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    12-05-2012, 11:12 AM
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Foal
Anyone have issues with neoprene cinches?

I got a Weaver Neoprene Roper cinch and my mare is really 'cinchy' with it. She tries to bite me when I cinch her up and she seems really tender. When I ride her with it she will buck. I haven't ever had her buck like this and I've had her for 8 years. She does alright once you get her distracted, but I'm thinking the cinch may be pulling her hair? She's a paint with longer hair and that's the only thing I can think of since she cinches and rides just fine in a fleece/wool cinch. I'm a little frustrated since the cinch wasn't cheap :(

Here's the one I bought Weaver Neoprene Roper Smart Cinch - Horse.com
     
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    12-05-2012, 11:14 AM
  #2
Banned
That's an easy roller, making it WAY too easy to tighten the cinch too much... perhaps you are accidentally pinching her and making her uncomfortable?
     
    12-05-2012, 11:17 AM
  #3
Showing
Do you see any signs of girth galls? I hate neoprene for this reason. I only use mohair cinches now.
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    12-05-2012, 11:18 AM
  #4
Trained
I don't like using neoprene because it's prone to stick to and pinch the skin [even if you aren't accidentally cinching too tight]. Neoprene also has a tendency to get really hot and it doesn't breathe well. My mare is a saint and would put up with anything, but after one particularly long trail ride [5+ hours] when I took her cinch off it was burning hot. And not hot like a fleece one where you just get too warm, hot like it could burn. I switched to a string cinch and have never looked back.

And for the record, I don't see anything different about that cinch that makes me think it's an "easy roller," looks like a basic cinch set up to me.
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    12-05-2012, 11:19 AM
  #5
Foal
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Originally Posted by Tianimalz    
That's an easy roller, making it WAY too easy to tighten the cinch too much... perhaps you are accidentally pinching her and making her uncomfortable?
I don't think I am, but I will try it a little looser and see what happens! I don't know what you would call it, but the way I cinch is by putting the little needle thing in the holes on the cinch strap. I try to always do it on the same hole and it's the same size as my fleece one.
     
    12-05-2012, 11:20 AM
  #6
Green Broke
I agree with Ti, maybe too tight or like you said pulling the hairs. I have never used a neoprene cinch because I have heard they give your horse sores. I use a felt with both of mine.
     
    12-05-2012, 11:24 AM
  #7
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by riccil0ve    
I don't like using neoprene because it's prone to stick to and pinch the skin [even if you aren't accidentally cinching too tight]. Neoprene also has a tendency to get really hot and it doesn't breathe well. My mare is a saint and would put up with anything, but after one particularly long trail ride [5+ hours] when I took her cinch off it was burning hot. And not hot like a fleece one where you just get too warm, hot like it could burn. I switched to a string cinch and have never looked back.

And for the record, I don't see anything different about that cinch that makes me think it's an "easy roller," looks like a basic cinch set up to me.
Yep, that's a smart cinch with the roller. You start one way and end on another, with roller action to help cinch easier, and also tighter if your not careful. I really think its the neoprene that is the problem not the roller cinch.
     
    12-05-2012, 11:37 AM
  #8
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I've used em and never had a problem But we're low-key riders, and I hate the extra cleaning of any other cinch.

There IS a roller on that cinch, it could be it is too tight, and if she isn't being rubbed raw then my guess is that is the case. I don't think over heating would cause her to be biting. Was she ever using a "roper" style cinch before? Perhaps the different shape of it is irritating.

But for the sudden biting and what not, my main bet is that it is too tight too soon because of misuse of the rollers.

I learned that the hard way, got bit a few times (not my horses) for cinching up too quickly and tightly with rollers.
     
    12-05-2012, 05:00 PM
  #9
Yearling
I love neoprene cinches....I use nothing else but neoprene. I've had no sores, no pinching, no problems at all, easy to clean etc.
     
    12-05-2012, 10:14 PM
  #10
Foal
Thank you for the help everyone!

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Originally Posted by equiniphile    
Do you see any signs of girth galls? I hate neoprene for this reason. I only use mohair cinches now.
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I haven't noticed any. I've been running my hand where the girth goes almost every day because I was worried about sores.

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Originally Posted by riccil0ve    
I don't like using neoprene because it's prone to stick to and pinch the skin [even if you aren't accidentally cinching too tight]. Neoprene also has a tendency to get really hot and it doesn't breathe well. My mare is a saint and would put up with anything, but after one particularly long trail ride [5+ hours] when I took her cinch off it was burning hot. And not hot like a fleece one where you just get too warm, hot like it could burn. I switched to a string cinch and have never looked back.

And for the record, I don't see anything different about that cinch that makes me think it's an "easy roller," looks like a basic cinch set up to me.
I was wondering about pinching too. I have noticed it was really hot when we went trail riding. I didn't even think about it holding the heat compared to fleece. I haven't ever used a string/mohair cinch before. I might think about trying one now!

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Originally Posted by nvr2many    
I agree with Ti, maybe too tight or like you said pulling the hairs. I have never used a neoprene cinch because I have heard they give your horse sores. I use a felt with both of mine.
I suppose I could be pulling her hair when tighten it too, didn't even think about that. It does cinch really fast. Usually I give her a minute before I cinch to the last few holes with fleece cinches.
     

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