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Re: RC: cinch galls

I haven't used neoprene, but a friend's mare has problems with galling
becasue of a very short girth area and wide barrel.  The only thing that has
worked for her is the Sports Saddle girth that Teddy from Running Bear
makes.  It's 2 strips of nylon so it isn't as still.  I don't know what type
of saddle your friend's daughter is riding in, but if it's Western or
endurance the SS one would work, and if English or dressage I'm sure Teddy
could make one similar, if it sounds like something she'd like to try.
S. Willis wrote:

> Has anyone out there used neoprene cinches? I need some immediate
> feedback on them as my riding companion is thinking about buying one for
> her daughters arab mare. The mare is 14 years old and is normally ridden
> with string girth. The felt or cordura/felt lined ones gall her
> everytime she is ridden with one, no matter what the distance.  It seems
> that the string girth is able to roll up a bit, narrowing the width of
> it. But even that galls her after thirty miles or so. This mare is
> rather round, and has an excess of skin in the elbow area, which is
> where the galling appears. On one ride we had to centerfire the saddle
> so we could continue. This was on a vacation ride, not an AERC ride. We
> were a day's ride from the trailhead.
> Thanks in advance!
> Susan

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