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Dressage girth help!

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  • Dressage girth help!

    There was a thread on here a few days back about dressage girths, but I can't find it...I had a Prestige anatomical girth on trial for Zoe but it was not a good fit for her. There was like 4" on girth on both sides above the buckles so it came really close to the flap and overlapped the saddle pad. I wasn't ready to spend that kind of $$ on something that didn't fit well!

    Anyhow, I was grazing on eBay and found 3 girths that look interesting:
    Wintec Dressage Girth with CAIR ($75 starting bid)
    Eric le Tixerant Comfort Girth ($9.99 starting bid)
    Delfina Anatomical Contour Dressage Girth (buy it now- $90)

    Zoe has a forward girth area, so the billets of the saddle do not hand straight down with a regular girth. She can also be somewhat girthy at first- nothing major. I have a neoprene and gel type girth now. I think something with more surface area would be good for her as well as the contour issue. Any input would be great! Thanks!

  • #2
    Contour girths can be quite pricey but if your horse can tolerate leather, try the Nunn Finer ones from Bit of Britain. They are not as expensive, about $110. The Passage and The Piaffe.

    Please note: I haven't tried them myself; I was on the verge of ordering one when maresy went lame. But I have eventer friends who swear by them.
    You have to have experiences to gain experience.

    1998 Morgan mare Mythic Feronia "More Valley Girl Than Girl Scout!"


    • Original Poster

      Thank you, quietann! I like the look of the Piaffe girth. Almost the same shape as the Logic/Prestige and nearly half the price!


      • #4
        I have the Piaffe and I LOVE it. The padding is nice and I love how it adjusts. The mare I'm riding seems more comfortable in it than she was in the other girths I tried.

        Bit of Britain just had a 20% off girth sale but I think it ended at midnight.
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        • Original Poster

          Thanks, Alibhai! Do you find that it allows the billets to fall straight down? Is it fairly wide?


          • #6
            Originally posted by Megsabelle View Post
            Thanks, Alibhai! Do you find that it allows the billets to fall straight down? Is it fairly wide?
            Yes, it's pretty wide- definitely wider than my Wintec stretchy girth.

            Which way do your billets drop on your current girth? They hang straight on the saddle I'm using, but the mare I'm riding does not have a forward girth groove (whew!).

            The back billet on my saddle is stretched a little and the girth handles it well because the buckles roll on the ring.

            The saddle's a little too far forward in these pics (my fault, not the girth), but you can see the girth width:



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            • Original Poster

              What lovely pictures! Thank you for the information. I actually emailed Nunn Finer and asked some questions, but this is def. the front runner of the Girth olympics!


              • #8
                Originally posted by Megsabelle View Post
                What lovely pictures! Thank you for the information. I actually emailed Nunn Finer and asked some questions, but this is def. the front runner of the Girth olympics!
                Thank you! I hit the jackpot when my friend let me ride this mare Best of luck with the Girth Olympics
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                • #9
                  If your horse is "girthy" she might like this one:


                  The picture doesn't do it justice. It's actually got a pretty wide surface area. The black part is stretchy. The lambskin is luxurious. Be aware that the measurements are from buckle-to-buckle, so the entire length is actually longer than the stated size. I would order two sizes down.

                  Here is better picture of the girth...



                  • #10
                    My mare has the forward girth pocket too--but she couldn't take the leather girths--they would rub her raw at the top. I ended up finding a Mattes anatomical sheepskin girth, it's the third one down here, and I love it: