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Gali's girl
Mar. 7, 2012, 12:31 AM
Hey everyone,

I'm thinking of getting a new girth so I thought I'd ask for recommendations from you fine ladies. :D

What I'm looking for:
- appropriate for the jumper ring
- can be leather or synthetic
- have fleece or synthetic fleece lining
- less than $150

Thanks so much, I really appreciate the help!

AlyssaSpellman
Mar. 7, 2012, 01:28 AM
I just use the SmartPak fleece girth (http://www.smartpakequine.com/smartpak-fleece-girth-6117p.aspx?cm_vc=Search) for schooling, as well as in the show ring on my jumper. I've gone through soooo many girths and finally realized that I'd much rather only pay $30. The dark brown color looks a lot nicer than most of the synthetic brands, and the quality is great for the price.
If you want something a little nicer than that, this (http://www.smartpakequine.com/smartpak-classic-hunter-girth-6112p.aspx?cm_vc=Search) looks nice. I have to get another girth to show my hunter in soon, and I think I'm going to go with that one. I haven't used it personally, but I've never been disappointed by SmartPak products.

karlymacrae
Mar. 7, 2012, 01:48 AM
I have a whole slew of these babies:
http://greenhawk.com/wdItemDesc.asp?strilhID=Web&strmdNumber=RIE3615&stricSKU=RIE3615

love them, and when they get too grimy, at $40 they're totally disposable.

Gnomeland
Mar. 7, 2012, 06:28 AM
I like my Dover Circuit leather girth. :) It's comfy, nice looking, and not too expensive for a leather girth! ($100)

JumperTurns
Mar. 7, 2012, 11:47 AM
I have the SmartPak hunter girth and absolutely love it.

I've also used this one:
http://www.smartpakequine.com/m-toulouse-european-shaped-girth-5166p.aspx?cm_vc=Search
I like this one also

A friend of mine has this one:
http://www.smartpakequine.com/m-toulouse-shaped-leather-girth-4428p.aspx?cm_vc=Search
And likes it a lot

Out of both Toulouse girths I recommended, I prefer the first one. Not only for the looks, but it has D rings. It also seemed softer than the other one.

Crown Royal
Mar. 7, 2012, 11:53 AM
Have this (http://www.smartpakequine.com/smartpak-fleece-girth-6117p.aspx?cm_vc=Search) on my list to purchase as a schooling girth. The Smartpak synthetic girth with fleece (and a dee ring) that AlyssaSpellman posted. Looks nice and is $30.

And I have this (http://www.smartpakequine.com/m-toulouse-shaped-leather-girth-4428p.aspx?cm_vc=Search), the M. Toulouse shaped girth that JumperTurns' friend has, and like it. But it doesn't have fleece. I use it on both my hunter and jumper and currently as both a show and schooling girth, but will reserve it for showing only once I order the fleece smartpak one.

Have you thought about just ordering a leather girth and a fleece cover? That way you can use the fleece the majority of the time when schooling and wash it, but can take it off and have something that'll look nicer in the show ring (even in jumpers- especially for pictures ;)).

Rel6
Mar. 7, 2012, 12:16 PM
I used a cheapo fleece girth for the jumpers most of them time. The only exception being if we were doing eq or hunters at the same show, or if she was wearing studs (then I used her belly guard.)

yellowbritches
Mar. 7, 2012, 01:26 PM
I really like the Lettia Coolmax girths. Soft and fleecy (key for my overly sensitive horse) with a Coolmax lining to keep sweat down (did I mention my overly sensitive horse is allergic to sweat). Inexpensive and wash up well.

WARDen
Mar. 7, 2012, 01:31 PM
I second the $30 fleece girth from SmartPak. Great deal, comfortable for the horse and easy to clean.

polly
Mar. 7, 2012, 03:41 PM
I second the cheap fuzzy girths, but if you're looking for a belly girth, I recommend eBay. I have bought both a Childeric and a Beval (both VERY lightly used) from eBay for less than $150.

GingerJumper
Mar. 7, 2012, 03:56 PM
Personally, I LOVE Professional's Choice girths. I've used them for years; first under a trainer and since then with my own. Unfortunately Mr. Princess only goes in fleece, so all my lovely Pro Choice girths are currently collecting dust in the tack room and I'm getting quite the collection of fluffy girths... combined with the fleece shadow roll and fleece lined boots, he looks like he's wearing a sheep. I think he's just gonna have to suck it up and deal with normally lined boots, I can't stand all the fluff...

crazyhorses
Mar. 7, 2012, 04:05 PM
I also use the Smartpak fleece girth :) I love it. But I may need a belly guard soon lol

Gali's girl
Mar. 7, 2012, 05:25 PM
Growing up riding in the '90s I always used leather only. Now that I'm riding again, everyone at my barn, trainer included, uses the fleece girths. I figured I'd just go with the flow and get the same. I was just wondering whether the cheaper ones are appropriate in the show ring, or whether I needed to get somethign like this: http://www.smartpakequine.com/m-toulouse-shaped-girth-w-sheepskin-4430p.aspx?cm_vc=Search or this: http://www.smartpakequine.com/smartpak-sheepskin-overlay-girth-6114p.aspx?cm_vc=Search. I only show a few times a year in unrated, B, and AA shows, so if I can get away with the less expensive synthetics rather than the two I posted, then all the better!

karlymacrae
Mar. 7, 2012, 07:10 PM
Growing up riding in the '90s I always used leather only. Now that I'm riding again, everyone at my barn, trainer included, uses the fleece girths. I figured I'd just go with the flow and get the same. I was just wondering whether the cheaper ones are appropriate in the show ring, or whether I needed to get somethign like this: http://www.smartpakequine.com/m-toulouse-shaped-girth-w-sheepskin-4430p.aspx?cm_vc=Search or this: http://www.smartpakequine.com/smartpak-sheepskin-overlay-girth-6114p.aspx?cm_vc=Search. I only show a few times a year in unrated, B, and AA shows, so if I can get away with the less expensive synthetics rather than the two I posted, then all the better!

I've shown in the cheapie ones in B and small A's and din't get laughed out of the ring. I actually see people using them all the time. It's not a big deal.

AlyssaSpellman
Mar. 7, 2012, 11:39 PM
Growing up riding in the '90s I always used leather only. Now that I'm riding again, everyone at my barn, trainer included, uses the fleece girths. I figured I'd just go with the flow and get the same. I was just wondering whether the cheaper ones are appropriate in the show ring, or whether I needed to get somethign like this: http://www.smartpakequine.com/m-toulouse-shaped-girth-w-sheepskin-4430p.aspx?cm_vc=Search or this: http://www.smartpakequine.com/smartpak-sheepskin-overlay-girth-6114p.aspx?cm_vc=Search. I only show a few times a year in unrated, B, and AA shows, so if I can get away with the less expensive synthetics rather than the two I posted, then all the better!

I know some BNT's who use the synthetic fleece girths in the hunter ring at AA shows, Pony Finals, etc.
You should definitely be fine with the synthetic ones. :)

DressageOverFences
Mar. 7, 2012, 11:55 PM
I got a lovely antares girth for 60 bucks on Ebay, so you might try looking there. :)

karlymacrae
Mar. 8, 2012, 12:15 AM
you can also look here http://www.premiertackoutlet.com/girths.htm

DocRider
Mar. 8, 2012, 01:02 AM
I found a terrific leather girth at a local consignment shop for $20 during their tent sale! I just have to get around to changing the nameplate on it. ;) Otherwise synthetics/fleeces from either Dover or SmartPak work for me. In warmer months I like the synthetics because they are easier to clean (even though my guy sweats a little more with it.)

JumperTurns
Mar. 8, 2012, 03:49 AM
Whoops! Didn't see that it had to have fleece!

I've had the SmartPak Fleece one and liked it for schooling. It's okay, it's thinner than I would prefer. I've also tried the Lettia Coolmax one, I like that one better but wish the fabric on the outside was darker.

But as for one that I would totally buy, but never tried it is this sheepskin Toulouse girth.
http://www.smartpakequine.com/m-toulouse-shaped-girth-w-sheepskin-4430p.aspx?cm_vc=Search

The sheepskin attaches with velcro so it makes it super easy to clean. It looks super nice (I've only had good experiences with Toulouse, girths, saddles, etc.)

Frizzle
Mar. 8, 2012, 05:04 PM
I have several of these http://www.vtosaddlery.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Store_Code=VTO&Product_Code=CESTSJG&Category_Code= and love them. And they're only $20!