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post #1 of 12 Old 08-16-2012, 06:48 PM Thread Starter
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I want a new cinch

I have a 28" cinch now, and I believe I need a 26". It works okay, but it's just an off brand neoprene. It seems to just trap so much sweat. So... Here are my questions:
1. If a cinch is too large, can it cause saddle slippage? If it's long enough to go past the curve of the ribs/side will it impair saddle fit ( does that make sense)?
2. Roper cinch vs straight...I understand why ropers need a little extra. I've seen casual riders with roper cinches too. Does it provide extra stability in normal circumstances? Do horses resent that extra pressure? Does it even matter for a casual rider?
3. What's your favorite girth material? I really want a weaver air flex, but the smallest I can find is a 28"
4. How do you all measure for your girth?
5. Any info I need to know but didn't think to ask about...

Am I just being a horse glutton and wanting something new?
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I have a 28" cinch now, and I believe I need a 26". It works okay, but it's just an off brand neoprene. It seems to just trap so much sweat. So... Here are my questions:
1. If a cinch is too large, can it cause saddle slippage? If it's long enough to go past the curve of the ribs/side will it impair saddle fit ( does that make sense)?
2. Roper cinch vs straight...I understand why ropers need a little extra. I've seen casual riders with roper cinches too. Does it provide extra stability in normal circumstances? Do horses resent that extra pressure? Does it even matter for a casual rider?
3. What's your favorite girth material? I really want a weaver air flex, but the smallest I can find is a 28"
4. How do you all measure for your girth?
5. Any info I need to know but didn't think to ask about...

Am I just being a horse glutton and wanting something new?
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Well I can't answer all that, but I'll answer what I can.

I prefer ropers, because they distibute the weight more evenly.

I have the air flex, and I love love love love, did I say love? IT!
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I know, want one! But I want the right size :(
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I have a 28" cinch now, and I believe I need a 26". It works okay, but it's just an off brand neoprene. It seems to just trap so much sweat. So... Here are my questions:
1. If a cinch is too large, can it cause saddle slippage? If it's long enough to go past the curve of the ribs/side will it impair saddle fit ( does that make sense)?

Yes, We usually ride in smaller length cinches for that reason. I just want therings out of the way of the elbows. I like a 26" cinch in mohair but they do stretch out.

2. Roper cinch vs straight...I understand why ropers need a little extra. I've seen casual riders with roper cinches too. Does it provide extra stability in normal circumstances? Do horses resent that extra pressure? Does it even matter for a casual rider?

I have not had a roper style cinch prevent slippage if that is what you mean by stability. Even roping I don't use a roper style cinch. If you are a good roper then you are not jerking the piss out of anything anyhow.


3. What's your favorite girth material? I really want a weaver air flex, but the smallest I can find is a 28"

I have only owned once sythetic cinch, I threw it away because it was hot and galled. I have been partial to a 100% mohair cinch. Not a synthetic blend. It is soft and it will stretch allowing the horse to exand for breathing. I hate seeing neoprene cinches with nylon billits and the horse is cut in half. How is he supposed to breath?lol

4. How do you all measure for your girth?

I have a couple of different sizes to accommodate bigger/smaller horses. The most common one I use is a 28 stretched out.
5. Any info I need to know but didn't think to ask about...

Am I just being a horse glutton and wanting something new?

LOL...no, I would get rid of neoprene too
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Obviously I am biased....

I DON'T LEAD 'EM AND FEED 'EM, I RIDE 'EM AND SLIDE 'EM.
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"I hate seeing neoprene cinches with nylon billits and the horse is cut in half. How is he supposed to breath?lol"

^^ that's ME!!! (sorry horse...)

I did find that air flex in a 26"....

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I hear you about the mohair though; not blowing that off..
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"I hate seeing neoprene cinches with nylon billits and the horse is cut in half. How is he supposed to breath?lol"

^^ that's ME!!! (sorry horse...)

I did find that air flex in a 26"....

LOL!
My advice is if you go with a non stretching cinch than at least get leather billets, they provide some stretch. If you go with Mohair then nylon billets are fine, in my opinion. But I would imagine the amount of time you ride at a time would have something to do with the material you choose. If you ride all day long, I wouldn't go with a neoprene/synthetic. But if you are loping a round the arena for 45 minutes I am sure that that cinch would be more than satisfactory. You had said your current cinch is "hot", I would be inclined to find that wasn't.

Some like the neoprene because it is easy to clean. But if you are not riding a pile of different horses everday and have to worry about bacteria transmition I wouldn't worry. Also mohair can be washed easily if not left until they get nasty beyond repair. I have washed them at the car wash, in a bucket and in the washer. But because they stretch it is wise to either put them on a board with two nails or be aware when you cinch up the first couple of rides.

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If you ride all day long, I wouldn't go with a neoprene/synthetic. But if you are loping a round the arena for 45 minutes I am sure that that cinch would be more than satisfactory. You had said your current cinch is "hot", I would be inclined to find that wasn't.
^^what does your last sentence mean?
And my horse wears me out way before I wear him out, at this point... So, synthetic is okay :)
Oh my god. Honestly, I think I'm just doing that thing that people do when they don't know what they're doing. BUY MORE STUFF.
Although, I think you're point about cutting him in half is pretty accurate.
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Sorry I interpreted your sweaty cinch comment as hot. Supposedly neoprene is suppsed to use the sweat to lubricate and lessen friction. The one I had did not, it galled. So what I meant was to find a cinch that breathes so the sweat can evaporate.

Buying stuff for horses is so much fun though!(that's where my $$$ go!)
You just need to find what workd for you and your horse. Sure their may be some experimentation but if you buy something and it doesn't work, then resell it. You might take a little loss since it is used but it wont be a total loss :)

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Yep. I've got some bits for sale :) LOL.
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