Hello, I'm a greenhorn rider. Bought my horse 2 years ago after having not ridden in several years. I grew up with horses and as an adult often rented for the day, lessons, or seasonal lease off and on for about 20 years. As a child/teenager, I was lucky that my grandparents took care of the horses and all I did was ride. I learned to ride western and prefer trail riding. Now I own a lovely buckskin quarterhorse gelding and am relearning to ride again without an instructor - which are hard to come by in my locality.
I've been using a fleece girth with guards, yet after 2 years it has given away a bit and recently caused a few sores behind his elbows, which luckily healed w/in a week. I've been told a mohair girth is best. Thus I ordered a really nice 31 strand, 100% mohair girth made by Classic Equine, 32 inches, with stainless steel roller buckles. I've only used in 2X and it has pinched my horse on the "on" side. Also, cannot seem to get the cinch perfectly centered - where the center "D" is centered on his belly.
Could I be doing something wrong with regards to alignment and tightening the cinch?
Would using leather cinch guards with fleece lining help? Weaver Leather makes them and sales in pairs. I imaging I should use them on both sides?
Many thanks, I'd appreciate ya'lls advice.