Do the mohair products stretch?
- One of the valuable properties of mohair is that while it is very strong, it does have some give to it. This elasticity helps the horse to be more comfortable and breath easier when the cinch is tight. All of our cinches are stretched on a loom to the size that was ordered when they are constructed. Once they come off the loom, they are about an inch shorter in length, however they will stretch back to the original size when in use on the horse.
My horse is cinchy, will a mohair cinch help?
- It is our belief that horses find natural fibers to be more comfortable against their skin. A horse that is already cinchy may not always get better about it with time. Sometimes a cinchy horse will also a physical issue like an ulcer or ribs/vertebrae out of place that is a contributing factor as well or is being ridden with a saddle that does not fit the horse well. It helps to tighten the cinch in stages, not pulling it all up at once. Tighten the cinch a bit, walk the horse around, tighten, walk, tighten, etc. This helps with horses who blow up with air when you cinch them as well. One good rule of thumb is to never tighten a cinch while the horse is tied, just a good safety practice. Also, remember to get off and tighten your horses cinch periodically while riding.
How big of a cinch do I need?
- A cinch is measured from the top of the buckle on one side to the top of the buckle on the other side. They come in even measurements. K Heart Tack makes cinches as small as 18" or as large as 42".
- There are several different schools of thought on this subject. In large part, the decision of what length of cinch you want comes down to personal preference. Riders who use the same saddle on different sized horses often try to get a cinch which is in between the range of sizes of their horses.
How do I measure my horse for a cinch?
- The easiest way to measure your horse is to take a string and have someone hold the end on the off side of the horse where you want the top of the cinch buckle to be positioned at. Then pull the string under the belly on the near side of the horse (as you would a cinch) and mark the string where you want the top of the cinch buckle to be. Then take the string and lay it against a measuring tape or ruler to see how long it is. A ruler for sewing works wonderfully for this as well. Cinches are measured in inches and come in even sized increments. For example, if your horse measures a 33, you will have to determine whether you want to round up an inch to a 34 or down an inch to a 32.
How are your breast collars sized?
- Our breast collars are designed to fit an average sized horse. There are some individual horses and breeds which are smaller through the shoulders than others and this may affect fit. We do offer extra long uptugs on the breast collars if you have a very large horse. Please specify if extra long uptugs are needed in the comments when ordering.
Do the colors bleed?
- None of our standard color choices bleed.
What kind of hardware choices are there?
- We only use stainless steel or solid brass hardware to ensure our mohair products are the best quality they can be. Brass absolutely does not rust which makes it ideal for cinch buckles. The chromium content in stainless steel is what makes it resistant to rust. There is a thin (not visible to the eye) layer of chromium oxide that forms on the surface of stainless steel which stops corrosion. Stainless steel is durable and long lasting.
Do you put shoofly's on your cinches?
- I do not attach shoofly's to my cinches. Instead, if you like riding with a shoofly, I recommend hanging it on the keeper between your front and back cinches. That way you can remove it if needed and you totally avoid the problem of mud sticking to your shoofly and ruining it, which is a common problem in the gumbo we have around here.