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post #1 of 22 Old 11-23-2009, 09:47 PM Thread Starter
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Opinions on neoprene?

Neoprene girths, specifically.
I had a brief stint where someone talked me into using a neoprene girth on my little mare (she has no withers to speak of, and even outfitted with a breast collar, her saddle can get to swaying from time to time), and after awhile, it actually started ripping out her fur and now she has white marks along her girth line. Needless to say, that girth was replaced with a felt one right quick.
Then there's my gelding, who I also used a neoprene girth on around the same time. But only for one or two rides... I think he might be allergic to the neoprene, since he gets a bunch of bumps, kinda like hives, and really touchy wherever the neoprene lays against him.
Since I like to keep things like girths and pads so that they can potentially be switched between horses, I've banished neoprene from my tack room.

Has anyone else had problems with neoprene-anything? Other than sticking to the horse a little better, what purpose does it even serve? It doesn't seem to breath at all, and the only upside I've found is that it's easy to clean.
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post #2 of 22 Old 11-24-2009, 02:29 AM
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I've always used neoprene on my horses, even on trail rides..basically the reasons I use it are the ease of cleaning and the stickiness. I've never had any problems with it. I know that some horses do get irritated with it, but I just haven't come across any yet so I prefer it. If I did come across a horse that had a problem with it, I just wouldn't use it on that horse, but I'd still use it on horses that are okay with it. =)
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We use neoprene girths on our mares, have never had a problem, and you can tighten them a lot less and still prevent slipping.

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post #4 of 22 Old 11-24-2009, 06:51 AM
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I have Prof Choice for my western and english saddles and never had a problem (even after several hours trail ride).
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post #5 of 22 Old 11-24-2009, 09:46 AM
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I like neoprene a lot ! Actually my sisters mare can only have a neoprene girth...if she doesnt she bucks when you put the saddle on & that does not lead to a good ride...

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post #6 of 22 Old 11-24-2009, 01:53 PM
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I use the neoprene Smart Cinch and have never had a problem - I like it because I do a lot of trail riding in all kinds of conditions and it is so very easy to keep clean!
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post #7 of 22 Old 11-24-2009, 02:01 PM
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I won't use anything other than Professionals Choice neoprene girths with elastic on both ends.

I haven't had a bit of problem with them, and I love how they fit snugly but don't need to be tightened to where the horse's eyeballs look like they're going to pop out of their sockets.

If your mare is losing hair along her girth line it might be because of the neoprene, but it sounds as if you tightened the girth too much.

I like that they're pretty much nonslip, and can be hosed off after I ride.
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post #8 of 22 Old 11-24-2009, 05:22 PM
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A lot of horses have allergies to neoprene so if they are exhibiting signs of allergic reactions I would stop using it on them. Reactions are not uncommon to neoprene. But there are plenty of people that have horses that have no problems with it.
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post #9 of 22 Old 11-24-2009, 05:50 PM
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True Irish, just like some people have allergies to latex.

The OP's mare doesn't sound like she was allergic so much as the girth might have been too tight.

Her gelding now, yes, it sounds like he might be allergic.
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post #10 of 22 Old 11-24-2009, 05:54 PM Thread Starter
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I wasn't thinking that she was allergic, I just didn't like that it pulled out her fur if it was too tight... she's ridden and saddled by a lot of amateurs, and I'm used to non neoprene girths that can be tightened more, so it's very possible that it was too tight.
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