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post #11 of 20 Old 09-15-2012, 07:05 PM
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I use Weaver neoprene roper style Smart Cinch.. Mohair will stretch, especially if you are doing harder disciplines such as barrels like BarrelRacingLvr and myself do..It can stretch up to a couple inches actually..

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post #12 of 20 Old 09-15-2012, 07:36 PM
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I don't do barrels, but I use one of the wintec synthetic girths. No rubbing, stretching, sores, or issues in the year I've had it. Easy to hose off when it gets nasty with mud and sweat. And no, it does not breathe, at all, but that has never caused an issue for my guy other than I have to hose off the area under where the girth was along with the rest of him. Love my girth.
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post #13 of 20 Old 09-15-2012, 07:58 PM
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Hmmm. I've never had one stretch, that I know of. Then again, it's been years since I did anything like barrels or other performance games. Just to ask, do they stretch just when they're new, or to they continue to stretch throughout their lives? To tell the truth, I've never measured one for stretch. For trail riding (which is all I do anymore, besides training) I don't recommend anything but a mohair string cinch, because a neoprene cinch doesn't dissipate heat well and holds moisture, but I can see where it might be good for what you do.

I think I'll buy a string cinch and do some testing to see how much stretch I can get out of it...just for grins.

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post #14 of 20 Old 09-15-2012, 08:19 PM
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I'm pretty sure it will stretch even with just trail riding. It stretches over time, especially when your horse sweats and the mohair sucks up that moisture..The thing I don't like about the string cinches is that they don't hold heat or anything but they do suck up that moisture and it doesn't go anywhere, it sits in the string and will start to rub. I've had horses that end up with their hair rubbed off from a string cinch..Yes, I know ANY cinch can do that but it's happened more so with me when using a mohair or other string cinch.

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post #15 of 20 Old 09-15-2012, 08:22 PM
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I had a neoprene and used it last year no problem, but I didn't do any serious riding. Mostly just walk/trot work. This year, it doesn't seem to matter what horse I use it on, it's leaving sores. So I changed out to a new cinch that doesn't doesn't rub/hurt the horses.

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post #16 of 20 Old 09-15-2012, 08:54 PM
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I love my mohair cinch (roper style) and plan to switch over and get more of them when I have the cash. Otherwise I like cotton string cinches as an okay sub. I pretty well detest neoprene.

I go riding with a group of QHs and my little Arab is never even a quarter as sweaty as them by the end of the ride, but after using a neoprene girth to see how it was, she was soaking under it. Seen some pretty nasty girth sores from neoprene too. Not saying other materials don't cause sores, but generally it is user error in those cases (over tightening, etc...) and not the actual material causing the problem.

Like anything else though, buy quality, take care of it and it will generally take care of you no matter what material you use.

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post #17 of 20 Old 09-18-2012, 08:55 PM
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thenrie my guess would be there is limited stretching unless the twist on the "string" isn't tight enough. I raise angora goats, that's where the mohair comes from, it doesn't have "spring" like wool so once it stretches out it is going to be that way until it is washed. Wool will bounce back after stretching. Mohair doesn't have the crimp in it like the wool does to allow it to bounce back. :)
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post #18 of 20 Old 09-18-2012, 08:57 PM
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I hit enter before I meant to. The stretch is most likely a combination of the twist in the "string" not being tight enough and the knots/weaving tightening up as it is used.
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post #19 of 20 Old 09-18-2012, 09:26 PM
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I love my Mohair cinches. I hate neoprene, it causes saddle sores IME.
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post #20 of 20 Old 09-18-2012, 10:28 PM
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Originally Posted by thenrie View Post
Mohair cinchas don't stretch.

I agree with most of what you've said, thenrie, except for this. Mohair will stretch, especially if it is a new cinch. A couple of years ago, I bought 2 28" mohair roper cinches. After using one for a while (several weeks of hard riding), I went to swap them out and the used one was about 2 inches longer than the new one. I don't think it happens all at once on the very first ride, but it does happen. After it gets to a certain stretch point, though, it generally stays there and doesn't stretch anymore during its life.

I, like others, only use mohair string cinches. They just seem to hold better, they have some give, and I've never had a horse sored by one that was well cared for and properly adjusted/fitted. Like anything else, if I let them get off-center or too tight or they get caked with salt/mud and are stiff enough to hold the shape of the horse when you undo the latigo, then sores are likely LOL.

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