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Cinch question? Neoprene vs string?

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  • Is a rope cinch good for my horse
  • Are string cinches hard to keep clean

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    11-01-2011, 11:22 AM
  #21
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Originally Posted by iridehorses    

What I won't use is a neoprene pad.
Agreed, I used to use one once because it matched my saddle perfectly, fit good, and matched the horse pretty dang good too. I didn't know any better until the neoprene had rubbed several nice marks into my poor mare. I stick with wool/nice fluffy thick fabric from now on.
     
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    11-01-2011, 12:39 PM
  #22
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I use a rope girth but I made a girth cover with felt and another with wool(knitted tightly) to cover the entire belly. The covers hold the ropes in place so it can't pinch and it makes it easy to clean. Take off the cover and put it in a bucket of water and hang dry.
I personally don't like the neoprene they seem to cause rashes on all my horses. :(
     
    11-01-2011, 12:52 PM
  #23
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Originally Posted by usandpets    
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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Air Flex is what your thinking of. I have one, and I'll never go back! When I still had sonador I noticed that she even moved beter with the air flex then felt or rope. It cleans off really easy 2! I got the roper with the smart buckle. I don't have a horse any more but I still have the cinch!
     
    11-01-2011, 01:38 PM
  #24
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This is one of the cinches I use Saddles Tack Horse Supplies - ChickSaddlery.com Mustang Pro-X Neoprene Cinch

I also use a neoprene saddle pad that I'm very happy with. I used to use wool pads but I think they caused too much friction during a long day and sored my horses. The neoprene self-lubricates and reduces friction. It's not exactly the same but very similar to the one linked below.

Contour Pedic Saddle Pad Equibrand (Equine - Supplies Tack - Saddle Accessories - Pads)
     
    11-01-2011, 01:39 PM
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That's pretty much the one I use, no the same brand, but the same basic design and function. Like I already said- loved it and lasted a dang long time.
     
    11-01-2011, 06:19 PM
  #26
Trained
I really depends on the horse for me. I have several differant cinches. My barrel mare has always done great with a neoprene cinch, but I had a little palomino filly who would ALWAYS get sores with any kind of neoprene touching her skin. It didn't matter if it was a pad, cinch, boot, blanket, etc. So I used alpaca string on her. But I had another who just seemed to really like wool cinches.

To each horse his own preference.
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    11-01-2011, 07:01 PM
  #27
Weanling
Neoprene is easier to clean, easier to keep clean and less likely to break or dry rot.
     
    11-01-2011, 10:38 PM
  #28
Weanling
Thanks for the tips/tidbits everyone! Doesn't make my deciding which one to get any easier, but its good to know string/hair isn't out of 'style'. LOL :)
     
    11-02-2011, 01:18 AM
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I have used both, my 2 saddles now have neoprene but my one mare just discovered is sensitive to it,so i'll have to use the mohair cinch on her,hasn't had a problem with that.
     
    11-02-2011, 11:33 PM
  #30
Foal
I personally like my string cinches. They have just a bit of give in them, where neoprene doesn't. Those fluffy wool cinches seem to like to slip and I don't even own one. Sister's three year old, which she works hard in the feedlot and out, at work(over 2800 cows, meaning lots of miles) would sore with her one neoprene cinch, she bought a Justin cinch- big thick felt, with kinda a neoprene bottom, and he is doing well on that one. I have never had a problem with anything soring from my rope cinches. My old guy sores from neoprene too, and that's one of the reasons I got away from it years ago. That being said, I did buy myself a neoprene a couple years ago and it has been a really good cinch.

I think it depends more on quality rather then material. A badly made rope cinch is just as bad as a crappy neoprene cinch. I would recommend either a mohair string cinch ( personal fave) or a good quality neoprene. Just depends what you do with your horse.
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