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nikelodeon79 10-14-2012 03:40 PM

Air flex or Mohair?
 
I've searched and the consensus seems to be that people either like mohair string cinches or Weaver Air flex.

I do mostly "casual" riding and only about an hour at a time. I do trail ride occasionally, but I wouldn't go for over 2 hours at a time. My horse is starting training on Tuesday and we will be doing a lot of arena work. I'm going to be training in dressage, but will start in a Western saddle since my horse is green and that's what I most am comfortable in.

I used to use either felt cinches or the "waffle" type neoprene. I did like the waffle neoprene and didn't ever have issues with rubbing, but like I said I don't generally ride for hours at a time. I've always steered away from rope cinches because I don't really like that there's nothing in between the buckle and the horse. I found some neoprene buckle covers, but the covers plus the cinch really puts the price out there, and I still have a saddle pad to buy, as well.

So, mohair or airflex?

toosexy4myspotz 10-14-2012 03:51 PM

we ride for 6-8 hours at a time and hard workouts and we only use full mohair or alpaca and have never had any problems
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nikelodeon79 10-14-2012 04:05 PM

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Originally Posted by toosexy4myspotz (Post 1718888)
we ride for 6-8 hours at a time and hard workouts and we only use full mohair or alpaca and have never had any problems
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Do you use protectors our just the bare rings?
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tim62988 10-14-2012 04:33 PM

I have only used my air flex cinch a few times (only had the horse a month or so)

but the one ride was 6mile trail ride, next day was a 12-14mile trail ride and the air flex was awsome. a few of the other cinches were sitting on camp chairs around the fire drying, the air flex was in the trailer dry.

didn't rub, didn't cause my horse to sweat. for my horse at least it was a great buy.

COWCHICK77 10-14-2012 04:59 PM

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I have never used an Air Flex cinch so I can't give you an opinion on that.
I do use mohair cinches and I have never an issue with the rings causing problems. The ones I have had issues with the ones with the roller buckle (smart cinch?) It seemed like it was always pulling hide and hairout if I wasn't careful.

Joe4d 10-14-2012 05:14 PM

Ive never had rub problems on my walkers, UNTIL I used a weaver airflex girth.

toosexy4myspotz 10-14-2012 06:06 PM

the only time i ever use ring protectors is on a horse that has gotten way overweight and sometimes the buckles may pinch but other than that i have never had any rubbing or pinching. my spotted saddle mare has real sensitive skin and every other girth rubs her raw but she wears a 26" rope style classic equine mohair and has never been rubbed by it.
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toosexy4myspotz 10-14-2012 06:08 PM

i personally dislike most weaver products. to me they try to make people think things are easy and better but it really conflicts with my personal opinion of what is best or more appropriate
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nikelodeon79 10-14-2012 06:40 PM

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Originally Posted by COWCHICK77 (Post 1718953)
I have never used an Air Flex cinch so I can't give you an opinion on that.
I do use mohair cinches and I have never an issue with the rings causing problems. The ones I have had issues with the ones with the roller buckle (smart cinch?) It seemed like it was always pulling hide and hairout if I wasn't careful.

I can't seen to find any without that dang roller buckle...
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COWCHICK77 10-14-2012 06:52 PM

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I know its hard to find a good cinch, I am sure that the person that thought roller buckles were a good idea on a cinch obviously didn't ever ride a whole lot.

The tack store down the road has quite a few mohair cinches without roller buckles and come in a wide variety of lengths. Never paid much attention to the synthetic ones since I don't use them. But if you decide what you want and can't find it let me know, I might be able to help you out.


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