder Relief Cinch.
CENTERS CINCH ON STERNUM
The 2 off-billet attachment positions allows for fine tuning of the cinch over the horse's sternum. This is a feature unique to the Shoulder Relief Cinch because is performs at its best when it is symmetrically centered over the sternum.
Example: If the cinch is slightly to the right of the sternum centerline, you would move the off-billet from the bottom to the top position on the buckle to allow the cinch slightly more length to center over the sternum.
STRONGEST BUCKLE EVER MADE
Many brands claim they use "stainless steel" buckles, but that is not true - they are wire buckles with a thin stainless plating. The Balance Buckle™ is made of 100% 304 stainless steel. It is the ONLY buckle on the market made of this material (and costs 4x more to manufacture than a regular cinch buckle), and is by far the strongest buckle on the market.