Cherry took a dislike to it and became girth when I used it, so I guess that is heavily on my mind. I use the Cottage Craft fabric or Stubbed cord girths on my round cob.
He arrived with an elasticated on one side Thorogood girth and the saddle never felt very stable. On here most people do not seem to like the one side elastic, but on my yard they are very popular.
I was very anti-humane girths because of the buckle breaking argument. But I find the saddle isn't so prone to being pulled forward up on to her shoulders with the humane girth.
I used to have a double ended elastic one but in summer the saddle came forwards. I bought a second hand leather padded Elevator girth off eBay for very reasonable.
The first thing my RI does at the beginning of every lesson is to say “OMG your girth, I could get my whole arm in there”. Anyway, he has a shaped padded leather Atherton with no elastic.
I use a Thorogood girth will one side being elastic, my Cob has a wide girth and I have always used the same brand for the past 6 years. I like the elastic at one side and wouldn't change now. I use a Thorogood girth will one side being elastic, my Cob has a wide girth and I have always used the same brand for the past 6 years. I like the elastic at one side and wouldn't change now.
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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.
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.