Cinch (Western Saddle Girth) has been used for several hundred years, mainly by hardworking cowherds in the United States. During the 17th and 18th centuries, Western Cinches were woven from a variety of materials. Horse hair was probably the first material used. The first Mexican Vaqueros thinned out the horses manes and tails to make Cinch. Californio Vaqueros had a special meaning, they were the beginning of the working cowboy we know today. When Texas was a cotton state, cotton was used as the main material.
At the beginning of the 19th century, the Angora goat industry came to Texas, and then the manufacture of Cinches in Mohair began. Mohair fibers made Cinch softer, stronger and longer lasting than its predecessors. Mohair is still the most popular material for making saddle girths in western riding. Mohair Cinch can withstand very tough riding and withstands wet, cold, dirt and sweat. The Mohair saddle girth helps to both warm and dissipate heat, and sweat cannot be dried to hard chafing in the Mohair Cinch.