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post #1 of 12 Old 03-27-2020, 09:54 AM Thread Starter
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cinches information


I’d like to buy a cinche for outside horse rides only.
For information I live in a rainy countryside.

Wich one do you think would be best : mohair or neoprene ?

Do you have a specific model you would recommend for me on this selection ?

Thanks for your help.
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post #2 of 12 Old 03-27-2020, 10:18 AM
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I prefer mohair over neoprene. Neoprene tends to hold heat which can façilitate skin/soft tissue breakdown.

Of mohair cinches, I have some that are the wider roper style, and others that are the same width all the way across. I choose based on the placement of the cinch rings/plate on the saddle, the terrain of where we'll be riding, and the shape of the horse.

I keep several lengths on hand, having a couple for even for my personal horse because his girth changes with his work load.
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post #3 of 12 Old 03-27-2020, 10:23 AM
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Mohair. I've never had a good one gall a horse. They clean up easily and last forever.
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post #4 of 12 Old 03-27-2020, 11:15 AM
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I use both! For me, I don't really find a difference and my horses don't seem to have a preference.
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post #5 of 12 Old 03-27-2020, 11:52 AM
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For a western saddle the mohair would be my choice.

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post #6 of 12 Old 03-27-2020, 12:49 PM
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My boys really like their Weaver Leather "Airflex Smart Cinch". We use the "Roper" style:
We used the Weaver Leather Mohair Smart Cinch before the Airflex model was introduced, and while they were nice cinches, they seemed to lose a lot of their softness after a couple of seasons / many washings. And they do require a detailed soap and water washing several times a season; they get icky with hair and sweat, and are not particularly easy to get clean.
I was at the tack store to get a new one for my big horse Oily, saw the Airflex model, and decided to give it a try. It worked out so well that I bought another one for Georgie. We have been using those same cinches for the past what?, maybe five or six seasons, and they still look like new after a quick hose-down.
I will comment that this cinch seems to be a popular choice in this part of the country; I see a lot of them out on the trail. They are a bit expensive, but they last.

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post #7 of 12 Old 03-27-2020, 06:43 PM
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I ride endurance-style and use a mohair girth on my english saddle. You do hear bad stories about girth galls and scalds with neoprene but I never heard any about mohair.

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post #8 of 12 Old 03-31-2020, 07:01 AM
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I personally use mohair, but it does not dry well in a humid climate. I recently met some horsemen from Florida that make their cinches from para-cord. They do this because the para-cord dry’s quick & holds up well in that wet, humid climate. It might be something to try & there are several youtube videos on how to weave cinches.
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post #9 of 12 Old 03-31-2020, 08:48 PM
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I prefer a simple 17 strand mohair. I find them at Outfitters Supply out of Montana.
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post #10 of 12 Old 04-01-2020, 04:25 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you everyone for your detailed answers ! they helped !
I'll choose mohair then, according to your answers :)
thanks again,
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