In this photo, we have a 27 strand Rayon cord roper style cinch with the center Dees attached with nylon webbing wrapped with brown rayon cordage. It has sewn leather reinforcements. As you can see, the center is not sewn straight.
I've measured a 32" cinch of this style and brand that stretched to 35 inches after 20 minutes of use on a horse. That's 3 inches! Many times our horses get blamed for holding their breath or bloating during saddling, but rather the cinch actually stretched.
I found this video on Youtube depicting the same cinch that literally tore apart broke with a 6 yr old little girl riding her horse.
There can be a couple reasons for this problem:
- It could be that the machine stitching was too tight causing the thread to cut through the cord.
- The cinch was purchased in the fall and not used all winter, it could have rotted, although that usually doesn't occur with man-made materials such as rayon cordage.