Cinch style preference - The Horse Forum
 2Likes
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 20 Old 09-13-2012, 10:47 PM Thread Starter
Yearling
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: SW MO
Posts: 890
• Horses: 0
Cinch style preference

I have a natural mohair cinch (roper style) that has caused rub marks on Sam where the hardware rests against the skin.

I am looking at a new cinch where the buckles are on top of the cinch material and don't touch the skin. But I am not sure which material is best.

Felt? Neoprene? Lambs wool? Polyurethane?

I want something I can wash when necessary and isn't an incubator Of bacteria. Something that breathes. We ride in 90+ degree Most summer months and our winters are mild. Something that moves with the horse and doesn't create sores.

What material do you prefer and why?

Here is a page of similar style cinches for reference.

Tie Straps, Cinches & Off Billets | Saddle Cinches - Horse.com
AQHSam is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 20 Old 09-13-2012, 10:59 PM
Weanling
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: Stafford, Va
Posts: 420
• Horses: 1
You may be over-tightening the mohair cinch or you may need a longer cinch (the cinch rings may be too low on the horse's sides). There should not be a lot of pressure against the horse where the cinch ring rides, if it is properly rigged. Most of the pressure should be on his sternum. You can purchase leather protectors that go over the cinch ring and ride against the horse, but I've never seen the need, except that they look really nice. There is no better all around cinch than a mohair string cinch. The neoprene and fleece lined cinches need to be tighter to hold the same. They tend to hold heat against the horse and don't breathe (contrary to many advertisements). The wide cinches can also cause rub areas at the back of the elbows. Mohair string cinches breathe, they wick moisture away from the horse and allow it to dry, which helps cool the horse. the biggest single problem I ever see with mohair cinches is that so many people needlessly over-tighten them. The second biggest problem is that folks use them until they get all hard and crusty and should be replaced.
smrobs likes this.
thenrie is offline  
post #3 of 20 Old 09-13-2012, 11:08 PM Thread Starter
Yearling
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: SW MO
Posts: 890
• Horses: 0
You sold me. I probably did over tighten a few weeks ago. I took my mohair home last weekend and washed it. It cleaned up surprisingly well.
AQHSam is offline  
post #4 of 20 Old 09-13-2012, 11:29 PM
Trained
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Arizona
Posts: 5,255
• Horses: 2
I love mohair too. And I trail ride 3-5 hours at a time. I've never had the rings rub. BUT, I have had the latigo pull hair where it runs through the rings when I tighten the cinch in the winter when their hair is long. I did find ring protectors to help prevent that. I made my own years ago out of real sheepskin. Sort of cut them to shape and tied them in the front with yarn.
trailhorserider is offline  
post #5 of 20 Old 09-13-2012, 11:30 PM
Weanling
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Montana, USA
Posts: 715
• Horses: 2
Thenrie gives good advice.

I just want to say what's my favorite cinch is however.

It is the airflex, roper style. It cleans easily and also breaths well, with the cinch over the buckles.
I like mohair too but it's hard to find one that's the right size for my horses because of the same problems so I gave up and just got an airflex. Haven't had a problem since.
BubblesBlue is offline  
post #6 of 20 Old 09-14-2012, 12:09 AM
Foal
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Posts: 215
• Horses: 0
Mohair is generally all I ride, they seem to last longer for me than my neoprene cinches.

When you are sitting a top a horse, you are that much closer to God.
Toymanator is offline  
post #7 of 20 Old 09-14-2012, 12:49 AM
Trained
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: southern Arizona
Posts: 9,047
• Horses: 4
I use mohair with my western saddle with neoprene protectors at the metal rings. I don't think it makes a difference, but they were cheap and make me feel better...
thenrie likes this.

"People can teach us the rules, but only horses can teach us the art of riding."
bsms is offline  
post #8 of 20 Old 09-14-2012, 09:16 PM
Yearling
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Somewhere in WA
Posts: 1,222
• Horses: 11
I personally prefer Neoprene over mohair because I never can keep the cinch right as it stretches and doesn't stay in place well on JJ.
Posted via Mobile Device
BarrelRacingLvr is offline  
post #9 of 20 Old 09-14-2012, 09:57 PM
Weanling
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: Stafford, Va
Posts: 420
• Horses: 1
Quote:
Originally Posted by BarrelRacingLvr View Post
I personally prefer Neoprene over mohair because I never can keep the cinch right as it stretches and doesn't stay in place well on JJ.
Posted via Mobile Device
In all likelihood, the cinch is not your issue. Mohair cinchas don't stretch. It's probably that you're using a thick saddle pad that squishes down as you ride, making the cinch loose and allowing your saddle to move. Go to a wool felt or mohair saddle pad and that won't happen. Not only that, but you'll be able to ride with a looser cinch and the saddle will still stay in place.

Eh...that is unless you're talking about an English saddle. I don't know squat about them.
thenrie is offline  
post #10 of 20 Old 09-15-2012, 06:36 PM
Yearling
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Somewhere in WA
Posts: 1,222
• Horses: 11
Quote:
Originally Posted by thenrie View Post
In all likelihood, the cinch is not your issue. Mohair cinchas don't stretch. It's probably that you're using a thick saddle pad that squishes down as you ride, making the cinch loose and allowing your saddle to move. Go to a wool felt or mohair saddle pad and that won't happen. Not only that, but you'll be able to ride with a looser cinch and the saddle will still stay in place.

Eh...that is unless you're talking about an English saddle. I don't know squat about them.
I ride in a 7/8" 5 star, and Mohairs do stretch which is why I don't use them. I don't have the problem with the Neoprene cinch :)

Conformation is how far the horse CAN go,
Mind is how far the horse WILL go,
Training is how far it DOES go.
BarrelRacingLvr is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.



User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in









Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.


Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Height Preference dressagesweethart Eventing 8 06-15-2012 02:56 AM
Y style cinch Captain Evil Horse Tack and Equipment 0 05-08-2012 03:42 PM
Is my SWB 'older' style or 'newer' style? roro Sport Horses 6 03-07-2011 01:05 PM
Aussie cinch to Western cinch. Sizes? SidMit Horse Tack and Equipment 0 12-04-2010 10:30 AM
What's your preference? tim Horse Tack and Equipment 15 01-13-2008 06:56 AM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome