I've decided to save my nice leather girths for show and get a couple of schooling girths. I'd like something that's easy to care for and keep clean, comfortable for the horse, durable, and good quality with good hardware on it (no chrome plated hardware or anything that rusts, corrodes, or breaks easily). I've looked at fleece girths, an older used gel girth (the only one of its kind I've found), neoprene girths, and older used leather girths. I do have some older used leather girths already that I like, but I would really like roller buckles to save my billets from extra wear and tear. I've liked neoprene as well, but I'm not sure if fleece would be more comfortable and breathable. The neoprene girths I currently have are Classic Equine Soft Touch which I like, but aren't the right size since they were from past horses. I've never owned a fleece girth, so I'm not sure what the maintenance is like. I've read some reviews for a few fleece girths, and they're pretty mixed, with some complaints about crummy hardware, which I can't stand. I've noticed that the gel girths don't seem to be made anymore, which concerns me that it might not be a good choice. What kind do you prefer, and are there any specific brands you would recommend? I have really had my eye on the Lettia CoolMax fleece girth, because it seems to be quality made and pretty popular. I know the Kincades are popular, but I'm afraid the quality might be lacking and it might have crummy hardware at that price. I don't want to beat up the shared washing machine in my house or disturb everyone else with the noise, so is there a way these could be washed by hand? How do you maintain the fleece? Also, most importantly, what is the most comfortable for the horse? Thank you! EDIT: I just looked up gel girths out of curiosity and I guess there are a few others out there, but they don't seem very popular. Any experiences with these?