08-24-2011, 11:38 AM
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Mohair string cinches, not too narrow, lots of strands. 100% wool or mohair for the 'give' because western do not have elastic like english girths do. I avoid nylon or blends. I hear Alpaca wool is great.
I avoid neoprene or non-slip material because the cinch does need to move during tightening and I feel it would pull or pinch or tear a few hairs out during the process. Plus I had a mare that let me know that.
I do have one that is nylon webbing backed with wool felt, another backed with sheepskin. I like those for winter because the backing goes up past the ring so the cold metal doesn't touch the horse.