It’s tricky to check the tightness as it doesn’t touch his sides, but once I’d worked out which holes it needed to be on it wasn’t a problem.” “I really liked the theory behind this girth, and it certainly suited my horse well, holding his saddle in place while keeping him comfortable.
Full grain English leather, triple crossover elastic at both ends. The elastic was tough enough to prevent any over-tightening, and held the saddle firmly in place.
“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.
I would prefer if it had side or center D-rings, but the quality of the materials make the price tag worth it.” The leather is soft and wide over the sternum, while the elasticated ends are strong.
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 liked the design of narrower sides and wider over the sternum, which fitted my large hunter-type well. The rounded edges stopped any rubbing and the leather was soft with neat stitching.
The verdict: Slim, contoured design, would benefit from elastic at both ends.” “The slim, contoured style of this girth suited my mare and allowed her good freedom of movement.
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.
It was quick and easy to clean with a damp sponge, and although the material felt a bit cheap, it has lasted well and still looks like new.” “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. Leather is still a firm favorite, but synthetic materials have a lot to offer too, including being easy to care for.
In this buyer’s guide, we’ll give you all the tips and advice you need to buy the right girth, but before you go on to find your perfect match, take a moment to answer a few questions. If your saddle has two flaps with short girth straps, you’ll need a long one.
You’ll get more stability without elastic, but some horses prefer the bit of give that comes from using it. These have been designed to be more comfortable for your horse and are shaped around his elbow, so he can move more freely.
Some have a wider panel that sits on your horse’s breastbone to spread the pressure more evenly for increased comfort. Using a dirty girth can result in sores as a build-up of dirt will rub against your horse’s skin.
A synthetic girth can look just as smart as leather and will only need a quick wipe over with warm water. Using a piece of string or soft tape, measure from the middle hole on one of the girth straps and then pass the string under your horse, one hand’s width away from his elbow, to the corresponding girth hole on the other side of the saddle.
Many Equip Ergonomics Superiors Girth comes with a removable Bio Foam (non-neoprene) Liner. The sturdy outer is made of a durable Ballistic Nylon making for a tough, long-lasting girth.
The non-neoprene inner liner is antifungal and antibacterial and does not create the heat build up and bacterial environment often associated with both petroleum and limestone based neoprene making it the perfect choice for sensitive horses. The bio foam liner also features a tackiness for grip while still allowing maximum air flow.
Note; Our girths are made of High Quality Elastic that may feel stiff to begin with. This will ease up with use but prevents stretching out as can happen with lower quality elastics.
It was an informative article on saddle fitting, and I found it helpful enough to pass along here on EN. The post received over two thousand views on EN, so apparently many readers found it interesting as well.
The next day, I received a surprising email from Justin of Total Saddle Fit LLC. He thanked me for linking to his site, and offered to let me try his saddle fit-enhancing Shoulder Relief girths.
I was impressed with the company’s reputation and customer service, so I was excited to try the product and see how it measured up. And true to form, the girths did have an anatomical squiggle shape to contour forward and around the horse’s elbows, while allowing the billets to sit farther back.
On some horses with large shoulders, a normal straight girth will tend to pull the saddle forward, as the girth wants to lie in a sweet spot directly below the horse’s withers. A saddle that sits too far forward can dig the three points into the horse’s shoulders, making him sore.
Her shoulder sits very far back, and it can be a struggle to put the saddle in the proper position without a normal girth fitting around her middle like a western rear flank cinch. Aero can be a bit sensitive with his tack, and he definitely seemed more relaxed and happier wearing the Shoulder Relief Girth.
I can’t say with 100% certainty that it’s due to the girth…but when I switched back to a regular straight Professional’s Choice neoprene girth the other day, he was unhappy and tense at the mounting block. He is naturally short-backed and no matter where you put the saddle, any girth will always be in its proper “zone.” There’s simply not enough room on his anatomy to slide things back too far, it all ends up in the right spot.
I honestly could not notice a significant difference in his performance, but the girths seemed to fit well and did not rub him in any way. Plus, the company provides excellent customer service, and offers a 110% money-back satisfaction guarantee if you return the girth within 30 days.