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post #1 of 10 Old 10-13-2011, 11:53 PM Thread Starter
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what type of girth do you recommend?

I have always used a fleece girth but lately some horse friends have been telling me that neoprene girths are better. I am in the market for a new girth for my horse and want to get him the most comfortable one for him. What do you recommend? He rides western.
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post #2 of 10 Old 10-14-2011, 12:19 AM
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I personally like these
a little pricey but worth it.

AirFlex Western Cinch - Weaver Leather - Weaver Leather
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post #3 of 10 Old 10-14-2011, 12:22 AM
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If your latigo and off-billet are leather, you should use a neoprene cinch. If your latigo and off-billet are nylon, you should use a many-stranded rope cinch with natural fibers (mohair/alpaca).
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my off billet is leather and my latigo is nylon.........what difference does it make to the girth if I use nylon or leather??
post #5 of 10 Old 10-14-2011, 12:36 AM
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Stretching of natural fibers--they have give. Synthetic fibers don't.
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Nylon stretches also, I never liked neoprene girths, even the so called air grip, they seam to always slip and feel loose.
For western I use a felt smartcinch, for aussie I use either felt or fire hose canvas with a fleece cover.
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post #7 of 10 Old 10-14-2011, 09:46 AM
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I don't care for neoprene, either. Well, my horse doesn't. In a bucking, freakout way. :p

I like a nice felt smartcinch.

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post #8 of 10 Old 10-15-2011, 10:21 AM
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I like the smooth, soft neoprene. It's what I've pretty much always used.

I don't like the grippy, sticky stuff (Pro Choice). Or, my horse doesn't rather.

I like fleece for my english, but for western show purposes, fleece is too bulky and obvious in the pleasure ring.
If you already know your horse is fine in fleece, then why change? See if one of your friends neoprene girths fit your horse, and see how he does in one if you can.

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post #9 of 10 Old 10-15-2011, 12:22 PM Thread Starter
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thanks to everyone for all the advice. It really seems to be a matter of personal taste. My horse does ok with the fleece girth I use I just thought that perhaps there were better products on the market. My friends are using the professional choice smx neoprene girth but it is kind of pricey so maybe I will just stick with what I have always used and know that my horse is ok with.
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Definitely a matter of personal taste, for both horse and rider.

I find that my horses sweat a heap under a neoprene cinch. Besides that, they tend to slip on short summer coats. I generally steer clear of neoprene/rubbery/plasticky girths and cinches, as well as the tacky/rubbery saddle pads.

I like a mohair/fiber cinch with my western saddle. It seems to breathe a lot better than about anything else. I found one with the SmartCinch buckle, and snapped it up. It's getting to the point that it should be replaced... I may cry if I can't find another one like it...

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