The basic of girths

February 23, 2022

The basic of girths

Fasten your saddle and get ready to ride. There are a lot of different girths on the market, the main purpose is to secure your saddle in the right place and avoid it from slipping. But offering comfort is also very important when choosing a girth. To get you secured in the saddle, we’ve written a basic guide to choose the right girth for your horse.

Different kinds of girts

Depending on the kind of saddle you have you’ll need a dressage or a jumping girth. A dressage saddle has long girth straps, so the girth is shorter than a jumping one. This is to avoid the girth from bulging under your leg. A dressage girth should not sit too low because then the girth straps will irritate your horse’s belly. The girth has to sit nice and steady under the saddle pad so it won’t disturb you nor the horse while riding. If you want to offer your horse more freedom in movement, you can choose an anatomic dressage girth. This relieves the horse’s shoulders and elbows and limits the risks of injuries.

The girths for a jumping or all-purpose saddle are usually longer. The basic models are often made from nylon, which is super strong. If you want to go for a girth that offers more freedom, you can also find leather jumping girths in an anatomic shape. If you want to offer your horse more protection during jumping or eventing, you can use a stud girth. A stud girth has a wide protective plate that protects the belly area from the hoofs and studs. Our Stud Girth has a shock-absorbing EVA-plate, to not only protect the belly area but also absorb the kick of the hooves.

Some horses are more sensitive than others, especially when your horse is just clipped. For extra comfort, we do not only have anatomically shaped girths but also girths with artificial sheepskin. The artificial sheepskin avoids rubbing on the sensitive belly and elbow. The sheepskin absorbs sweat easily and stays in place with a super-strong Velcro.

How to measure a girth

If you want to measure the girth size of your horse, it’s better to ask someone to help you hold the saddle in place. To start, measure with a tape measure from the second/third hole on the girth strap of one side of the saddle. Ask someone to hold the measuring tape in place while you go under the belly to the other side of the saddle and measure to the second/third hole of the other side of the saddle. The length you now become is the size of girth you’ll need. If you measure the girth on the higher hole, it won’t be easy to tighten the girth. If you’re planning to buy a sheepskin girth, you don’t need to worry about needing a bigger size, you can just buy the girth size you normally have.  

How to clean a girth

Most of our girths are made of artificial leather. This leather is stronger, more durable and lighter than normal leather. The artificial leather is very resistant to water and you don’t need to worry about the girth absorbing water.  The girth will not crack and break like a real leather girth and it is lot easier to maintain than leather products. You just spray some of our tack cleaner on the girth and wipe it off with a clean towel. The sheepskin parts and girths made of other materials can easily be washed at 30 degrees.

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