Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Weaver Smart Cinch

With being more active in the summer months and switching over to more grass and less alfalfa, Lostine has been slimming down. Her old cinch was getting too long, so I invested in a Weaver Smart Cinch that is 4-inches shorter than her other cinch.

It's is basically a flat, neoprene cinch with nylon and felt lining that has rollers on the bars on the dees. I have a leather cinch strap and it just slid right through that buckle like butter. Since Lostine gets irritable if I tighten her cinch too quickly, I was careful not to get too carried away with pulling it tight just because I could. I still tightened the cinch a little bit at a time, but the roller design did make it go much smoother without the fuss of tugging and pulling the various levels of wrapped strap. In fact, if needed, I'm sure I could even tighten the cinch from the saddle with this smooth roller system.

12 comments:

fernvalley01 said...

I have never used a neoprene cinch ,it looks like it would protect her nicely. Do you use those on all 3?

Nuzzling Muzzles said...

I use Neoprene cinches on all horses. I tried a cinch with wool lining once, and it took forever to pick all the thorns and burrs out of it once it touched the ground.

Katharine Swan said...

You ride Western, right? It hadn't ever occurred to me until yesterday that a Western cinch would be difficult to adjust from the saddle. I adjusted my girth while the horses were grazing on our trail ride (Panama has slimmed down some too, apparently), and one of the other riders commented about how that was the advantage to riding English -- being able to do that. I was startled, but of course, she's right -- it would be awfully hard to do in a Western saddle, unless you had something like your new cinch!

Reddunappy said...

I love my neoprene cinches!! they are so nice, Weavers roller buckles are pretty cool too!
I am do to replace mine, they are getting some cracks, but I have had them for a long time. I will probably buy these too.
I always used string cinchas before the neoprene. I have never used felt, I have seen to many horses sored by the felt, and like you said they hold the burs and seeds.

Sydney_bitless said...

I love neoprene it's all I would use unless I had to have a horse with a sheepskin cinch. Cleans easy and is nice. However I love the smart cinch roller buckle I am particular to the elastic of the professionals choice. Elastic on my girths/cinches is essential to me.

lytha said...

i love neoprene - so soft and so clean (and i love black) but i always have to go back to wool cuz the horses would eventually get burns from the neoprene. i hope it works well for you!

i thought of you tonight because i'm wondering how your heirarchy switching is doing with your horses. a while back you mentioned you were taking efforts to mix it up in your herd. how is that working? cuz now i'm working on somthing similar. not trying to switch the horse's places, but trying to make the alpha keep his distance from baasha by imposing myself.

curious,
lytha

Johara said...

I can't use neoprene, my arab mare is allergic / sensitive to it. As boots, it's okay, just have to really wash her down after I take them off. But as a cinch, ouchy - it gives her nasty nasty sores behind the elbows. I switched to using one of those really thick heavy fleece roper girths and we had no more girth issues. I'm at work, so can't say for sure, but this one looks just like it.

http://hought.com/50_955RW-roper.jpg

Once Upon an Equine said...

I use the same cinch on Misty. I do like the roller system. And it is easy to tighten from the saddle, if you must make a quick adjustment.

Jeni said...

Hi NuzzMuzz, I saw that same cinch in a tack store and was amazed by it. How easy would it be to over tighten though?

Breathe said...

I have one of these and one regular one. Guess which one we fight over. :)

Anonymous said...

I had soring issues with neoprene, too, and cleaning after each use didn't help at all, either. Some of our horses can't tolerate neoprene boots, either. I use the heavy string roper cinches. I tighten my cinch from the saddle almost every ride - no roller buckles needed. I guess I don't understand the problem some have with doing it?

Looks like a great cinch if neoprene is okay for your horse. I can see the roller buckle would be great for kids or adults lacking the strength to pull the cinch tight enough otherwise. I would probably overtighten it, though!

Laughing Orca Ranch said...

I love the neoprene cinch, too. I have a professional's choice neoprene...and I think, it has that same roller buckle, too. It's very easy to tighten up with one hand, though I've yet to try doing it from the saddle. I bet I could though. lol!

I think I might try the Weaver next time. It's cheaper than the PC brand, right?


~Lisa