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post #1 of 48 Old 10-31-2011, 11:21 PM Thread Starter
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Cinch question? Neoprene vs string?

Back in the day, I know every one used the string/rope cinchs. But now everyone seems to use the neoprene ones. Is there a noticeable difference?

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post #2 of 48 Old 10-31-2011, 11:24 PM
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Most cinch sores are caused or at least aggrivated by bacteria. Neoprene cinches are much easier to keep clean.

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I remember hearing that now. When I got my pony several years ago, the tack store set up with a neoprene one, but I couldn't remember why or if there was a significant reason.

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Some Pro Choice cinches I've seen/used are very grippy, so I could easily see that as a reason.
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post #5 of 48 Old 10-31-2011, 11:32 PM
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I hate neoprene cinches. My friend's horses always stink so bad with the sweat dripping out from under the neoprene. And one horse (a friends, not mine) used to gall really bad with neoprene. So I have never had the urge to buy one.

I like mohair (or alpaca) myself. Soft, strong, breathable, natural fibers.

To clean periodically wash it out in a bucket of water right after you take it off the horse. It will rinse easily and then hang to dry. No problem with dirty smelly cinches.
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Heat gets trapped under a neoprene cinch which can cause the horse's skin to start breaking down. The mohair multistrand cinch is one of the best to use. The wool wicks moisture away, the strands allow a little air next to the skin and it provides good crip.
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I ride 8 hours per day every day in mountains and desert and all I use are neoprene cinches. They will not make the horses skin break down. When the horse sweats the sweat acts as a lubricant and lets the skin slide a little which keeps it from getting friction sores.

There are very few people on this forum that ride horses harder than I do and neoprene works well for me.
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Each to their own, I prefer a mohair cinch myself I don't like neoprene much.
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Golly. My horses seem happiest with felt. They do OK with string. The neoprene seems to annoy them, but I don't know why.
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I ride 8 hours per day every day in mountains and desert and all I use are neoprene cinches. They will not make the horses skin break down. When the horse sweats the sweat acts as a lubricant and lets the skin slide a little which keeps it from getting friction sores.

There are very few people on this forum that ride horses harder than I do and neoprene works well for me.
can you post a link or pic of what you mean? I have the ones that are some kind of waffle weave neoprene, I have head they grip to much and can cause sores, or are you using the smooth looks like a wetsuit type material ?
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