Model: Anatomical Shaped Dressage Girth
Category: English Saddle Fittings/Pads
Purchase: Purchased on eBay, 8 months ago, for $37 (bid), from seller "flyarabian", who runs the eBay store "Wholesale Equestrian Outlet". "Buy it now" is normally $89 for the same girth. My light-boned pony stallion has very fine skin and got girth rubs even while using a sheepskin pad. Not wanting to pay over $200 for the up-scale anatomical girths, I chose the Delfina. I had previously purchased other tack from this vendor and was happy with the quality and service.
Likes: While the 22" girth that I had bought was meant for a 14.1hh pony, it fits both him and my big-boned 16.2hh Trakehner stallion. Neither has had a girth rub since the purchase. The girth has a prominent curve that gives a lot of clearance to the elbow and the loose skin in the "armpit". It also allows the saddle to sit in the natural saddle position while placing the girthing point also at the correct heart-girth position. The generous curvature permits a horse to take an extravagantly extended stride without being bound by the girth. The roller buckles are easy on the billet leather and are easy to "pop" open and re-position for an adjustment from the saddle. The heavy-duty elastic at both ends, protected by overlaying leather, has enough give to equilize girth tension, but is stiff enough to fasten at the correct length and give a secure ride. It's the toughest, best-quality elastic I've ever seen. The side facing the horse is soft and cushy. The size describes the entire length of the girth, end of leather to other end of leather, and measures true. The girth comes in both black and brown, in sizes from 20" to 30". It is now also available padded with fleece (for and extra $10). I have also heard that it may be available with hand-tooled designs around the D-ring.
Dislikes: There is really nothing I don't like. Being used to the very stretchy elastic found on most girths, I initially thought that the girth was not elasticized. However, after a couple of rides the elastic had more give. Nevertheless, although it does have more give, it has not become "sloppy" and shows no signs of doing so, even after 8 months.
Quality: Secure assembly without hard-to-reach nooks and crannies where dirt can accumulate. Uniform, highest-quality leather that is easy to clean and condition - but doesn't need to be conditioned every time it is used. Just wiping it down restores its finish. Unlike the "soft-leather-right-out-of-the-box" that breaks down in a short time, this leather will be around for a long time. The horses do sweat under it, of course, but it's far less than even under the edge of the saddle pad. The buckles are stainless steel and will not peel like chrome-plated ones. They are as bright as the day I bought the girth. The stitching is tight and even and the thread looks heavy-duty. The buckle billets are the same length on each side (they CAN be different!) and are long enough to be handled easily. The girth leather extends well under the buckles and pads them. A D-ring is securely attached to the center and surrounded by stitching that is both decorative and functional.
Summary: Even at full price ($89.95), this girth is a FANTASTIC value and I give it my highest recommendations. Well-made, durable, easy to clean, easy to use and attractive, it fits horses of different conformation very comfortably. I see the difference in the extravagant movement both of my stallions are now able to achieve. Apparently, even the fleece-lined straight girths or other curved just didn't let them move as well as they could. Really, if it weren't for the fact that it fits BOTH of my horses, I'd be buying another one!
Usefulness Rating: 4.53571 out of 5.
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