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    06-06-2012, 06:16 PM
  #21
Weanling
Honestly I haven't even been to my first race yet, but I have an Arab and I use no-name-brand, almost looks homemade, cloth-like material girth. It's VERY comfortable for my mare and she is extremely picky! I reckon I will put a fleece cover over it if I do anything over 25 miles tho just to be on the safe side.
     
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    06-28-2012, 11:24 AM
  #22
Foal
After experimenting over the years with different girths, I finally have settled on mohair, ropers type from Professional Choice, all my endurance horses are a lot happier with this. The only drawback I have found, if you are trudging through deep bush....stickers, etc will stick on the underneath side of it....this is not really a problem, just something to watch.
     
    06-28-2012, 11:27 AM
  #23
Foal
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Originally Posted by usdivers    
After experimenting over the years with different girths, I finally have settled on mohair, ropers type from Professional Choice, all my endurance horses are a lot happier with this. The only drawback I have found, if you are trudging through deep bush....stickers, etc will stick on the underneath side of it....this is not really a problem, just something to watch.
One extra point, if you go mohair, make sure it is the real deal, and not some cotton copy.
     
    06-28-2012, 11:32 AM
  #24
Foal
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Originally Posted by Speed Racer    
I use a neoprene girth on my Arabian, and a merino wool one on my TB.

Both girths are Professionals Choice, and have elastic on both ends. I love the double elastic, because you can girth the horse up much more evenly than just having elastic on one side.

Another good feature is that the wool and neoprene are velcroed to the girth, so can be removed for cleaning.
Professonals Choice make great stuff!
     
    06-28-2012, 11:36 AM
  #25
mls
Trained
I have used fleece and hospital felt (depended on the horse).

No matter what you use - make sure the first time you use it is NOT at an actual event. ANYTHING for distance riding should be broke in prior to a ride. Would be a potential disaster to find out 15 miles from camp that your horse or you are reacting to something!
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    06-28-2012, 12:20 PM
  #26
Trained
I REALLY like string girths/cinches (that's a western cinch you pictured) for any long distance riding, trail or endurance. They do not rub and they conform to your horse so they don't rub, either.
     
    06-28-2012, 10:53 PM
  #27
Foal
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Originally Posted by mls    
No matter what you use - make sure the first time you use it is NOT at an actual event. ANYTHING for distance riding should be broke in prior to a ride. Would be a potential disaster to find out 15 miles from camp that your horse or you are reacting to something!
Don't worry, I totally know this! I have been a runner for a number of years and I'm sure trying out new tack at an event would be equivalent to trying out new shoes in a marathon!

I think I've narrowed down my search to either mohair or a prof. Choice neoprene. I may just try to pick up one of each off ebay and then resell whichever one I don't like as much. I really appreciate everyone's advice.
     
    06-29-2012, 05:14 PM
  #28
Trained
I just bought a new western cinch. It is a Weaver Air Flex. It looks like it will be nice. Now if it just gets down to under 100 degrees outside, maybe I will try it out.
     
    06-30-2012, 10:26 AM
  #29
Yearling
I use Classic Equines. Have not had any issues. I do however find myself drawn to Mohair. Just might pick one up and try it. I think some neoprene is made with oil, I hear. I could be wrong.
     
    06-30-2012, 12:11 PM
  #30
Trained
I rode in the Air Flex this morning. It worked fine with no issues. I didn't ride long enough to really know how it will do for long rides.
     

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