“The leather was soft and easy to clean, and the cut-away style allowed for more movement. The buckles are easy to adjust one-handed and the ergonomic shape suited my horse.
The side D-rings are protected by elastic, which made them a bit fiddly to use, and I found the central clip wasn’t big enough for my martingale strap.” “The quality of the leather is lovely and the padding is soft, but this makes it quite heavy and thick, so my horse got hot.
However, he moved very freely, as it gave a lot of space behind the elbow, and was comfortable with the wide sternum pad.” “I liked the shape and the spring buckles made it very easy to adjust when mounted.
The outer leather is quite hard and tough, but the inner is very soft and didn’t cause any rubs or problems.” Soft, padded leather, shaped for a narrow girth groove.
“I liked the narrow style of this girth, which suited my mare and allowed her to move more freely through the shoulder. Elasticated with AIR cushion, stainless steel roller buckles and central D-ring.
Because it’s quite a thick pad it made the girth come up a bit small, so I’d recommend a size up. Soft leather and shock-absorbing gel pad with airflow to reduce sweat build up.
Hairs tended to get stuck in the stitching, but it cleaned up well and fairly easily. The lining worked well and stopped any slipping, but it wasn’t very breathable, so she sweated up.
I couldn’t use my looped martingale, as the girth is too wide and there’s only a ring for a clip.” “I liked the design of narrower sides and wider over the sternum, which fitted my large hunter-type well.
“The slim, contoured style of this girth suited my mare and allowed her good freedom of movement. “I loved the softness of the leather and padding, which didn’t cause any rubs on my sensitive horse.
The design allowed for freedom through the shoulder and I noticed an improvement in her work.” The leather isn’t as soft as other, more expensive alternatives, but it fitted well and was great for everyday use.
It wasn’t easy to keep clean, and it needed a lot of washing, but absorbed sweat very well, so I was surprised to find that it actually kept my horse cooler despite the thick lining. Soft, synthetic fibers in a broad style to distribute pressure and prevent rubs.
It stretched a little after lots of use, but after washing it went back to the original size.” The fit was a bit tighter than normal because of the added padding, but the spring-loaded buckles made it easy to adjust.
It was tricky to keep clean, as the hairs stuck to it, and it was quite hot, but no more than some other synthetic girths.” The ends tended to bunch up a bit underneath the elasticated straps, although this didn’t cause any rubs or problems.
“I liked the soft, contoured design and the elastic ends kept the pressure even. It was easy to clean, just requiring a rinse, so was great for muddy days.
The Polite Girth needs to be sized and fitted correctly in order to ensure the maximum benefits. Or, if the palm of your hand lies flat between the front legs, the horse is more likely to be a standard fit Horses with a forward girth groove will also benefit from the increased elbow clearance provided by a narrow gauge girth (see pics below) If your horse has wrinkly skin behind his elbows, opt for the narrow gauge version.
Make sure you fit the girth with the curved section facing forward (towards the forelimbs). For a short (dressage or event girth) fit the longest length possible, so the buckles fasten away from the pressure-sensitive area behind the elbow.
On a dressage saddle, aim to have two billet holes remaining on both sides. Don’t pull the horse’s front leg forward after birthing up.
We have found that stretching the horse’s front leg like this simply draws more skin forward into the sensitive area behind the elbow. The gap at the front does not indicate that pressure has transferred to the back edge of the girth.