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TXnGA
Sep. 15, 2011, 05:29 PM
Okay,

this may sound really stupid, but I am having a terrible time finding a brown girth shot enough for a monoflap jump saddle. I'm assuming it is a dressage/ short girth that is brown? Oh, one that doesn't cost an arm and a leg?

First monoflap saddle- can you tell?

Also, what are the pros/ con's of a monoflap saddle?

Thanks!!

yellowbritches
Sep. 15, 2011, 05:40 PM
M. Toulouse has a short girth for a decent price. Smartpak and everyone else I'm sure, sell it. You can find high end ones, but the MT is the best prices.

I say all this is but use short, black, fleece girths (my saddle is very dark and my horse is black, so it is easy to pass the fashion police's approval ;)

I do have a brown leather one. It's a County Logic that I found in consignment. Vernon loved it, but it rubs Toby's elbows raw.

ens0613
Sep. 15, 2011, 05:40 PM
Nunn Finer Piaffe Girth in brown, definitely a favorite :) It costs about $109, but you can sometimes find it on sale at VTO or Bit of Britain.

ETA: Oh, it's super padded and seems really sturdy. I've heard mixed reviews about the MT girth and how it holds up.

scubed
Sep. 15, 2011, 05:48 PM
Yes, you can just do a dressage one, but many of the saddle makers make matching short girths. For example (in the doesn't cost an arm and a leg category, see Devoucoux, Antares, etc for ones that are really expensive, though sometimes available for less on ebay):

http://www.smartpakequine.com/m-toulouse-marielle-monoflap-girth-7088p.aspx

http://www.equestrianclearance.com/westgate_efi/mark_todd_deluxe_jumping_girths/index.html


Prestige pretty expensive, but nice: http://www.trumbullmtn.com/store/fittings/dressage-girths/prestige/shaped-dressage-girth/shaped-dressage-girth-brown/

About same price in UK: http://www.barnstormers.co.uk/acatalog/Girths_and_Accessories.html (shires)

I believe you can get this in brown: http://www.delfinasaddlery.com/Girths-c19/

CarolinaGirl
Sep. 15, 2011, 05:51 PM
I use the wintec short girth... in brown. I got mine years ago from BofB. Definitely not expensive ($40-50). It doesn't look like BofB carries them anymore but found them on this site: http://www.saddleandtackwarehouse.com/product-details.asp?item_id=3052
Victory Canter also carries them: http://www.victorycanter.com/product.php?productid=20333
I like it because I can hose it down after every ride, which is important here in the muggy south where mold grows like crazy.

Ransom's Rider
Sep. 15, 2011, 09:07 PM
In my experience monoflaps tend to have longer billets than dressage saddles and you may need a much shorter girth than you think. Perhaps it's just the M. Toulouse monoflap I have but my horse wears a 26" dressage girth with her Prestige dressage saddle and I needed an 18" brown monoflap girth! She's a petite 15.2hh TB for what it's worth. I bought this anatomical girth (http://www.ebay.com/itm/Delfina-Anatomical-Leather-Dressage-BROWN-Girth-24-/260779856475?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item3cb7b0d25b#ht_1065wt_710) from ebay and have been very happy with the quality for the price.

yellowbritches
Sep. 15, 2011, 09:12 PM
In my experience monoflaps tend to have longer billets than dressage saddles and you may need a much shorter girth than you think. Perhaps it's just the M. Toulouse monoflap I have but my horse wears a 26" dressage girth with her Prestige dressage saddle and I needed an 18" brown monoflap girth! She's a petite 15.2hh TB for what it's worth. I bought this anatomical girth (http://www.ebay.com/itm/Delfina-Anatomical-Leather-Dressage-BROWN-Girth-24-/260779856475?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item3cb7b0d25b#ht_1065wt_710) from ebay and have been very happy with the quality for the price.

True with some but not with all. My mononflap has short billets. I use a 30" on Toby. Of course, my dressage saddle has real short billets, so I use a long girth. I am considering trying to get longer long billets on my jump saddle to get the girth lower down....

ltmac
Sep. 15, 2011, 09:39 PM
I have a Stackhouse monoflap that's black, so I've always used Dressage girths. I've had a lot of success with Lettia Fleece girths, since I just throw the schooling one in the wash after a few uses.

http://www.smartpakequine.com/lettia-coolmax-fleece-dressage-girth-4969p.aspx

CarolinaGirl
Sep. 15, 2011, 10:11 PM
True with some but not with all. My mononflap has short billets. I use a 30" on Toby. Of course, my dressage saddle has real short billets, so I use a long girth. I am considering trying to get longer long billets on my jump saddle to get the girth lower down....

I've got a Chiberta.. and for the 15.3ish TBs I rode I always used a 20" girth... it also fits my friends 15.1 Appendix (more QH body) well. Finding a brown 20" was a quest, which was how I ended up with the wintec one.

jackalini
Sep. 16, 2011, 12:02 AM
I bought a brown Aeroform girth off of Ebay - $40 shipped from the UK. I love it, as does my mare (who is reallllllly picky). Soft, easy-peasy care, and fairly breathable.

My Antares jump saddle needed a 22" girth, while my dressage saddle needs a 26" so it does depend on the brand.

RedRyderKy
Sep. 16, 2011, 07:50 AM
I custom ordered brown fleece short girths from my local Toklat dealer. They arrived in less than two weeks. They were $68 but had elastic at both ends, stainless steel hardware and an ring in the middle to hook training equipment to. Funny thing is not even 5 mos later I now have black monoflap jump saddle, so brown girths just sit waiting for the day when they will be used again. Oh wel!

OTTB FTW
Sep. 16, 2011, 07:52 AM
I use the wintec short girth... in brown. I got mine years ago from BofB. Definitely not expensive ($40-50). It doesn't look like BofB carries them anymore but found them on this site: http://www.saddleandtackwarehouse.com/product-details.asp?item_id=3052
Victory Canter also carries them: http://www.victorycanter.com/product.php?productid=20333
I like it because I can hose it down after every ride, which is important here in the muggy south where mold grows like crazy.

I needed a 20 inch, and this was the only one I could find in brown. If you have one that is a bit large until you figure it out, I suggest a thick fleece girth cover to "shorten it" for now.

purplnurpl
Sep. 16, 2011, 09:47 AM
That wintec elastic girth is my favorite girth.

I use it on every horse.

atheventer85
Sep. 16, 2011, 10:13 AM
Amerigo are my fave girths. While not cheap, they're better quality than Prestige, and cheaper than Devoucoux, Antares, CWD, etc.

Aelfleah Farm
Sep. 18, 2011, 04:14 PM
We ended up having to go with the ridiculously overpriced girth Devoucoux makes for our Chiberta. I was desperate, the kid needed to use the saddle immediately, and even my shortest dressage girth was too long. The mare uses a 18" or 20" wintec dressage girth, and it was too long for the Chiberta.

Another pony uses a 16" dressage girth... Still haven't found a brown girth I like for her to use with the Chiberta saddle. But her black 16" works well enough and the fashion police will not notice too much, I don't think.

I do like the Devoucoux girth, but it is way way too overpriced.

OTTB FTW
Sep. 19, 2011, 10:08 AM
On my monoflap there is a nylong strap that goes through the saddle, that the billets are attached to. I was able to have the nylon piece shortened 1 1/2 inches on each side so that I could use a "longer" short girth. Not sure if that would be an option for you.

Jealoushe
Sep. 19, 2011, 10:21 AM
I use a professionals choice, and I LOVE IT!!

Best girth ever, keeps saddle in place and very easy to clean.

Rio Wild
Sep. 20, 2011, 07:49 AM
I like my Nunn Finer Piaffe Girth in brown. It costs about $100 from VTO.

OnePerfectRide
Sep. 21, 2011, 01:54 AM
I had been using a black Soft Touch girth with my dark brown dressage saddle for years until I finally sprung for the Nunn Finer Passage girth. It's really a lovely, squishy girth, but it rubbed my horse raw. He's never had a girth gall in his life before. I let him heal completely and put the Soft Touch back on him and now it's rubbing him too! Not saying it's the fault of Nunn Finer, but WTF?

An ugly fleece cover seems to be acceptable to Mr. Sensitive, so I went and ordered a Toklat fleece girth from a local dealer after a friend told me about this thread :) Thanks!


Anyways... check out Horseloverz.com. They seem to have a bunch of short brown girths that they acquired from Libertyville.