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  • Horse allergies to girth
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    11-01-2011, 01:06 AM
Green Broke
I use felt/string...My horse is allergic to neoprene.
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    11-01-2011, 01:13 AM
Green Broke
My wife uses an air something cinch. It is white on the side to the horse and has big squares in it. It's like a rubber material. She loves it. I like the felt cinches. The rope ones seem to pinch and irritate the horse, in my opinion.
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    11-01-2011, 01:14 AM
I use neoprene myself and have never had a problem with it. I love how it cleans so easily. But I have known a few horses that are allergic to it and get bad hives from it.
    11-01-2011, 02:19 AM
Green Broke
My horse was so allergic(i even use a tacky pad with it) and she looked like she got attacked my bees..where all the tack was it had swelled up and you can see it for far away...I even had skid boots that had neoprene and it caused sores on her legs.
    11-01-2011, 03:20 AM
My trainer recently told me that neoprene in general tends to pinch and pull the hair, so he prefers felt, wool or sting. I personally have always used neoprene and never had a problem with it. So aside from allergies, I think its just whatever you prefer.
    11-01-2011, 09:27 AM
Originally Posted by Joe4d    
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 ?
I'll see if I can find a link.
    11-01-2011, 09:43 AM
Originally Posted by kevinshorses    
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.
Glad you know everyone so well.

I've seen some nasty girth galls from neoprene. Once sand gets in, it stays and scratches.

It truly depends on the horse. My main stays are mohair or hospital felt.
    11-01-2011, 10:17 AM
I don't like the rope cinches, I've had them rub before and really I'm too lazy (and busy) to clean the cinch after every ride. That said, I don't like the grippy cinches either- they DO rub and I've had nothing but bad luck with them. I adore my hand-me-down smooth neoprene girth, I've never had it slip, I've never seen it rub my mare, and all I do is wipe it down when it gets dirty. That thing is durable too, I can't remember what brand it is, but it's lasted through two generations of use and only has some rust on the buckle, and a couple chips out of the material.
The felt ones are okay, I've never had them cause sores, but again- I hate cleaning them I spend enough time cleaning saddles, kids, horses, and chore-work, I love cutting time when possible.
    11-01-2011, 10:26 AM
For cleaning felt, I just hang it up and hose it off. I don't try to get horse hair out of it, just sweat and grit. But then, southern Arizona is good for letting things dry fast outside.
    11-01-2011, 10:56 AM
I prefer the mohair string cinch but I brush it off each time before a ride to get the hair and dried sweat off. I'll use a neoprene cinch from time to time if I've washed my mohair and it hasn't dried yet.

What I won't use is a neoprene pad.

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