A little about me:
I am a stay at home mom with two beautiful kids and a wonderful and supportive husband. We live in the small city of Black River Falls, WI. I made my first girth in June of 2012 and quickly found a love for it.
More about what I do:
I hand make each girth and cinch with special attention paid to each cord. If the tension is off on even one cord, it could cause discomfort, pain, and may even lead to sores. Any cinches and girths that have cords that look looser, or a few cords that look overly tight in comparison to the rest, are ones to stay away from. A few looser or overly tight strands will cause uneven pressure on the very sensitive girth area of your equine. Below is an example of this.
In addition to proper cord tension, I don't use nylon to attach the d-rings, or for the support needed for wider cinches and girths. I instead weave in the d-rings and hand-stitch a thick piece of leather to the outside of the girth or cinch. This prevents the wider cinches from bunching, while also keeping everything as smooth and comfortable as possible against the horse.
Any pictures found on this page are for educational purposes only. My intention is not to belittle someone else's work, I only seek to educate with the examples.
Up here in the upper left, there is a cord that crosses over another.
Down here In the whole lower half, the cords are all baggy and loose in the center, and tight on the edges. This would put very uneven pressure when tightened up. The outermost cords would end up with the majority of the pressure. They would dig into the rather sensitive cinch area.
Over the entire cinch, the whole thing is crooked. The right side is pulled tighter than the left. This would put even more pressure on these cords as it is tightened up.
How to tell if something is not actual mohair:
Check the listing or ad, chances are if it doesn't say it is 100% mohair it isn't. It is unlikely that someone would not want to have it somewhere. You can always ask what the percentage of real mohair is as well.
Another test is to look for obvious markers. If you see something melted (see picture below) it is no where near 100% mohair. Mohair burns, wool burns, neither sustain fire. Nylon and other synthetics melt. Cotton burns and sustains fire.
The end of the cord here is loose and melted. With real mohair, it would not be loose, because it would be buried in the weave or larks head knots, depending on the style.
It would also not be melted because real mohair doesn't melt, it burns.
Handmade in Black River Falls, WI by me.
Contact me at: firstname.lastname@example.org