Grayshell- One of the horses at camp had a "Smart Cinch" like that and it got so so so gross when that mare would sweat. We would go out of our way to not be the one to tack/untack her because of that nasty, smelly, cinch... So I'm a little put off them. LOL!
Also, is that saddle on Thelma a...older Simco, I think? I'm pretty sure that's basically the twin to the saddle I rode Lacey in all last summer at camp! Too funny!
Thanks for the suggestions, both of you! I really appreciate it!
Before I checked back here (silly me!) I ended up buying a "100% cotton" string cinch for $15 and free shipping, I figure it'd be hard to beat that! haha
It does have those roller things on the ends (I'm not a fan of those either) but maybe it'll help me cinch Lacey up more smoothly... We'll see, I guess!
I wish I had known that about roper cinches! Darn. Maybe next time because I sure do need as much saddle stability as possible with little Miss Ima Wide Wide Horse.
I do try to keep my cinches pretty clean (during the summer I wash them about once every two weeks, more if they get nasty looking) so hopefully I won't have issues with galling.
Actually, the only times Lacey's ever gotten galled by a cinch were when she was wearing a felt one (hate those!) for not even 3 hours and when I first got her the fleece one I have now. I need to cycle the fleece one out at some point (because it still does like to gall her if she's ridden in it too much), maybe when I get a roper style string cinch!