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  • Mohair cinch vs. neoprene
  • Mohair cinch vs neoprene

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    12-25-2011, 01:28 PM
  #41
Foal
I also use a neoprene pad and girth, without problem. I prefer that combo, I've only had it sore one horse on which I used my wool pad and mohair cinch. I prefer neoprene as mohair plus my leather latigo gives alot of give
     
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    12-25-2011, 02:12 PM
  #42
Trained
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Originally Posted by COWCHICK77    
When those neoprenes got popular I let someone at a tack shop talk me into buying one, I used it once, left a bunch of sores and I promptly cut it up and threw it away! Lol. I don't like wearing plastic clothes so I can't imagine using plastic tack. Lol
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Some neoprene is rubbery and some is a slicker plasticy neoprene. I don't use the rubbery kind but the slicker smoother kind is okay.
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    12-26-2011, 08:11 AM
  #43
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Originally Posted by kevinshorses    
Some neoprene is rubbery and some is a slicker plasticy neoprene. I don't use the rubbery kind but the slicker smoother kind is okay.
I guess I have never noticed the difference in the textures
     
    12-26-2011, 10:15 PM
  #44
Trained
I was going to buy one of the Wonder Pads but I noticed the bottom was real rubbery and I thought there ws a good chance that it wouldn't have enough slip and would sore my horses so I bought a Mustang brand synthetic pad because it doesn't have much "grip". Same with the cinches. The cheaper ones have less grip than the high dollar ones do.
     
    12-26-2011, 10:32 PM
  #45
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Originally Posted by kevinshorses    
I was going to buy one of the Wonder Pads but I noticed the bottom was real rubbery and I thought there ws a good chance that it wouldn't have enough slip and would sore my horses so I bought a Mustang brand synthetic pad because it doesn't have much "grip". Same with the cinches. The cheaper ones have less grip than the high dollar ones do.
So what is the theory behind using neoprene rather than traditional mohair or wool? It just seems to me that the plastic traps the heat and would burn the skin. Even with a wool pad which known for cooling and wicking , on a hot day if I have the opportunity I will uncinch and lift my saddle and pad to cool the back. Is there something I am not aware of?
     
    12-27-2011, 06:10 AM
  #46
Trained
I started using the neoprene because I was crossing a river a lot and my cinches were getting trashed and also because they were dirty my horses developed a fungus that sored them. Once I switched to the neoprene I could wipe it off and spray it with a little clorox water and not hve any fungus. The neoprene pad I use has holes along the bck that allow heat to escape. I also try to stop and unsaddle or at lest lift my saddle and cool the back once in a while. I think I had more problems with friction soring my horses than heat. A little sweat on the neoprene reduces friction a bunch.
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    12-27-2011, 08:15 AM
  #47
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I've used all kinds of cinches & pads over the years. Most of my rides are less than 2 hours now so the neoprene works well as it cleans so easily. But I have others avaliable if there is some kind of problem. Keeping if clean & keeping the sand away really helps.
     
    12-27-2011, 08:22 AM
  #48
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Originally Posted by kevinshorses    
I started using the neoprene because I was crossing a river a lot and my cinches were getting trashed and also because they were dirty my horses developed a fungus that sored them. Once I switched to the neoprene I could wipe it off and spray it with a little clorox water and not hve any fungus. The neoprene pad I use has holes along the bck that allow heat to escape. I also try to stop and unsaddle or at lest lift my saddle and cool the back once in a while. I think I had more problems with friction soring my horses than heat. A little sweat on the neoprene reduces friction a bunch.
Oh Ok, I guess I never really knew the porpose of the neoprene! Had a crappy experience and banished it forever from my tackroom! Lol
     

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