Model: Pro Elastic Dressage Girth
Category: English Saddle Fittings/Pads
Purchase: Bought at local tack shop on sale. Needed a short dressage girth and liked the equisuede covering and non-chafe synthetic backing.
Likes: Very nice appearance, good roller buckles- overall, it is a sturdily constructed girth..
Dislikes: Whoever designed this thing didn't know what the heck he/she was doing.. Other reviews have noted that the Wintec girths don't seem to have any elastic in them despite the advertising claims.. Well, the thing *does* actually have an elastic in it (see details in the next section), but here's where the stupidity comes from: they effectively stitch down the ends of the elastic to the girth's synthetic covering, so in order for the elastic inside to stretch, first of all, the synthetic covering (faux suede covering and vinyl/neoprene backing) has to stretch, and unfortunately, these parts do not have any detectable stretch to them- I hung one end on a hook and attached 150lb of weights to the other end and there was no discernible elongation..
Quality: I run a saddlery repair shop on the side and I decided to open up the girth and see how it was put together inside and insert some real elastic. I found that they didn't lie completely and there actually *is* an elastic in the girth- the elastic is right in the middle of the girth (you can feel the more rigid section in the centre of the girth- that's the elastic). The elastic is connected via a wide nylon strap on each end to the buckles, which as I mentioned above, is stitched down to the synthetic girth covering, which does *NOT* stretch.. What I ended up doing was simply cutting the stitches that hold the buckles down to the girth covering (the buckles are independently sewn to the nylon web strap, so it's OK to cut the cover stitches). In this way, the elastic in the middle can now stretch independently of the covering material.. I went back to the tack shop and inspected all the other Wintec girth models and found the same idiotic construction- there is an elastic in the middle, but they basically stitch the ends down so that it can't stretch..
Summary: If you cut the stitches and allow the elastic to work, these are decent girths, but as-constructed, they are useless. I originally bought the girth 5 years ago, and I even sent an email to Bates informing them of this, but to this day, they have not changed the construction of their girths- the elastic is stitched down to the covering, which prevents it from actually stretching..
Author: Flying Dismount Saddlery Service
Usefulness Rating: 2.33333 out of 5.
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