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    07-19-2013, 01:55 AM
  #31
Weanling
Some examples.


The top is mohair the bottom one is actually yak
     
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    07-19-2013, 02:27 AM
  #32
Started
^^^^^^ Holy cow! That's gorgeeeeeous!

I like mohair the best.
     
    07-19-2013, 02:40 AM
  #33
Trained
10 years ago I went out and bought all neoprene... Pads, girths, all high quality when it was "in".
So far haven't had a problem and I used them HARD. Only had one small gall on one horse, but I hate how they don't breathe.

Still trying to wear them out, darn things still look brand new! When they do I'm going back to a felt pad and mohair.
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    07-19-2013, 03:49 AM
  #34
Weanling
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Originally Posted by Dustbunny    
^^^^^^ Holy cow! That's gorgeeeeeous!

I like mohair the best.
Thanks!
I like mohair best too. I just asked myself which would I rather have next to my skin all day in the hot texas sun, a soft natural fiber ....or a wetsuit?
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    07-19-2013, 08:17 AM
  #35
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by phantomhorse13    
You don't want the girth to stretch? Do you mean long term because it wears the girth faster or short term because you don't want the saddle to loosen (or maybe even both)?
No, I don't want to constantly be getting off and tightening the cinch. I want a cinch that has no stretch and no relaxation. Cotton is an example of a material that will give overtime and stretch when under stress.
     
    07-19-2013, 11:04 PM
  #36
Foal
There is a reason that every outfitter I have worked with uses the same cinches...mohair or soft fiber strand. They don't gall horses like neoprene...Yuck, I hate them. There are some nice looking ones out there that work great, even on long trail rides, but use one day in and day out in the mountains and I willalmost guarantee it will end up giving a sore. Strand are easy to clean, you don't have to suck the wind out of the horse to keep it in place and they last a long time. If neoprene were the best choice for long rides, every outfitter camp would be full of them.

Cheers.
Les
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    07-24-2013, 08:29 PM
  #37
Weanling
Thought I'd weigh in here.

Years ago, my mother bought herself a nice neoprene cinch, because she thought it looked like it would be more comfortable to the horse. Nice and wide and padded and soft.

I started using her horse and saddle for some pack trips while I was in college and couldn't keep a horse and gear. Found the neoprene almost always left galls on the armpits of the horse during a long trip. Went back to string cinchas (mohair) and never had the problem again.

Neoprene is great for eventing or an afternoon of easy trails, but for putting mileage on a horse they just don't do well. Most people buy them (like my mom) because they look soft and cushy. Fact is, they don't breathe, they hold heat, cause the horse to sweat, then the sweat against the neoprene causes rubs and galls. I've had the same experience with the heavy felt cinchas.

A mohair string cinch breathes, sheds water, dries quickly, does not hold heat against the horse. Yes, they stretch a little when new, but not so much after they've had a few miles put on them. I've never noticed any trouble from the stretching. I tend to ride with a loose cinch anyway, but every time I take a break I loosen the cinch, then re-tighten it before I re-mount.

One caveat for string cinchas - for long rides, stay away from the wide "roper" cinchas. They can rub under the armpits on some horses, particularly with a full or 7/8 rigging. They also often have leather keepers in the middle that can cause galling after getting wet and drying a few times. The straight cinchas are better for long trails. This is one thing where cheaper is actually better!

I have observed that a lot of folks ride with too tight a cinch, and it makes horses "cinchy". If your saddle fits and you don't use too much pad, and you are a balanced rider...and your horse has withers...you really don't need the cinch very tight. If you can't mount the horse without your saddle turning, you might need to adjust your mounting technique.

I once had a mustang that was so barrel-chested that I had to use a breeching (butt strap) on him when I took him into the mountains. Before I learned that lesson, I was coming down a sidehill once and the saddle slid right over his withers and up onto his neck. Lucky for me he was a pretty calm horse. Could've pitched me right over his head and down the hill!
     
    07-29-2013, 02:13 PM
  #38
Foal
Okay, so I'm looking at getting a mohair one to try. I want it short (about 26" total length as I already use a neoprene and I think its a bit long at 28" as it almost reaches my saddle flaps) and I want the buckles leather and the backs real fleece lined. Where can I find one like this? And no leather in the middle, but I do need d-rings to attach breastplate and rear cinch if wanted.
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    07-29-2013, 02:59 PM
  #39
Green Broke
Don't think Mohair comes fleece lined. I could be wrong.
     
    07-29-2013, 10:24 PM
  #40
Foal
No no, the back of the buckles with leather behind them and fleece on the back of that so that everything is comfy on the horse. :)
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