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  • PROPER HEIGHT FOR MOHAIR CINCH
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    09-13-2012, 10:47 PM
  #1
Yearling
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
     
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    09-13-2012, 10:59 PM
  #2
Weanling
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.
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    09-13-2012, 11:08 PM
  #3
Yearling
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.
     
    09-13-2012, 11:29 PM
  #4
Green Broke
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.
     
    09-13-2012, 11:30 PM
  #5
Weanling
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.
     
    09-14-2012, 12:09 AM
  #6
Foal
Mohair is generally all I ride, they seem to last longer for me than my neoprene cinches.
     
    09-14-2012, 12:49 AM
  #7
Trained
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...
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    09-14-2012, 09:16 PM
  #8
Yearling
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.
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    09-14-2012, 09:57 PM
  #9
Weanling
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Originally Posted by BarrelRacingLvr    
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.
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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.
     
    09-15-2012, 06:36 PM
  #10
Yearling
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Originally Posted by thenrie    
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 :)
     

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