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Favorite Synthetic Fleece Girth?

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  • Favorite Synthetic Fleece Girth?

    Posting here on the Event forum because I know you guys use these girths. I am riding my 4 year old dressage prospect in an AP saddle and am using a wintec girth. I want a double elastic end girth with fleece as I think it would be more comfortable for her. What do you use and why do you like it? Are they easy to clean? Thanks in advance!

  • #2
    I find that they are all pretty much the same...Same price range (mostly), same wear and tear. I wash mine ALL the time (this time of year it can be every day). They are doing great.

    I do really like the Lettia CoolMax ones, though. They are a little different with a CoolMax lining instead of all fleece. Supposed to keep them from sweating so much or wick sweat away or something...I don't know how true that is, but I have world class sweaters.


    • #3


      Cheap. Easy to clean - just throw them in the washer. Been using them for years and the horses seem to like them.


      • #4
        I've had several different brands and they all seem pretty comparable as far as care/ durability. The one I have now as a show one is from Big D and is not quite as fluffy as my everyday Dover one, which is nice.

        I do find after a while the sheepskin doesn't get super white anymore, at least right below the saddle. That's why I have two



        • #5
          Anybody have a problem with the buckles on your girth rusting after you wash them? I have two of the Dover ones that I've had to throw away, because the buckles rusted so badly, you couldn't open them...


          • #6
            I coughed up the extra cash for a Toklat Woolback lined girth. One, it was one of the few I could find that was black with white fleece; and two, you can get stainless steel buckles on it. It also has really nice, tough elastic and I could get a 56" (he has well sprung ribs!)

            That said, I also really like the Lettia CoolMax girths. We have a lot in our barn and the store I work at carries them. Very nice and they hold up well. The newer ones even have the little spring-loaded buckles.

            Most cheaper fleece girths don't have stainless steel buckles, the old Passport girth I have is pretty much unusable due to rusty cheap buckles. Also the elastic stretched out really badly.
            Leap, and the net will appear


            • #7
              Toklat. Hands down. The best ever, ten times better than any other fleece lined girth I have ever had. Worth the money.
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              • #8
                SmartPak. The brown is a darker color which I like, the buckles are stainless, it is inexpensive and washes well.
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                • #9
                  Do any of these that have been mentioned use 3-ply elastic? The 2-ply just ain't cuttin' it.


                  • #10
                    I love these girths- especially if we go to the beach or through water- so nice to just throw them in the machine and out pops nice clean girth!!! Horsey seems to like them too!


                    • #11
                      I do find after a while the sheepskin doesn't get super white anymore, at least right below the saddle. That's why I have two
                      That's why I have black. I have and like:
                      http://www.smartpakequine.com/m-toul...x?cm_vc=Search (can detach and wash the fleece)


                      OTTBs rule, but spots are good too!


                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Mukluk View Post
                        I love these girths- especially if we go to the beach or through water- so nice to just throw them in the machine and out pops nice clean girth!!! Horsey seems to like them too!
                        Have I mentioned Toby sweats like a pig? I wash mine almost every day (and just realized I didn't throw his in the washer tonight! Crap!). After our hard dressage lesson today I realized I REALLY need to get a couple more in his size (I have big ones but not anymore 50s), he took a big deep breath when I hopped off....and basically wrung the sweat out his girth!! He had a big puddle under him!! Gross!!


                        • #13
                          Originally posted by scubed View Post
                          That's why I have black. I have and like:
                          http://www.smartpakequine.com/m-toul...x?cm_vc=Search (can detach and wash the fleece)


                          Yes, but I need it for my jumping saddle, which is chestnut and has short billets! I did find somewhere online that you could order the Toklat girth with brown fleece--but it would have been like $80, and I decided I'd rather have multiple girths with the white fleece.


                          • #14
                            Another Lettia CoolMax user here. I have their dressage girths and think I'll get a long one as well -- they hold up GREAT to my double-horse abuse and wash up beautifully in the washing machine with no special care at all.
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