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    10-28-2012, 10:14 PM
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Tie strap and off billet: leather or nylon?

Do you use a leather or nylon off billet? Why?

I've always used leather off billets and nylon tie straps, but am thinking of switching to all leather.
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    10-28-2012, 10:38 PM
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Trained
I prefer nylon because its durable and last a LONG time.

I currently have leather on my 3 Billy Cook saddles because that's what they come with. Its a very nice quality leather and lasts.my one BC is 10 years old and still has everything that came with it and is in great shape!
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    10-28-2012, 11:12 PM
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Trained
I use the leather ones.
     
    10-28-2012, 11:14 PM
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Ink
Weanling
I use leather for everything! I can't stand nylon; it's too slippery. Leather will last just as long if you take care of it.
     
    10-29-2012, 09:56 AM
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Green Broke
I've used both, but prefer leather.

BTW, I've seen both break on people who don't clean or check their equipment regularly. Exciting to watch, I can't imaging how scary to have it happen.
     
    10-29-2012, 10:21 AM
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Banned
Whatever matches the saddle
     
    10-29-2012, 10:24 AM
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When I ride western, I use a tie strap on both sides (just feels more secure to me) and I definitely prefer nylon ties. Leather gets so gummy feeling so fast, probably has to do with the rain we get here, that it's just gross - imo.
     
    10-29-2012, 10:33 AM
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I have heard people say that the leather allows some "give" which is better for the horse. That's the only reason I'm looking to switch.... otherwise I really do like nylon.
     
    10-29-2012, 10:37 AM
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Showing
My take on this is that the decision should be based on the type of cinch. If the cinch is reinforce with nylon webbing, then go with leather. If it's a string type cinch with a little give then nylon straps are ok. The horse does need that the cinching system have a little give.
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    10-29-2012, 10:40 AM
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Originally Posted by Saddlebag    
My take on this is that the decision should be based on the type of cinch. If the cinch is reinforce with nylon webbing, then go with leather. If it's a string type cinch with a little give then nylon straps are ok. The horse does need that the cinching system have a little give.
I'm using a Weaver Airflex with my Paint, so I'll probably switch the tie strap out for leather. For my QH, I'm using a mohair, so I'll probably stick with nylon.

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