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100% Mohair Cinches & Breast Collars

The World’s Finest 100% mohair cinches, handmade in the USA, all-natural, therapeutic 100% Mohair cinchas (cinches) fit our philosophical position of what is right for horses and mules.

Cincha cord is an 8-ply, 100% Mohair cord. The cord is hand laced onto stainless steel or brass flat buckles and rings. Mohair has been known for years to have the same therapeutic and comfort value as 100% wool felt.

5 Star uses FLAT BUCKLE HARDWARE, in STAINLESS STEEL or BRASS. We use the finest saddle hardware available. The FLAT HARDWARE keeps the horse’s flesh from “rolling over” and pinching as with roller and round hardware.


Why Use A Mohair Cincha? By Mike Easton

From the mountain tops of Mongolia and the plains of Argentina, the rolling hills of Scotland and the western ranges of America, hair based cinchas have been used for centuries. They were made from wool, mohair, camel hair, horse hair, leather and even human hair. However, over time riders and makers of tack learned that mohair was one of the strongest, softest, and most manageable of fibers to use to create the most durable and beautiful cinchas.

Then in the 1960s, about the same time synthetic saddle pads showed up on the market, so did synthetic cinches. They became the rage and were promoted on the basis of strength, ability to keep clean, cheaper and less cinch soring of the animal. Their popularity also eliminated the production of cord and in particular mohair cord cinchas.

As the informed rider began to notice how saddle soring issues were being reduced with correct saddle fit and wool based saddle pads; they then used this knowledge to transfer back to what happened to the old fashioned mohair cinchas. The dedicated equine enthusiast realized that newer is not always better. Slowly then the demand for mohair cinchas began to rise again.

Riders saw that mohair provided them with the same benefits of wool felt saddle pads. There was less cinch soring, no sweat galling, no strength deficit, kept the animal cooler and definitely nicer in appearance. They did find more issues with cleanliness maintenance, but saw much more total benefit with its use to ever consider synthetic type cinches.

5 Star cinchas maintains the same world class status with their cinch program as they do with their saddle pads. Using only the finest 8 ply mohair available, twisted with minimal tie breaks and consistent tensile strength, the cinchas are all hand tied by one of the most highly trained and experienced tiers. In the production of cinches they must all be hand tied to maintain the correct length during use and correct relax when not in use. Each cinch is then made individually as a piece of art that provides function and beauty. No other maker offers more colors of pure mohair, backed by 5 Star Equine Products’ service and quality.


Woven, Tied, and Tied Woven Cinch Descriptions

5 Star creates the best 100% Mohair Cinchas in 3 different types. Here is a brief description of each type:

1. Woven cinchas are 2 layers of mohair cord with woven in “bars”. They can be created in either the straight/cutter style or the roper style and have 30 or 31 strands. They have a leather latigo keeper on the off side. See pictures right:

2. Tied cinchas are the traditional flat cinchas with a single layer of mohair cord and can be created with 17, 19, or 21 strands. The 17 and 21 strands have the center “D” rings attached with nylon webbing. The 19 strand has “tied in” center “D” rings attached with mohair cord. Each cord is approximately 1/4 in width, so cinch width varies according to the number of strands. See picture below:


3. Tied-woven cinchas are a combination with tied ends and woven “bars”. They have either 30 or 31 strands and have a leather latigo keeper on the off side. They can only be created with mid bar style buckles, for example the ss9 or sb3.


How to determine your cinch size

Measure your horse from the center of the underside of his chest in the girth area. Bring the tape up to just below the widest part of his
ribcage (about 4” above and behind the elbow). Multiply this measurement by two and you will have a good idea of what size cinch your horse needs.

Our Cinch sizes are crafted in 2-inch increments. A horse between 12 and 14 hands would most likely need a 22 inch cinch, 14 – 15 hands would need a 24 or 26, depending on how deep-bodied he is from withers to center of girth (or how chubby!), and then 28-30 for more round horses in the 15 hand range and 32-34 for large 16 – 18 hand horses. It is rare for a horse to need a cinch longer than 34, unless they are extremely large in stature. A horse requiring a cinch under 20 would be very small, indeed.

The cinch is measured from the inside outer ring of the flat brass buckle, which will hug the horse, not be bulky and not press uncomfortably on the exterior abdominal veins*, which carry blood flow from areas of the abdomen to the heart and lungs.

Note: it is unwise to over-tighten your cinch, and your saddles should be well balanced and secure without doing so. Over-tightening the cinch is uncomfortable for your horse in the buckle/latigo area, plus puts undue pressure on the wither area. If you need to tighten more securely for extreme maneuvers such as cutting or roping, please do so for as short a time period as possible.

In our experience, a shorter girth will actually help with saddle “roll” more than a longer cinch will.

If you choose to use a cinch buckle “chafe” or cover, it is important to keep it clean of dried sweat and dirt, or it can be abrasive and cause cinch sores. 5 Star western cinches are woven of natural mohair, which cleans easily and should remain soft and comfortable to the horse. It is always important, of course, for the rider to make sure that the cinch is lying flat against the horse’s body and has no wrinkles or folds, and that the horse’s skin is not folded nor pinched anywhere!


Cinch Fit

Is your cinch the right size for your horse? When you un-saddle your horse after a ride, if you notice a swollen/puffy place where your western cinch ring was located, it’s not a good idea to ignore it, even if it goes away in a few minutes.

Swelling in the area along your horse’s side where your cinch buckle was located can be an indication that your cinch is too long for that horse and usually pulled too tight. Over tightening may be related to a saddle that does not fit the horse, or to a rider who braces hard in
the stirrups for balance and worries about horizontal “roll” of the saddle. This situation is detrimental to the horse as well as the rider and can result in sore backs for both, as well as damage to the “heart girth” area of the horse’s body. Behavioral problems in the horse are a natural phenomenon resulting from such discomfort.

Swelling can result from pressure on the exterior abdominal vein, which is a major vessel carrying blood to the heart and lungs. This vein follows a route from the abdomen along the outside of the rubs toward the shoulder, behind which it loops upward to pass behind the shoulder blade (scapula).

On the horse’s side, just behind the front leg, there is a flat area. The vein loops upward above this area, and that is where the cinch ring should be positioned. Positioning the hard cinch ring directly on top of the vein adds pressure that traps blood, stresses the vessels,
can harm the capillaries and result in bruising pressure damage to the soft tissue. 5 Star has an assortment of different brass and stainless steel buckles. They are flat backed to disburse pressure better than the round ring type. However they still need to be placed correctly, not directly on the major vein.

When roping or in extreme riding conditions, a cinch will need to be tightened to the extreme for longer than necessary. Even though the cinch may be of a correct size for the horse, the latigo crosses the external abdominal vein and can block blood flow to cause vascular damage and bruising of the muscles and soft tissue.

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