My new gelding Kubie has been ridden in a neoprene girth. I always thought those were bad, as they let the horse sweat up an ocean under them. For those who use neoprene cinches/girths, what do you like about them? Just the ease of cleaning? Also, do they tend to slip since they get so wet? Someone told me that some horses are allergic to them, so I have never purchased any.
Scotch has a mohair rope cinch, but I was told these are much easier to break and stretch out than other types of cinches. The reason I bought the rope one for him was because someone told me it was better because they don't sweat as much with them. I think I'd rather have my horses sweat than put us both in danger with a broken cinch...has this ever happened to anyone?
I also have a felt lined cinch, but it is impossible to clean, so I don't think I would get another one of those.
As far as saddle pads go, what type do you prefer? Kubie had two navajo blankets. I always thought you needed an actual pad for comfort--like an inch or so thick. I've seen neoprene pads, felt pads, and fleecy pads. What are the pros and cons of each? Why do you use what you use?
I look forward to reading all of your opinions.