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post #1 of 8 Old 10-19-2010, 09:11 AM Thread Starter
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Which do you prefer? Leather or Nylon?

When it comes to western saddle tie straps (for the cinch) and curb straps? While we are on it, do you prefer curb chains or curb straps? And why do you prefer them?

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post #2 of 8 Old 10-19-2010, 10:38 AM
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I use curb straps over curb chains because they are less severe. I use a loose-ring snaffle on my QH mare and only use the strap to keep the bit from going through the mouth and in place.

As to the cinch strap, my saddle came with a nylon strap, so that's what I use.

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post #3 of 8 Old 10-20-2010, 06:32 AM
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I prefer nylon but that's because the leather is to hard for me to tighten up. That being said. Nylon is more likely to slip then leather if you don't get it tightened good. As for curb straps I use a curb chain with the leather end pieces because that's what we had.


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post #4 of 8 Old 10-24-2010, 03:18 PM
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Has anyone used the Weaver Smart Cinch? If so what's your opinion of them and are they worth the cost?
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When it comes to western saddle tie straps (for the cinch) and curb straps? While we are on it, do you prefer curb chains or curb straps? And why do you prefer them?
I prefer whatever I can find that's not made from a dead cow.
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post #6 of 8 Old 10-24-2010, 04:01 PM
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Has anyone used the Weaver Smart Cinch? If so what's your opinion of them and are they worth the cost?
I think it helps a little. I have a hard time cinching as well so any little bit helps.
I have leather on my saddles now, but I prefer nylon latigos. The nylon are much easier to cinch IMO
As far as curb strap I use either a double chain or a leather. I do prefer chain but it will rust over time. Wider is better no matter what you use.
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post #7 of 8 Old 10-24-2010, 06:30 PM
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I agree about the nylon latigos. Leather ones look better, but if they get wet or sweaty, or even if they get a bit old, they tend to stick together and make it pretty hard to smoothly tighten your cinch. I hate having to yank the latigo to get it up to the next hole because it's stuck to itself.

As for curb straps, I use thinner full leather on my snaffles to prevent them being pulled through the mouth. On my curbs, my strap of choice is this

With either nylon or leather ends, depending on what's cheaper. Vida is right, whatever you choose, the wider the better. I prefer the double flat link chain just because that is that much less that I have to oil, plus it's hard to find full leather ones that wide.

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post #8 of 8 Old 10-24-2010, 06:43 PM
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Just an FYI- I keep a tiny baby powder container in my tack stuff. During those hot sweaty days of summer I sprinkle a bit on my leather latigos. It makes them slide much easier.
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