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Hi I just bought a used roping saddle and need a front cinch.

Since it's a roper do I have to buy a roper cinch? I will be doing a bit of ranch work in this saddle.

Also, I keep seeing amount of strands advertised as well as materials used. What is best? I've seen rayon, alpaca, mohair ect Any recommended brands. I'm not trying to spend a fortune, already spent a pretty penny on the saddle. :p

Finally, what do you think would be a good avg size. I will be riding multiple horses in the same saddle so obviously there will be times my cinch just wont work but whats the best bet on a size that will work for most?

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No, you don't have to get a roper style cinch. (I prefer them, as they offer a bit more stability.)

I personally really like mohair. I have yet to try out alpaca, but I have felt one and it is not nearly as soft as my mohair cinch. They have good reviews though, so worth looking into.

The most common sizes I see are 30-32's.
 
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Thanks! What is the reason for recommending neoprene?

Does anyone recommend a brand? If I do go with a regular cinch is there a minimum amount of strands I should stick to?
 

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Neoprene is easy to clean, I would suggest going into a tack store and talking with someone there so you can look and feel them for yourself. This way you can also see how much your going to spend.
As for a size I would go with a 34" all my guys wear a 34 and my mare wears a 36. Pretty much everyone out this way uses a 34
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I personally go with mohair.

I hate neoprene. To me it seems to slide alot more and when your horse is cutting cows, having a squirrely saddle is a definite no go.
 

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Neoprene holds heat and causes friction = sored up horse. Some people swear by neoprene, but I've not liked what I've seen of it.
 

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Personally, I prefer mohair. Mine is a Weaver and it has a double layer of threads. It's not a roper but I would use one if you are going to be doing ranch work. Size depends on your horse(s). Here we go from a 32 to a 36.
 

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Never had an issue with my neoprene roping cinches rolling...and i rope alot of fresh steers of decent size.....And, actually since there is LESS friction not more they cause fewer sores.

The neoprene does move a bit due to the fact that it doesn't absorb the moisture...but not much.

The fact that it doesn't absorb the sweat is what I like about using one when I am going to be riding multiple horses...asking for infection if you put a wet mohair or other non-neoprene cinch on a different horse. Yes it won't let heat through, but it does let the heat out by allowing the sweat to run out...I live and ride in West TX -- most summer days are over 100 degrees, and the cinch areas on my horses that I use neoprene on are the same temp as the one's I use a mohair on.

The only time I would not use neoprene is if I was not going to be able to loosen the cinch for more than 2 or so hours...most of us don't have to worry about that.
 
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