There’s a wide range of prices, and we found you basically get what you pay for in girths. It got high marks for durability, ease of use, and quality, even from the most girth horses.
We attribute this to the soft, pliable leather and that the elastic on the ends was flexible enough to fasten the girth easily. The Dover Pro Split-End girth scored equally well on comfort and durability with its wonderfully soft leather and nice padding.
It also received high marks for durability, with the elastic ends getting positive commentary for sturdiness. The Miller’s Crosby Chafeless Bag hide girth is extremely durable, but we weren’t sure about its initial stiff, hard feel, which diminished only slightly throughout the test.
We tried washing it by hand, as the directions recommended, but we felt we never got it adequately clean. The well-priced Courgette girth showed quality leather, craftsmanship and design.
The moderately priced Whitman models were a nice balance between economy and cost, particularly the heavy leather overlay girth. We had a 46” triple elastic split-end girth tested on a cranky pony with pleasant results.
The pony did not protest during birthing, and the model held up well, even though it was used by a child rider who as often as not left the girth on the barn floor, stuffed in a tack trunk or twisted under the saddle after riding. The downside to the extra give in the elastic ends is, of course, decreased durability.
The only critic of the Dover Pro Dressage #0222 was our most girth horse, and even his objection was mild. The model is well padded, wide in the center, with rounded ends to avoid pinching.
Again, the only objectors were our most girth horses, probably due to the lack of flexibility where the girth is fastened. Bottom Line As we stated, there’s not a girth in this test that isn’t a good choice.
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Email the form to your local Dover Saddlery Store 5. German Horse Muffins, manufactured November 29, 2018, lot # 8333, due to a quality control problem.
The lot number can be found at the bottom of the bag on a small white sticker. The company believes this is an isolated incident, but we want to make you aware as an additional precaution.
The wide clip is easy to use and the shaping allows freedom of movement.” “The padded ring in the center was hard to place initially, but my horse felt freer in his stride while wearing it.
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.
The leather is soft and the shape was almost like a stud girth, perfect for extra protection.” The fit was fantastic and true to size, and the elastic was strong so there was no danger of over-tightening.
The verdict: “Alternative design for sensitive horses, but may need a size up from normal.” 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.
“I liked the shape and the spring buckles made it very easy to adjust when mounted. I also liked that the stitching is very small, so hairs didn’t get stuck in it, and it was easy to clean.
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.” 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.