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post #1 of 14 Old 06-28-2012, 03:25 PM Thread Starter
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This cinch did this to my horse :/

Iv had this cinch for about 4 years ( older then that though!), actually handed down to me by my aunt and iv never had a problem like this before until now.

My gelding had a spook attack over goats and almost threw me off on our trail ride this morning and after I got home and un saddled him I noticed a sore from the cinch.

I didnt realize this until now either but the cinch looked a little low and I bet I need a bigger one.

I am not sure if this is real mohair or not either, maybe you can tell but has anyone ever had this problem? maybe this quality is just bad and too old school to be using anymore. I did find a website that has protectors.. wondering if these may work too.
regardless I am buying a new cinch and a bigger one too.

Dont want Felt or Neoprene.
Any others?
I would like to get Mohair again..

Thank you for your replies and opinions!:)

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post #2 of 14 Old 06-28-2012, 04:02 PM
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I have seen horse get sored from time to time but usally if it happens I just go out and buy a new cinch. They are pretty cheep considering and if you get a good mohair one it will last a long time. I like the ones that have the rollers built in because I find my cinches easier to pull tight on these compared to the ones with out them. Haven't used the protectors at all so not much help on that end.

Doesn't look like he got rubbed tbo bad though because I have seen some a lot bigger than that and they always heel up fine withjust a bit of time off.

Good luck.
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post #3 of 14 Old 06-28-2012, 05:07 PM
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That whole area where the cinch ring was looks swollen, and the little rub is likely where the buckle tongue connects to the ring. It may be a reaction to or chaffing from the rusty cinch ring.

The buckle protectors like Cashel would probably help.

But since the cinch is old if I were you I would buy a good quality new mohair cinch. The new ones have stainless steel rings that will not rust. I LOVE the Classic Equine mohair and/or alpaca cinches. Stainless hardware and lots of soft luxurious strands of mohair.

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Weaver is nice too, I own one of those also. But my Weaver is 27 strands and the Classic Equines are 31 strands. So you get a better cinch for your money.
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post #4 of 14 Old 06-28-2012, 05:27 PM
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If the buckle rubbed that far down I am thinking the probelm is your girth is too short, Shouldnt really be alot of pressure right where the buckle is.
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post #5 of 14 Old 06-28-2012, 06:17 PM
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I have both an alpaca roper and a mohair roper cinch (I think they're both weaver but I could be wrong) and I've been VERY happy with both of them. I rinse them out pretty often with just water to keep sweat and hair from building up (maybe once a week, takes about two minutes and let them dry overnight). I ride 3-4 days a week, 3-4 hours at a time in lots of sand and some steep hills, walk trot and lope. They've held up really well with regular rinsing and the occasional good soak and scrub with a blanket wash or very mild shampoo.

I do really recommend going for the solid stainless steel or brass hardware (hard to find). The plated kind tends to rust really fast and cause problems like you are having.

I agree with Joe4d, if that rub mark is your buckle that cinch is just a little small. Go 2-4" longer than the one you have (measure from the very ends of the buckles). With the buckle a little higher on the horses side there will be less pressure on it. Also, make sure that the rings in the middle of the cinch are perfectly centered under your horses midline AFTER you are completely cinched up. This way, the dee's wont rub under his armpits and your buckles will be even on either side. When you first start cinching up, your dee's should fall just to the right of the midline so that once the cinch is fully tightened they are centered.

good luck :)
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post #6 of 14 Old 06-29-2012, 11:43 AM Thread Starter
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OK I posted more pics cause I went back and measured the cinch and wanted to show you pics of it. Im thinking I need to get a 34" correct?

Then I went back to double check if that cinch was the cause and I'm not sure. What do you think about all this?
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Is that the saddle you have used for a long time? in the photo, it looks like it might not fit. The photo doesn't show it all that well, but it is tipping down in front , so appears to be too wide in front.
Mind you, it could just be the photo. It looks to be placed a wee bit forward.

I have those cashel pad thingy's and they are nice. you could make one yourself if you had some thick felt or a piece of foam rubber.
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post #8 of 14 Old 06-29-2012, 01:26 PM
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ur saddle needs to be moved back so u can fit about 4 fingers inbetween his leg and the girth.i put a sock right were the buckle thing is :)
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post #9 of 14 Old 06-29-2012, 03:38 PM
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An easy way to measure for a girth and it will get you close to the correct size is to set your saddle on your horse, run a string through the rigging on each side and under their belly where your cinch would go. Pull it snug and mark it at the D-rings on both sides. Measure the string and then subtract 16 inches (round off to the nearest increment of 2 inches; 26, 28, 30, etc).

I'm inclined to agree with Tiny, though, it doesn't look like your saddle fits very well. Part of it may be due to you keeping the cinch in the full rigging position (where the cinch is directly under the swells of the saddle). Have you tried rigging the saddle differently so that the cinch sits a bit farther back and evens out the pressure on the saddle tree? The saddle actually looks like it's sitting in the correct place, but there are very few horses that have the correct build to accommodate a full rigging without having the exact same issues you're running into with the cinch right up under their elbow and pulling down the front of the saddle.

I much prefer a saddle with the girth in a 7/8ths position, which you would have to use both rings to achieve.
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post #10 of 14 Old 06-29-2012, 05:27 PM Thread Starter
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So My saddle is maybe too wide you are saying? Ill check these websites out and do some more research.

For the most part it sits just fine on him, I guess come up a little...He was eating grain and bending down and tried to get a pic where he was up right more. In the picture it does look goofy. He is actually skinny but the pic makes him look fat too. Im trying to fatten him up! Ok bad picture ;)

Thank you!!!
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