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    01-21-2013, 09:45 PM
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Opinions on neoprene cinchs?

What's your opinions on the neoprene cinchs like this-

Do they pinch? I have one and never really used it cause I always thought they'd pinch. I usually use the ones with the fleece but how are these neoprene ones? My gelding is too big for my fleece one now and the only other one I have is the neoprene.
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    01-21-2013, 09:55 PM
I have a neoprene one.I have never had a problem with it pinching any of the horses. I just don't like how it is not breathable like the wool ones.
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    01-21-2013, 11:07 PM
I like them but some horses get extremely nasty saddle sores after rides.
    01-21-2013, 11:38 PM
We ride a lot, rope a lot and put in some really really long days. Neoprene sores up horses like nothing else. I only use mohair or alpaca.
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    01-22-2013, 06:46 AM
I used neoprene on my western, and using it on my english (both - dressage and jumping). Never had a sore, and both horses seem to prefer it to the leather one.
    01-22-2013, 07:59 AM
Green Broke
Friends have tried them. They hold too much heat which contributes to skin breakdown. The people I know who tried them ended up with sore horses and felt terrible about it.
    01-22-2013, 12:43 PM
It seems to depend on the horse- wool/ mohair is great because it breathes, neoprene can be a bit more padded and comfortable. My dressage girth is neoprene and I have never had an issue!
    01-22-2013, 01:10 PM
I hate neoprene. It's hot and doesn't breathe. I would go on long trail rides, get back and the only place my arab was sweaty would be under the cinch. No thanks.

I now use Mohair. My horses are no more sweaty under the cinch than the pad after a good ride. I love it. I want to try alpaca too someday.
    01-22-2013, 01:10 PM
We use them on all our mares. They don''t pinch or make sores...at least on our wide bodies we can tighten a lot less with no slipping.
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    01-22-2013, 11:13 PM
I have never had an issue with neoprene. The only time I have seen the sore are when the rider fails to brush the girth area properly. The regular neoprene cinches do tend to be hot . I like the ones that are ventilated like the ventech ones.

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