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  • Kicking dirt under girth - best girth?

    My young OTTB is incredibly athletic and his hind legs are so powerful and engaged that he literally kicks dirt under his girth. The girth is plenty tight, but when I go to clean it every day, it almost always has arena footing in it. I use a leather County Logic girth and he seems pretty happy, but I've been wondering about getting one similar to the Mattes that you can remove the fleece part and wash it. I wasn't sure if that would end up being worse being that I can't realistically clean it every day...

    I wasn't sure if there was a better girth option because he kicks dirt up like this. I've never had one do it!

    MTA: I'm not having problems with this girth but he is prone to humping his back up and bucking so I don't want there ever to be an excuse related to the girth

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    Originally posted by Samantha37 View Post
    My young OTTB is incredibly athletic and his hind legs are so powerful and engaged that he literally kicks dirt under his girth. The girth is plenty tight, but when I go to clean it every day, it almost always has arena footing in it. I use a leather County Logic girth and he seems pretty happy, but I've been wondering about getting one similar to the Mattes that you can remove the fleece part and wash it. I wasn't sure if that would end up being worse being that I can't realistically clean it every day...
    A Mattes or sheepskin cover might help prevent dirt from going under the girth ´cause the fluff would block little gaps.

    MTA: I'm not having problems with this girth but he is prone to humping his back up and bucking so I don't want there ever to be an excuse related to the girth
    The humping and bucking could very well be caused by saddle/girth fit issues.

    And if there is sand getting stuck underneath the girth, it sure well could irritate your horse.
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      #3
      Originally posted by alibi_18 View Post

      The humping and bucking could very well be caused by saddle/girth fit issues.

      And if there is sand getting stuck underneath the girth, it sure well could irritate your horse.
      I don't think it is as he will do it in all saddles (dressage, jump, different saddles, different riders). Usually it is involved with spooking or the first canter of the day where he is happily jumping around because he is excited.

      Thank you!

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      • #4
        Sounds as if he is dragging his feet?? I'm trying to think of how else you kick that much dirt under a girth that it's a consideration.

        In the mean time, checking reasons for toe drag, and the above recommendations of checking saddle fit, I have had very good luck with string girths for comfort.. I have the TSF and IMHO I think horses like the string girth better.. I just can't find one that works with monoflaps..
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          I also cannot find a suitable string girth for my monoflap or dressage saddle...in black.

          The only time my horse kicks up dirt, or more like splashes, is when we are riding in wet footing in the outdoor or in the forrest. I usually find the dirt on his underside and the back part of my girth. The girth I use is an asymmetrical Mattes sheepskin girth. I've only found the dirt on the backside of the girth and never on underneath or between his skin and the girth. Maybe the sheepskin helps? Or maybe it just isn't a problem for us. I don't know.

          The sheepskin cleans easily with an appropriate brush. I don't give it a proper wash very often...well it depends on the time of year and sweat. It's not terribly high maitenance IMO.

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          • #6
            You could just put a sheepskin cover on your County Logic. I’ve got one, but my guy doesn’t kick dirt under the girth.

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            • #7
              I don’t think this is happening because of extraordinary athleticism. He may be a good athlete, but being a good athlete doesn’t cause this. I’m guessing the horse is sore and it’s affecting his movement, probably toe dragging as someone else said.

              Spooking and bucking are often signs of physical issues.

              Get the horse checked by a vet for soundness issues, ulcers, teeth, and saddle fit.

              A fleece girth may help prevent the dirt, but again, that’s not the problem. It’s a symptom of a problem.
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                I have recent video of him and have had a vet examine him within the past 60 days. The masseuse who worked on him last week said he is very symmetrical in terms of muscling and sore spots being equal on both sides. He doesn't drag his toes, but the footing in the arena is an older sand/fiber mix and it does get kicked around easily. I had this problem at the last barn I kept him at as well, which had brand new sand/fiber mix that was kept really well groomed. He used to be girthy but that has stopped since he realized that I don't yank the girth all the way up right away. He has been treated for ulcers post racing and gets a vet recommended GI supplement.

                When we work on lengthenings at the trot and canter is when I find the most sand in there.

                He is a hot, energetic horse with Storm Cat bloodlines, for those who know TB lines.

                Somantu which cover do you have for your Logic? I'm not sure which one would fit the best.

                I've been considering going to a string girth. I might get one and try it and see if it helps with any of it.

                Thanks for the suggestions everyone!

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                • #9
                  Samantha37 I have the Fairfax one. The Medium fits his 24" Logic perfectly. Here's a link: https://www.horsehealth.co.uk/saddle...covers-natural

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                  • #10
                    You can get mohair string girths for English saddles. You can get them custom made in colors and designs too, like the western folks!

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by beowulf View Post
                      Sounds as if he is dragging his feet?? I'm trying to think of how else you kick that much dirt under a girth that it's a consideration.

                      In the mean time, checking reasons for toe drag, and the above recommendations of checking saddle fit, I have had very good luck with string girths for comfort.. I have the TSF and IMHO I think horses like the string girth better.. I just can't find one that works with monoflaps..
                      My Dutch harness cross does this. With him it's not due to foot dragging but his higher movement. I would be interested in seeing a video of the OPs horse!

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                      • #12
                        For those looking for a black string girth, would this one work?

                        https://www.windridertack.com/store/...ir_Girth_.html
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