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Mohair or cord girth...or other....girth sore

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  • Mohair or cord girth...or other....girth sore

    Well got my mare going well...and today noticed swelling in her girth area (I use a Thinline).....She's a thin skinned gray. No open sore, but swelling on the right side.

    Should I try a Mohair or cord. I have a fleece Professional's choice. FIgured I'd give her a week of just lunging on hills and let her girth area just rest.

    If I get a cord....I want a black dressage. Any ideas where to get one that is reasonably priced.

  • #2
    Knock on wood, I've never had a horse get a girth sore while using a neoprene girth. Have you tried neoprene?


    • #3
      Fluffy girths, or fluffy girth covers have always worked for me!
      ponies! Ponies! PONIES!


      • #4
        Mohair is best


        Mohair is best. Cord will still gall. However, I recommend having a saddle fitter check saddle fit if there was not a precipitating event for the swelling. Ask me how I know.

        Action riders tack carries a mohair dressage, but I think you will have to dye it to get black.



        • #5
          mohair rocks

          and if you search you'll find they come in black, too (or at least spotted ), you may just have to wait a little longer since many tack shops don't stock every color/style.
          TQ(Trail Queen) \"Learn How to Ride or Move Over!!\" Clique


          • #6
            ttino said it already: fluffy girth covers! They are cheap (I buy mine at the farrier supply store....go figure...) for $5, you can cut them to any length and they clean (handwash) supereasy
            My horse has VERY sensitive skin and since I started using them no problems anymore
            Classical Horsemanship


            • #7
              100% mohair is best for the really sensitive-skinned ones, but it's more $$$ than the mohair blend or synthetic. You get what you pay for!
              RIP Victor... I'll miss you, you big galumph.


              • #8
                these girths are really fab and they just happened to be on closeout.

                I was riding with a big name hunter barn and these are the griths they use.

                I love them. They are really soft to the touch, a little squishy to the pinch and friction free -- supposedly non slip too.

                I have a mare in training that is very girthy. She has never shows signs of girthiness when I used this girth. When I used my western saddle or any saddle that requires my short girth she fidgets and bows up her back when I tighten it up.

                Horses are amazing athletes and make no mistake -- they are the stars of the show!


                • #9

                  Mohair girths - this man does an amazing job crafting mohair cinchas, girths. He's great to work with too on your design/requirements.


                  • #10
                    I'm also a fluffy girth person! And have never had a problem with thin skinned TBs! Good luck!
                    Off Track Thoroughbred
                    No Halo On Me (2005)


                    • #11
                      Thanks for the link, Zebra Dun. One question, how do you keep the mohair
                      girths clean? Mine looks like a fuzzy girth cover as it is so full of hair. I worry that there could be little pieces of hay stuck in there as well.


                      • #12
                        I will second the neoprene girths. I used to be a "girth snob" - only the priciest, padded, shaped leather girths would do for my horse! But, despite keeping them meticulously clean, my horse would develop girth galls. I finally sold all my leather girths on ebay and started using a Wintec Elastic dressage girth and BINGO, no more galls. A side benefit is that you just rinse them off or use a damp cloth to clean them.