US 3828521 A
An improved elastic cinch for securing a riding saddle to a horse. This elastic cinch is made of folded, soft leather, with foam rubber padding. There are two elastic strip sections as a part of this cinch assembly, which gives it approximately 4 inches of stretch. On each end of the cinch there are two metal attaching buckles, which have soft leather protective covers. This cinch is designed to give added comfort and to assure greater safety to both the rider and the horse.
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United States Patent I 1191 Dulaney 1451 Aug. 13, 1974 HUMANE ELASTIC CINCH  Inventor: George W. Dulaney, Rt. No. 2,
Hampstead, Md. 21074  Filed: Nov. 11, 1971  Appl. No.: 197,696
 0.8. CI. 54/23  Int. Cl. B68c 1/14  Field of Search 54/23, 46
 References Cited UNITED STATES PATENTS 160,560 3/1875 Witter 54/23 160,987 3/1875 Witter 54/23 178,008 5/1876 Horton 54/23 1,678,373 7/1928 Weisenfeld 54/23 2,066,855 l/1937 Robertson 54/23 6/1937 Sidell 54/23 9/1938 Wright ..54/23 Primary Examiner-Robert Peshock Assistant Examiner-J. A. Oliff Attorney, Agent, or Firm-Walter G. Finch 5 7] ABSTRACT An improved elastic cinch for securing a riding saddle to a horse. This elastic cinch is made of folded,-soft leather, with foam rubber padding. There are two elastic strip sections as a part of this cinch assembly, which gives it approximately 4 inches of stretch. On each end of the cinch there are two metal attaching buckles, which have soft leather protective covers. This cinch is designed to give added comfort and to assure greater safety to both the rider and the horse.
' 6 Claims, 6 Drawing Figures mamm I 3.828.521 sum 1 or 2 INVENTOR George W. Ou/oney m nnows u amu SHEH 2 (IF 2 mm Q NV mm mm WWWWWMH V Y. M. v /QV m w v at uvvdvron George W. Du/aney ATTORNEY HUMANE ELASTIC CINCH This invention relates generally to saddles that are used for riding horses, and more particularly it pertains to a cinch strap that fastens the saddle to the horse.
Cinch straps that are now being used are all of the same general type, being made of leather or other similar material. They are placed under the horses belly, fastened to each side of the saddle, pulled tight and secured by a buckle arrangement. This type of cinch, with no give to it, being pulled tight around the horses body is probably very uncomfortable to the horse and it does restrict his natural breathing. Sometimes the horse, knowing that the saddle is to be placed on him, will take a deep breath and expand his body. The cinch will be pulled tight only to become loose after a short time, thereby allowing the saddle to slip. This requires readjustment of the cinch.
It is, therefore, an object of this invention to provide an improved cinch that is both practical and humane.
Another object of this invention is to provide a cinch made of soft. leather, padded, and with two attaching buckles protected by leather covers to prevent the metal from coming into contact with the body of the horse.
Still another object of this invention is to provide an elastic cinch made of two elastic strip sections on the cinch, which will stretch 4 full inches, thus allowing the horse to breathe naturally and to be more comfortable, while keeping the saddle in a secure position on his back.
Another object of this invention is to provide an improved cinch which eliminates the necessity for stopping after the first 5 minutes or so of riding and pulling the cinch up, as is normally done. The two elastic sections adjust automatically and keep an even tension on the cinch. Also it is especially useful on young inexperienced horses, as this cinch does not require being pulled up tight, as with conventional cinches, consequently the horse is less likely to buck.
Still another object of this invention is to provide an Referring in detail to the drawings in which like reference numbers refer to like parts in all of the figures, FIG. 1 shows an elastic cinch 10 placed under belly of a horse 90 with its two ends attached, by the two buckles 30, to the two saddle straps 12, one on each side of the saddle 80. FIG. 2 shows the outer side, and FIG. 3 shows the under side of the elastic cinch 10 which consists of a reinforcing strap 50, and a leather strap 60 having padding 66, with sections of elastic strips 40, 42 and 44, 46 attached to each end thereof.
A buckle 30, which is enclosed in a leather protective cover 26, is attached to each of the other two ends of the elastic strips 40, 42 and 44, 46. Both of the ends of the cinch 10 are identical.
FIGS. 4, 5, and 6 show cross sections of the construction of the elastic cinch 10 at the points indicated in FIGS. 2 and 3. FIG. 4 shows the two pieces of leather 34 and 36 sewn together along lines 38 to make the protective cover 26 for the metal buckle 30.
One end of each of the elastic strips 40, 42 and 44, 46 are also shown attached by being sewn along line 32 to a section of leather 31 which is secured to the buckle 30.
FIG. 5 shows the other ends of the elastic strips 40, 42 and 44, 46 attached by sewing along lines 52 to both the foam rubber padding 66, leather strap 60, and to the leather reinforcing strap 50.
FIG. 6 shows the soft leather strap 60 covering the foam rubber padding 66 and attached by sewing along line 62 to the leather reinforcing strap 50.
The two strap hooks 24 shown in FIG. 2 are for the optional use of a breast strap 20.
The elastic cinch 10 is positioned as shown best in FIG. 1, and the various components are attached thereto as previously described.
Obviously many modifications and variations of the present invention are possible in light of the above teachings. It is, therefore, to be understood that within the scope of the appended claims the invention may be practiced otherwise than as specifically described.
elastic cinch which provides a safety factor to the rider.
By using this improved cinch, the rider is assured that the saddlewill remain secured in one place on the back of the horse and that it will not slip forward, backward or sideways.
Other objects and attendant advantages of this invention will become readily apparent and understood from the following detailed specification and accompanying drawings in which:
FIG. 1 is a side elevation showing a saddle mounted onto the back of a horse, using the elastic cinch, incorporating features of this invention;
FIG. 2 is the outer side of the cinch of FIG. 1 showing the two attaching buckles with protective leather covers, the two elastic strip sections and the center leather strap section;
FIG. 3 is the underside of the cinch showing the protective leather covers for the two buckles, the two elastic strip sections and the center leather strap sections;
FIG. 4 is a cross section of the cinch taken along line 4-4 of FIG. 2;
FIG. 5 is a cross section of the cinch taken along line 5-5 of FIG. 3; and
6-6 of FIG. 3.
What is claimed is: v 1
l.'An elastic cinch assembly, comprising, an enclosed intermediate section, a padding material contained internally of said enclosed intermediate section; attaching buckle sections positioned spatially at opposite ends of said intermediate section and in axial alignment therewith, a first elastic strip coupling one end of said intermediate section to its respective spaced buckle section, and a second elastic strip coupling the other end of said intermediate section to its respective spaced buckle section.
2. An elastic cinch assembly as recited in claim 1, wherein said intermediate and buckle sections are formed of folded, soft leather.
3. An elastic cinch assembly as recited in claim 1, wherein said padding material is formed of foam rubber which is contained within said enclosed intermediate section to provide a pliable, comfortable, conformable animal-engaging cinch member.
4. An elastic cinch assembly as recited in claim 1, and additionally spaced strap hooks for attachment to the breast strap of a saddle wherein said hooks rest against an exposed non-animal-engaging portion of said intermediate section to preclude any engagement of said hooks with any portion of an animal having the cinch assembly positioned thereon.
additionally a protective cover placed about each of said buckle sections to preclude engagement of said buckle sections with any portion of an animal having the cinch assembly positioned thereon.