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post #21 of 29 Old 07-06-2014, 09:31 AM Thread Starter
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Sorry I didn't get to the pictures as soon as I had hoped:

Pic of Sadie w/out a saddle: pic 005

Cinched up normally (not tightened but sits in that general area and you can see the rub, same rub on opposite side): pic 009

HOpefully this is an acceptable angle to judge saddle fit: pic 011

My attempt at crossfire rigging, looks odd to me but just not what I'm used to, with longer latigos is this worth a shot?: pic 013
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post #22 of 29 Old 07-06-2014, 05:53 PM
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Yup, rigged in the full position so the cinch appears to be moving too far forward. Does your saddle settle a bit more forward while you're riding? With some longer latigos, the centerfire rigging you've got going on should help tremendously.
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The saddle does seem to settle a bit more forward while riding, generally walk or ride around for 5-10min and will have quite a bit of extra slack to take up while still not feeling overly tight, as I believe I have caused galling in the past from over-tightening.

Hate to change 2 things at once, but hopefully this week I will either find a mohair or merino wool cinch, and some longer latigos and see how it works.

more input is always welcome/appreciated
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post #24 of 29 Old 07-07-2014, 09:41 AM
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Quick questions, doesn't changing the rigging change the fit/pressure points of the saddle?
Also, how do you all clean your mohair/alpaca type cinches?
I rinsed mine off yesterday until the water ran clear. Hoping that's good enough?

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Originally Posted by spookychick13 View Post
Also, how do you all clean your mohair/alpaca type cinches?
I rinsed mine off yesterday until the water ran clear. Hoping that's good enough?
That's what I do. Hand wash in cold water (no soap) and let them hang to dry. So far, so good.

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Terri, it might change the pressure points slightly when the horse is moving at liberty without a rider, but with a rider, the entire bar is being pressed down anyway so there's not much difference there between the riggings. However, changing the rigging might change how the saddle moves with the horse. For example, a horse that was being rubbed on the loins in a "full" rigged saddle, might not have that trouble anymore with a centerfire rigging because there's not as much side-to-side at the back of the saddle.

As for cleaning cinches, I've got one of those $20 water jet pressure washers from TV. I use that until the water runs clear. If I've got a lot of hair on them, I'll gently use a rubber curry comb to work most of it out.
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sorry to dig up an old thread but wanted to give an update incase others were having the same issue.

Wife's pony has been lame all summer (ligament issue, just injected a few days ago so see what happens) so last week was our first real riding since June.

I went with the centerfire rigging, but also went with the Coolback & Woolback cinch covers both worked very well, rinsed between rides and let dry and they felt much nicer than the cheap cover that my wife's friend was using. Last morning we went for a short ride and I just used the airflex to see how it did, zero issues with that too although I don't think I would use just the airflex on long days since our camping area is about 95% sand so I think that with a bit more "fluff" the sand is less likely to get worked between the cinch/skin and be abrasive.
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post #28 of 29 Old 10-02-2014, 10:50 PM
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Ditch the neoprene cinch. Neoprene is notorious for causing cinch galls plus your cinch is too wide. Switch to a mohair cinch, a natural material. Also one should never use webbing all the way around as there is no give.
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post #29 of 29 Old 10-11-2014, 03:12 PM
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I use sheepskin girths. Work well and have no problem with my thin skinned guy. Really like Triple E's as you can pull off and throw in washer. I use the contoured endurance ones w/elastic ends. They come straight also and have the choice of billet rigging or western style. You can also purchase just the sheepskin as a replacement (or as I do swap out when one is in the washer). A link to their site is: Girths
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