need input on the best material to use for my cinch.

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    08-07-2012, 08:37 PM
need input on the best material to use for my cinch.

Ok, this time I looked before I am leaping. Last time I leaped and fell on my face.
I need some input from horse lovers who adore their horses. In fact I would go as far as to say, the ones who would put their horses comfort ahead of their own, but that is not a requirement, that is just the way I feel about my filly. If I had to choose one of us to be comfortable. Anyway, what I need is some feedback about the materials used for cinches. As I have said before, I have a new cinch I hope to put on the market. If I don't someone will. I am using ..I think, polyethylene, closed cell, cross linked, 2lb test, foam for the padding. It has all kinds of properties that are impressive..but I do not know what to use to cover the padding. Cotton, fleece, felt, nylon, rayon, pvc?
( I don't get that one )
I want something light, but durable. I have seen some stuff that is bamboo skin, that looked kinda cool. I would greatly appreciate any and all input, I really want my product (s) to focus and comfort and safety.
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    08-07-2012, 09:06 PM
I love 100% mohair, I will spend the extra money on a nice mohair cinch. Also I hate all the weird shaped rings and rollers, in my opinion, all they do is manage to pinch skin and hair.

I have also used horsehair cinches. I had a horse that was all I could use on him. It was a beautiful cinch with brass rings. But beware of the horsehair, some love them and some hate them. I have seen human hair cinches but never spent the money on one and it creeped me out!
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    08-07-2012, 09:34 PM
I should have mentioned I am not sure if I can use mohair. Because with other cinches, they connect to the rigging, with mine the rigging is part of the cinch. But I am going to look into mohair and see how it can be used, since it was the first response I received..thank you
    08-10-2012, 02:33 AM
So today I received the sample of polyethylene, closed cell, cross linked foam, 2lb test. And I love it. I am putting together another mock model of my cinch tonight, So I can field test in tomorrow at the ranch. So many times, what is in my head, does not work. I have gone back to my original design is so many ways. I do hope that I get input on this thread. But even if I don't, I will learn something. I truly believe that my cinch is going to revolutionize the certain aspects of, saddle fit, cinch slipping. Improving the the endurance potential of horses. The vets I have talked to , love my idea. I have not had one bit of negative feedback. I have never experienced that response with one of my ideas. There is alwasy one person who says that will never work. Not with this one. I I wonder why no one ever thought of that before.
    08-10-2012, 03:18 AM
Neoprene for me, almost all the time, or the foam used on Air Flex cinches like this one:

Weaver AirFlex Straight Cinch -

I've yet to find a mohair cinch that I like....
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    08-10-2012, 02:51 PM
I like neoprene, too. With our wide barreled mares, neoprene seems to provide good 'stick' without having to tighten like crazy and doesn't cause chaffing.
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    08-15-2012, 01:39 PM
Hmm lol human hair?..hmm I am not sure how that would work.. I have washed my hair with my horses shampoo so I guess it is only fair.

About the neoprene.. I have heard such mixed reviews, but the one resounding opinion is they are hot. I have put together a prototype using very soft wet suit material, ( sorry about that wet suit hunny) and she definitely sweated pretty heavy, where it covers. The thing about it is I really love the cushioning that will be used. I would just use no cover if I could, it is such a comfortable form of foam.

Crosslinked Polyethylene is very rigid; it has no give to it. This may be used for packing, padding in helmets, or insulation for hot tubs. EVA grade is also a firm foam, but with a softer feel. When pressing your fingers into it, it squishes down a little but comes right back into place. This may be used for kneepads, boat cushions, life preservers, or shin guards.
    08-15-2012, 01:51 PM
So I think I want ( but really it isn't want I want ) is something that breathes, bit is durable. I also put one together with felt..way too hot. Or maybe I need to offer two options..and if so than I could use what my consultants and I come up how funny that sounds.. and then one version after gathering feedback from knowledgable caring people like you.
    08-15-2012, 02:22 PM
I love neoprene cinches too, they provide great stability for the saddle and don't rub. They are also SUPER easy to clean/seem to stay clean, which is always a plus for something that is in close contact with the horse.

I may be way off base here but...a horse is going to sweat where the saddle/cinch is when you ride, so you're worry that she "sweated pretty heavily where it covered" seems a little odd to me. Sweat happens and it's not a bad thing.
    08-15-2012, 05:58 PM
Originally Posted by SorrelHorse    
Neoprene for me, almost all the time, or the foam used on Air Flex cinches like this one:

Weaver AirFlex Straight Cinch -

I've yet to find a mohair cinch that I like....
I clicked on that link but I am not sure it has that item there anymore..

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