View Full Version : Best Inexpensive Non Slip Girth

Feb. 15, 2011, 02:26 PM
It's about time I find a better girth for Gali. He's incredibly round, flat backed, and has no withers. His saddle was fit by Fred of Custom Saddlery. At the time, Fred said that it fit as well as anything would, and that I should use a Thinline pad to keep it from slipping. I didn't find that the thinline helped, really, at all.

Right now I have a leather girth similar to this one:

but it's too big for him. It's a 32", and he really fits a 28" well.

I've also tried sheepskin (big mistake) and Wintec (he HATES it). The Wintec helped a lot but he turns into an angry beast when I use it. The leather is great, too, but just too big.

I wish I had $100 to spend on a great girth, but at this point I really don't. Which is why I'm asking - what's the best inexpensive girth you've used?

I'm considering the one above, but it doesn't have roller buckles. How important are those to preserving the billets? It would also be a size smaller than ideal.

I'd love a Mohair one, but I can't find black Mohair that I can afford.

I like the idea of the Tekna ones, considering how muddy my girths get and how tough we are on our tack, but that's really top of my price range. http://www.statelinetack.com/item/tekna-contour-dressage-girth/E000446/

I'm also considering this, but I think it may just be the same material as the Wintec I have, and therefore Gali would hate it. Any experience with this one?

This is another that I'm thinking of trying... http://www.doversaddlery.com/ovation-airform-dressage-girth/p/X1-02193/cn/100/

Any experiences or recommendations would be great! I'm trying to stay under $70 if I can.

Feb. 15, 2011, 03:17 PM
See some answers people gave me here (for long girths, but potentially translateable):


Feb. 15, 2011, 03:21 PM
Thorowgood girths work great for me, and my horses really like them. Cheap and simple to clean!

Little Miss Tailwaggle
Feb. 15, 2011, 03:38 PM
Have you thought about this one? It's softer neoprene... almost feels like a wet suit. Your horse might like it more than the harder waffle type neoprene.

Feb. 15, 2011, 05:03 PM
Smartpak makes a nice fleece girth for 27 bucks or I like the buccas cotton (if you can find it). My horse is rolly polly, wide, and saddle is prone to sliping but not with these and a thinline pad. Wintec was too slippery, never tried leather but I don't prefer them.

Feb. 16, 2011, 02:55 PM
Another owner of big-barrelled, flat-backed horses here. I would try a Soft Touch girth.

They are now made in a contoured shape, but for trial purposes, I would get one of the older, non-shaped ones from VTO for $20.


Feb. 16, 2011, 08:38 PM
Hm, this is under $ 100, but with 89 pretty close to it, but I found this shape does WONDERS for stabilizing a fitting saddle!


I have the Prestige version, but it's the same shape as this one.
I used to like Wintecs before I tried this one. Can't believe the difference. The Prof Choice was one of the worst girths I've tried.

Feb. 18, 2011, 07:14 PM
I second the SmartPak fleece girth--it's only $25.95 and I've had one of them for over a year now (got another one recently for my new, much bigger gelding).


I just brush it off after every ride and throw it in the washing machine once a month or so, along with a saddle pad or two, usually, and it hangs dry overnight. Easy. The fleece has just started wearing off a bit on one end on the year-old one. For $26 I am OK with that.

Both geldings I've used these on were girthy boys who stopped protesting so much when I switched them to this girth. I keep looking at various expensive girths, just because, but then I wake up and realize why? If it isn't broken...as they say.

Feb. 19, 2011, 06:20 AM
the Soft Touch girths are great. I just wish they came in brown

Feb. 20, 2011, 08:10 AM
I would look at the professional choice neoprene girth. I have had a great deal of luck with them and they are easy to clean and not expensive.

Feb. 20, 2011, 09:01 AM
I having been using them for about 10 years. they cost about $40, are easy to clean (you just rinse them off) and they last a long time. we use them on lots of horses.

also, some people put the thinline pad directly on the horses back with the cotton pad between it and the saddle. this may be what you tried but I hear that is how to help keep the saddle from slipping. does not sound comfy to me.