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  • Do neoprene cinchas help with galls
  • Can you buy too short of a cinch

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    12-03-2010, 11:48 PM
Originally Posted by smrobs    
I am another supporter for Mohair. One thing that will help to prevent galls even when your cinch gets older is to wash it frequently. I use the power nozzle on my regular water hose to pressure wash most of the dirt and sweat away once every few days (but I ride a lot of horses every day), you may only need to do it once a month or so.

However, while mohair is great, this is actually my favorite cinch for the moment.
Professional's Choice - Western Products - RCM
It's the only one I have found so far that doesn't wear horrible galls on any of my young horses.

Along the lines of what Churum mentioned about the baby powder on the latigo. You might want to avoid leather latigo straps. They require more care and will often get sticky, making it almost impossible to get your cinch as tight as it needs to be. I will only use the nylon latigos. They last longer, require less care, and are cheaper to replace.
I use nylon latigo's, and I'm not saying that you are wrong or anything, but have you heard anything bad about them? I heard that they can dig into the side of your horse or rub them making them uncomfortable, although I have never seen this first hand.
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    12-03-2010, 11:57 PM
So long as your cinch is the correct length, then it shouldn't be a problem. I can imagine them putting too much pressure on the horse's sides if the cinch was way too short.

Unfortunately, that link is the only one I could find for that particular product. They must be discontinuing it or something to only offer them in a 26" length, that is too small for your average horse. I usually use a 30 or maybe a 28 if I am riding on a young or small horse.
    12-04-2010, 12:00 AM
Green Broke
If your saddle fits well and you use an appropriate saddle pad (not too thick, not too thin), then you don't have to make the cinch super tight. I prefer to ride my horse so they have a little breathing room, and I am not a light rider . My students ride the same way (on my lessons horses) and I make sure no one's girth is overly tight. Leather latigos and off-billets are definitely the way to go, for ease of tighening, grip, and a tad bit of "give" for the horse. I have one saddle with nylon and it is a PITA to change the cinch out or change holes on the off billet. The nylon is very stiff with sweat and use (it wasn't when it was new). I'd rather swipe it with some leather cleaer twice a year than have to remove it and wash/soak it.
    12-04-2010, 01:57 AM
I vote for Mohair string girth. The give, the flexibility and the way they wick water away from the horse. Wool is just the best material all around.
    12-04-2010, 10:53 AM
Thanks everyone, I have been looking at the mohair and they look nice, my neoprene gets wet and slippery just walking. I have to change it out anyway, I have a 28" from the aussie saddle I was riding, now I have a western and it is way too short. I have nylon straps, brand new, got them when I bought the saddle, didn't trust the old ones on it. Haven't had a problem with rubbing they really don't make much contact with my girl, may look into leather eventually.
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    12-04-2010, 11:22 PM
I have read this in the NRS catalog "To allow your horse to breathe and work better: If you use a nylon cinch, use a leather billet tie strap. If you use nylon billets, use a mohair cinch. This will allow enough give in your set up to avoid galling or cutting into your horse." With that said, my experience has been that neoprene cinches are easier to clean, and "stick" to your horse easier. If you shift your saddle a lot it can be easier to gall your horse with a neoprene cinch. They also trap sweat unlike mohair that is more breathable. In the end I have a lot of cinches in my tack shed, some neoprene and some mohair. If you know how to properly cinch up a horse it doesn't really matter which you use they will both get the job done.
    12-05-2010, 01:46 PM
I'm with Smrobs. I really prefer a fleece lined cinch. Although she uses the real deal marino wool, I've always used the cheaper types of fleece. I haven't had a problem with the fleece bunching or galling the horse. I have, upon occasion, had to trim the leading edge a bit when my horse found a bunch of sticktites on the trail...
    12-05-2010, 10:14 PM
I used a wool on a friends horse with her aussie saddle an it was a real pain in the brush, we have lots of different kinds of hitch hikers around here, but guess the mohair may be as bad, I'm sooo confused.I'll spend the winter thinking on it and use my different cinches, make my hubby cinch for me any more input will be welcome, I think I'll keep reading and looking around. Guess he'll have to choose a different xmas present.

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