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Horse & Rider Gear is an online glossary of terms and definitions commonly encountered by horse lovers. Click on the links below to choose from our alphabetical list of terms.


A girth strap or band used to secure a saddle to a horse, primarily in Western riding.

Traditional cinches are made of mohair, but they may also be made of nylon, cotton, rayon, neoprene, or leather.

Back cinches are sometimes also used to hold the back of the saddle in place. These are commonly made of leather.