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  • Roper or straight cinch for barrel racing
  • Girth preference

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    02-18-2012, 12:13 AM
  #11
Green Broke
I only use the roper style, Weaver neoprene Smart Cinch.

     
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    02-18-2012, 12:42 PM
  #12
Weanling
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Originally Posted by sierrams1123    
I did too 1RedHorse, but I started talking to a sales Rep and she was explaining why sue prefers straight ones for running horses....have you ever tried squeezing one before?

Ropers are hard to squeeze with one hand.....meaning when the horse is running it makes it harder for them to extend and dig with their front legs.....its like the girth gets in the way.

Its not a huge difference but I now use the straight ones because of this.
Huh I've never heard that. What do you mean it makes it more difficult to extend?
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    02-18-2012, 11:00 PM
  #13
Banned
Its so hard to explain this without visual, if only you could see my hands right now.

Best way I can explain it is put a girth in your hand then grip it with one hand with the flat side laying oj the palm of your hand, squeeze and release bringing your fingers to your palm.
This is the same pressure the front legs would cause.....so basically the girth that has the most give/least pressure when squeezed is going to be the one with more give when the horse stretches out. I hope I explained that right and you understand what I am trying to say.
     
    02-18-2012, 11:42 PM
  #14
Trained
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Originally Posted by DrumRunner    
I only use the roper style, Weaver neoprene Smart Cinch.

I have that one, in black, not roper though, I use it for WP. I like the roller, makes it easier to tighten up.
     
    02-18-2012, 11:45 PM
  #15
Started
Smart Cinch for Ransom :))

My brothers 27yo horse uses one of those super fuzzy cinces

What kind of cinch straps do you guys prefer? Leather or nylon?
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    02-18-2012, 11:48 PM
  #16
Trained
Leather, only leather, hate, hate nylon latigo!
     
    02-18-2012, 11:57 PM
  #17
Showing
I'm not a barrel racer so I hope ya'll don't mind if I chime in here as well.

I am currently using a couple of cinches like this. I don't like them but I see no sense in trashing a perfectly functional cinch...but I will never buy them again. Not only does the leather middle gall a horse if you aren't careful to keep it bent away from them, but I hate those double roller "smart cinches". Because the bottom roller is so much wider than your latigo, the latigo often gets off center and the hole is 1/2-3/4 of an inch to the side of the buckle tongue. It often takes me a few seconds to get the latigo re-aligned in order to get the thing buckled. Not something I always have time for when saddling a young horse .
Roper Smart Roll Snug Horse Cinch | NRS - National Roper Supply - Western Wear, tack, team ropes, horse tack, team roping ropes, bits...

This is the style that I like and will be getting from now on. The nylon center is much more flexible and the single roller is just the right width to keep your latigo lined up the way it should be.
Classic Roper Nylon Center | NRS - National Roper Supply - Western Wear, tack, team ropes, horse tack, team roping ropes, bits...

As for latigos, I only ever use nylon. I don't like the leather because they require so much care, especially considering how yucky my cinches and stuff gets riding for 8-10 hours a day schooling horses or working cattle. With the nylon, I can rinse them off if they are really nasty and call it good. No drying or oiling necessary and no sticky residue to deal with.
     
    02-18-2012, 11:59 PM
  #18
Trained
Oops was this barrel racers only? My bad, sorry guys!
     
    02-19-2012, 12:00 AM
  #19
Green Broke
I'm using some sort of fleec-y straight cinch right now..I wanted a roper, but she only had straights at the tack store. I figure I can just collect and buy more and eventually have a few roper one's. I prefer neoprene though.
I won't ride in a saddle with a leather latigo unless I'm not doing anything more but walk/trot in an arena..I was out on a ~3 hour trail and my friend's latigo broke just from walking up/down hills. It wasn't in bad shape or anything, it just rubbed too much and snapped; off with the saddle and rider ~2 miles from the barn and at the bottom of all the hills. D:
No way, lol. I'm much too lazy to carry my saddle and walk back through the woods, haha.
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    02-19-2012, 12:06 AM
  #20
Trained
Agrees, for latigo, I only have nylon.

Edit: Forgot my story! A girl during her gaming run, using a leather latigo, came running back for home and went to pull her horse up. The latigo broke and she fell right between the horses front and hind legs. Could have ended SO badly but the horse just barely missed stepping on her.
     

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