When searching for the right cinch for your horse, you are likely to come across different types of materials. While price might be your main consideration, it is even more important to examine the quality of the materials and the product. Here is what every rider should know when comparing all-natural mohair cinches with synthetic cinches.
Mohair cinches have many benefits, starting with the fact that they are all-natural and light weight. Mohair comes from the wool of the Angoran goat. This wool is soft and does not irritate equine skin – or human skin, for that matter – the way that other fibers and wool do. Mohair happens to be one of the most durable animal fibers that can withstand all sorts of twisting and bending without suffering damage or compromising its strength. In addition, a mohair cinch will resist stretching, sagging, and wrinkling thanks to its elasticity.
The only main drawback to a custom mohair cinch is that it might be a little harder to clean. However, keep in mind that these fibers stay cleaner on their own by naturally wicking away moisture and resisting odors.
Many riders might find synthetic cinches tempting because they seem so affordable. Price is probably the main benefit to choosing to go with synthetic. These types of cinches are often made from nylon or plant fibers like rayon and cotton. Because they are synthetic, people or equines sensitive to animal fibers might benefit from them.
However, there are quite a few drawbacks to using synthetic cinches. These cinches are often quite stiff, and the material attracts dust and particles, meaning they get dirtier faster. Synthetic cinches and tack are also less durable, causing them to break down and apart quicker.
The Choice Is Up to You
Ultimately, only you can decide which type of cinch will work for you and your horse. At Camas Creek Saddle Tree & Cinch, we offer a variety of 100% mohair cinches in different designs. Do you have a special design or color in mind? Talk to us! We also make custom saddle trees. Contact us about an order today, or visit us on our Facebook page.