Mohair vs. Synthetic Cinches: Which Is Better for Your Horse?

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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

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.

Synthetic Cinches

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.


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We are a small, family-owned business operating out of Dubois, Idaho, specializing in the creation of custom saddle trees and 100-percent mohair cinches. Here’s an introduction to us:


Joe grew up around horses and later got into ranching, working on various ranches as a cowboy. He was also a supervisor for a hospital pen in a feedlot for a while. He has always been interested in saddles and leatherwork, and he recently completed an apprenticeship for saddle tree making. He has a lovely wife, Ashley, and three beautiful children they are raising to love horses and livestock, just like them. 


Ashley begged and pleaded for a horse ever since she was a little girl, and she finally got one in her sophomore year of high school. She was able to learn English riding skills under some amazing trainers who helped her with jumping and flat work. She has done some work at race tracks where she learned proper feeding programs for working horses and how to doctor various equine injuries. Her husband, Joe, helped her fall in love with the western lifestyle as well. She has also taught herself the art of tying 100-percent mohair cinches, and she absolutely loves it!

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