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post #1 of 18 Old 07-26-2010, 11:24 PM Thread Starter
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Neoprene vs Felt

I am getting a smaller cinch for my boy as mine is too large on him. I am trying to decide whether to go with another Professionals Choice Neoprene which I was previously using (but noticed it got very heated and once when I pulled it off after a good long trail ride there was a large clump of matted hair??) or their felt version. Would appreciate opinions on which you prefer and why? Thanks~
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post #2 of 18 Old 07-26-2010, 11:54 PM
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I love the pro choice ones and about the hair, I had the same experience. I realy doubt it was hair being ripped out but instead hair that was already shedding and sticking to the girth.

The biggest pros for me with the neoprene is very minimal slipping if any and they're so easy to clean.
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My favorite cinch is actually this one. I absolutely love it. I had a felt cinch for a while and it ended up rolling up on the edges and wearing sores on my horses. I never have liked neoprene, I am not quite sure why.

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We used to use fleece girths all the time - but then, we weren't in the saddle every day, either. Didn't have any trouble with ours bunching like some people did, and never had any kind of sore from the girth. They were bad about picking up stick tights at the edges, but I just trimmed them a bit and combed out most of the stick tights with the dog's slicker brush. When they got dirty, I could just throw them in the washing machine and dryer. Never had a problem with them drawing up.

Those fleece girths are harder to find these days - around here anyway. I bought a neoprene girth and tried it out. Good thing we have horses that aren't up to an all day ride right now. The girth left big bald patches on DJ's belly and sides after just an hour's ride. No sores, I can only assume that it just pulled the hair out - unless the ride was short enough that sores didn't have a chance to develop.

I don't like felt - there's just something about it that leaves me cold. I am going to look harder for the old fleece girths like we used to use. They were very similar to the one you use, Smrobs - but yours is much nicer being real wool.

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I don't ride western very often, but when i do I have a cinch that looks like this;


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I love love love the weaver smartcinches. They make them felt backed and they are sooooo easy to cinch up! You can actually tighten while aboard! They have a roller buckle like an english girth. Check those out!
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I love the pro choice ones and about the hair, I had the same experience. I realy doubt it was hair being ripped out but instead hair that was already shedding and sticking to the girth.

The biggest pros for me with the neoprene is very minimal slipping if any and they're so easy to clean.
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I'm with you. My western and my english girth are both Pro Choice neoprene. I don't like the felt much, because all girths I've seen looked very dirty. I clean my neoprene after EVERY ride, but I highly doubt the felt can be cleaned that often.

Actually here is come the question. Smrobs, how often and how do you clean that cinch?
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I use the Weaver mohair, roper, Smart Cinch. I found it easy to clean and seems to last forever. I do switch off to the neoprene Classic Equine roper from time to time and used the Professional's Choice neoprene for years (even though I will not use a neoprene saddle pad). I agree that the matted hair is just shed not rub. If you look at any cinch, there is always hair left behind.

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I don't like the felt much, because all girths I've seen looked very dirty. I clean my neoprene after EVERY ride, but I highly doubt the felt can be cleaned that often.
I have hospital felt. Throw them in the washing machine. Wash with dreft or other gentle detergent and hang to dry. Good as new.

One problem with the neoprene - sand can get in and not get out. Several friends who used them distance riding ended up with some nasty girth galls.
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I have hospital felt. Throw them in the washing machine. Wash with dreft or other gentle detergent and hang to dry. Good as new.

One problem with the neoprene - sand can get in and not get out. Several friends who used them distance riding ended up with some nasty girth galls.
mls, sorry for dumb question, but do you put the whole cinch in washing machine or it's removable?

Yes, I see what you are saying about sand and distance riding. But my ride is usually up to 1 hour (little longer if I go on trail). So far nothing in 3 years (knock on wood, of course).
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