Model: Dressage Curved Girth - Black 32"
Category: English Saddle Fittings/Pads
Purchase: I was looking for a curved girth to better fit my horse's forward girth groove. This girth seemed similar to the County Logic Girth recommended by the saddle fitter but at a better price in case it didn't help. I purchased the girth on E-Bay 1/10/07 for $105.68 with shipping to New york State it was $116.68. The E-Bay company was Horseloverz.com.
Likes: This is the most gorgeous girth I have ever seen, then you feel it and it is so buttery soft.
Dislikes: The saddle I used it on is an Ansur Chic which has really long billets which hang through the billet keepers on this girth and brush against my stirrups. I think because it has no tree the saddle needs a shorter girth than one with a tree. The keeper is about a four inch wide band of leather.
Quality: The quality is top notch. It looks like new.
Summary: I wanted the girth to be long enough to get the buckles above my horse's elbow. In a dressage saddle my horse usually uses a 38" to 42" girth. With all saddles we have tried his natural girth groove has pulled the saddle forward onto his huge shoulder and well defined withers. This girth has not solved those problems though for the normal horse it should be more comfortable around the horse's elbow. I really need a different billet system to solve my problems. I read a scientific study, not sure where, on girth tightness and performance. It showed that having elastic on just one side of a girth was not as good for the horse as having either no elastic or elastic on both sides. This girth has elastic on both sides, so that is good. There is a people problem with elastic, we tend to do up elastic girths too tightly, because they are easier to tighten. I have a lot of problems with saddles slipping on this horse, as I said he has huge withers (not a table back). I have to be very careful not to tighten this girth too much. If you read my review of the quad mounting block you'd read a suggestion that about learning not to rely on the girth for stability. My horse has become much fitter with daily riding. He will get one month off per year where he is just turned out due to my paleontological research (dinosaur dig), but I doubt if he will get too out of shape. This girth has become too large, due to his fitness, for this particular saddle. I am now using the billet holes just under the saddle flaps. I am not sure if I will sell it. It is a little too fancy for me. I have not solved my saddle fitting problems but am trying to get him fit before the next try as he has changed several sizes rapidly and I'd like to solve the problem so I'd only need the standard saddle reflocking every now and then not several different saddles. He is a Clydesdale Standardbred cross, who recently stopped growing in height, but is still putting on muscle. I am difficult to fit also and the saddle I am using now is uncomfortable for me.
Author: Petty Kash
Usefulness Rating: 2.8 out of 5.
5 reader(s) voted.
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