• Welcome to the Chronicle Forums.
    Please complete your profile. The forums and the rest of www.chronofhorse.com has single sign-in, so your log in information for one will automatically work for the other. Disclaimer: The opinions expressed here are the views of the individual and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of The Chronicle of the Horse.

Announcement

Collapse

Forum rules and no-advertising policy

As a participant on this forum, it is your responsibility to know and follow our rules. Please read this message in its entirety.

Board Rules

1. You’re responsible for what you say.
As outlined in Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, The Chronicle of the Horse and its affiliates, as well Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd., the developers of vBulletin, are not legally responsible for statements made in the forums.

This is a public forum viewed by a wide spectrum of people, so please be mindful of what you say and who might be reading it—details of personal disputes are likely better handled privately. While posters are legally responsible for their statements, the moderators may in their discretion remove or edit posts that violate these rules. Users have the ability to modify or delete their own messages after posting, but administrators generally will not delete posts, threads or accounts upon request.

Outright inflammatory, vulgar, harassing, malicious or otherwise inappropriate statements and criminal charges unsubstantiated by a reputable news source or legal documentation will not be tolerated and will be dealt with at the discretion of the moderators.

2. Conversations in horse-related forums should be horse-related.
The forums are a wonderful source of information and support for members of the horse community. While it’s understandably tempting to share information or search for input on other topics upon which members might have a similar level of knowledge, members must maintain the focus on horses.

3. Keep conversations productive, on topic and civil.
Discussion and disagreement are inevitable and encouraged; personal insults, diatribes and sniping comments are unproductive and unacceptable. Whether a subject is light-hearted or serious, keep posts focused on the current topic and of general interest to other participants of that thread. Utilize the private message feature or personal email where appropriate to address side topics or personal issues not related to the topic at large.

4. No advertising in the discussion forums.
Posts in the discussion forums directly or indirectly advertising horses, jobs, items or services for sale or wanted will be removed at the discretion of the moderators. Use of the private messaging feature or email addresses obtained through users’ profiles for unsolicited advertising is not permitted.

Company representatives may participate in discussions and answer questions about their products or services, or suggest their products on recent threads if they fulfill the criteria of a query. False "testimonials" provided by company affiliates posing as general consumers are not appropriate, and self-promotion of sales, ad campaigns, etc. through the discussion forums is not allowed.

Paid advertising is available on our classifieds site and through the purchase of banner ads. The tightly monitored Giveaways forum permits free listings of genuinely free horses and items available or wanted (on a limited basis). Items offered for trade are not allowed.

Advertising Policy Specifics
When in doubt of whether something you want to post constitutes advertising, please contact a moderator privately in advance for further clarification. Refer to the following points for general guidelines:

Horses – Only general discussion about the buying, leasing, selling and pricing of horses is permitted. If the post contains, or links to, the type of specific information typically found in a sales or wanted ad, and it’s related to a horse for sale, regardless of who’s selling it, it doesn’t belong in the discussion forums.

Stallions – Board members may ask for suggestions on breeding stallion recommendations. Stallion owners may reply to such queries by suggesting their own stallions, only if their horse fits the specific criteria of the original poster. Excessive promotion of a stallion by its owner or related parties is not permitted and will be addressed at the discretion of the moderators.

Services – Members may use the forums to ask for general recommendations of trainers, barns, shippers, farriers, etc., and other members may answer those requests by suggesting themselves or their company, if their services fulfill the specific criteria of the original post. Members may not solicit other members for business if it is not in response to a direct, genuine query.

Products – While members may ask for general opinions and suggestions on equipment, trailers, trucks, etc., they may not list the specific attributes for which they are in the market, as such posts serve as wanted ads.

Event Announcements – Members may post one notification of an upcoming event that may be of interest to fellow members, if the original poster does not benefit financially from the event. Such threads may not be “bumped” excessively. Premium members may post their own notices in the Event Announcements forum.

Charities/Rescues – Announcements for charitable or fundraising events can only be made for 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organizations. Special exceptions may be made, at the moderators’ discretion and direction, for board-related events or fundraising activities in extraordinary circumstances.

Occasional posts regarding horses available for adoption through IRS-registered horse rescue or placement programs are permitted in the appropriate forums, but these threads may be limited at the discretion of the moderators. Individuals may not advertise or make announcements for horses in need of rescue, placement or adoption unless the horse is available through a recognized rescue or placement agency or government-run entity or the thread fits the criteria for and is located in the Giveaways forum.

5. Do not post copyrighted photographs unless you have purchased that photo and have permission to do so.

6. Respect other members.
As members are often passionate about their beliefs and intentions can easily be misinterpreted in this type of environment, try to explore or resolve the inevitable disagreements that arise in the course of threads calmly and rationally.

If you see a post that you feel violates the rules of the board, please click the “alert” button (exclamation point inside of a triangle) in the bottom left corner of the post, which will alert ONLY the moderators to the post in question. They will then take whatever action, or no action, as deemed appropriate for the situation at their discretion. Do not air grievances regarding other posters or the moderators in the discussion forums.

Please be advised that adding another user to your “Ignore” list via your User Control Panel can be a useful tactic, which blocks posts and private messages by members whose commentary you’d rather avoid reading.

7. We have the right to reproduce statements made in the forums.
The Chronicle of the Horse may copy, quote, link to or otherwise reproduce posts, or portions of posts, in print or online for advertising or editorial purposes, if attributed to their original authors, and by posting in this forum, you hereby grant to The Chronicle of the Horse a perpetual, non-exclusive license under copyright and other rights, to do so.

8. We reserve the right to enforce and amend the rules.
The moderators may delete, edit, move or close any post or thread at any time, or refrain from doing any of the foregoing, in their discretion, and may suspend or revoke a user’s membership privileges at any time to maintain adherence to the rules and the general spirit of the forum. These rules may be amended at any time to address the current needs of the board.

Please see our full Terms of Service and Privacy Policy for more information.

Thanks for being a part of the COTH forums!

(Revised 1/26/16)
See more
See less

question about string/corded girths

Collapse
X
  • Filter
  • Time
  • Show
Clear All
new posts

  • question about string/corded girths

    is the sizing the same for these as normal girths? Just wondering since they obviously don't have the elastic ends.

    Also, would love to hear anyone's experience with these. My girl is a little girthy and I've been reading that most horses love these. I'm also seeing a wide range of prices from $20 for the cheap blends to almost $100 for the pure mohair. Preferences?

  • #2
    I honestly don't know about the sizing but we used them at camp many years ago, and they do shrink a bit when washed. Just be aware of that.

    Comment


    • #3
      Tried one. Hated it. It pinched/pulled alot of hair out between the strands so I ended up using a cover, horse was still girthy.

      Had better luck with a double elastic ended synthetic. Relatively inexpensive and washable.

      For what it's worth, I rode Western forever and always had a mohair cinch but....the English girth is alot longer and the way it attaches to the shorter English billets means more of the girth is against the horse and right under your leg-that is my theory on why it rubbed when the western one never did.
      When opportunity knocks it's wearing overalls and looks like work.

      The horse world. Two people. Three opinions.

      Comment


      • #4
        Highly recommend mohair

        Pure mohair string girths are very soft and very durable. Hand wash them in Woolite once in awhile--- easy.

        Excellent for horses with a fine coat,sensitive skin--my Arab gets rubs with other materials.

        Not sure how the measurement compares but the place where you buy the girth will know.

        Comment

        • Original Poster

          #5
          Originally posted by findeight View Post
          Tried one. Hated it. It pinched/pulled alot of hair out between the strands so I ended up using a cover, horse was still girthy.

          Had better luck with a double elastic ended synthetic. Relatively inexpensive and washable.

          For what it's worth, I rode Western forever and always had a mohair cinch but....the English girth is alot longer and the way it attaches to the shorter English billets means more of the girth is against the horse and right under your leg-that is my theory on why it rubbed when the western one never did.
          Good point. I'm also wondering why these are recommended for girthy horses...just because they're supposed to be so soft? However, if I got a wool lined girth couldn't it potentially have the same effect?

          Comment


          • #6
            Originally posted by findeight View Post
            Tried one. Hated it. It pinched/pulled alot of hair out between the strands so I ended up using a cover, horse was still girthy.

            Had better luck with a double elastic ended synthetic. Relatively inexpensive and washable.

            For what it's worth, I rode Western forever and always had a mohair cinch but....the English girth is alot longer and the way it attaches to the shorter English billets means more of the girth is against the horse and right under your leg-that is my theory on why it rubbed when the western one never did.
            I ride English, using an all-purpose saddle---the same length girth H/Js would use...my mohair girth does not pinch or pull hair at all. It could be that the one that is mentioned as doing this was not pure mohair, but made of something else--or a mix. Gotta be pure mohair.

            Comment


            • #7
              We tried just about ever girth style out there on DD's Welsh/TB thin skinned pony mare. The string girth was the only one that didn't give her rubs.

              Comment


              • #8
                Originally posted by KateKat View Post
                Good point. I'm also wondering why these are recommended for girthy horses...just because they're supposed to be so soft? However, if I got a wool lined girth couldn't it potentially have the same effect?
                Yes, a wool or wool type synthetic is also nice and soft against the skin.

                Strikes me that I got rubs as an adult on a big bodied horse in a forward seat/close contact saddle and those that did not get rubs were a kid on a Pony, a rider with an all purpose saddle and somebody with an Arab.

                Got to be the amount of contact along the lower leg and calf, especially with a big barreled horse and the close contact saddle. Probably put my calf right on that girth-hence the rubbing. I once had a brass name tag on top of a leather girth that wore a hole in my chaps right about the top of the calf-same reason.
                When opportunity knocks it's wearing overalls and looks like work.

                The horse world. Two people. Three opinions.

                Comment


                • #9
                  When I worked at MarketStreet a few of Hoffy's Hunters went in string girths. The only reason was that she said the horses liked it better and perhaps it distributed pressure in a way that was more pleasing to the horse. Several differnt strands vs. on broad band...idk but there were a few that went in them and it stuck out to me because I had not seen one used since I was a child in a pony lesson program.

                  I found one the other day at a consignment shop and tried it on my guy who goes in between girth sizes depending on the saddle. He seemed to like it just fine, no more or less than his normal girth.
                  \"A smart lady knows its ok to change her mind, a damn fool never does\"

                  Comment


                  • #10
                    We had an older gray horse with very sensitive skin and it was the only thing he could wear, he would get AWFUL girth galls otherwise. Seems that they help a lot of horses.
                    Impossible is nothing.

                    Comment


                    • #11
                      I've had a Stubben Cord girth for years and there isn't a single sign of wear on it. I use it a lot in the summer, thinking it's like wearing a pair of sandals instead of a pair of leather boots.
                      I dunk it in a bucket of water after the ride and we are all set to go again next day.
                      "Dressage" is just a fancy word for flatwork

                      Comment


                      • #12
                        I don't know if you can find an english version, but I was a Classic Equine String girth that is made from Alpaca wool/hair/whatever it is. Softest girth I've ever used. They do stretch however, but I think it would shrink again after being washed with some warm water.

                        Comment


                        • #13
                          I hate those things. After a while, it seems as if there was a mop on his girth. My I have a Fleeceworks girth cover and its plenty cushy.

                          Comment


                          • #14
                            I ride western and english- I'm a former Training Level eventer, but it's been awhile. I put in lots of 8 hour rides, in a western saddle, on our ranch now, so I've learned what gives girth galls and what doesn't.

                            I ride on a ranch, and as far as western goes, I don't use anything but a natural fiber cinch- mohair or alpaca, if the horse is really sensitive.
                            The secret to the western cinches is to make sure you aren't trying to put something too wide right in the 'armpit' area- think how any shaped girth narrows for the elbows.

                            I just bought a mohair girth for my jumping saddle, this is the one:
                            http://www.doversaddlery.com/ovation...1-02174/cn/98/
                            I measured it when it came, and it was about 5 inches shorter than its 'size'- oh no! But they stretch, and with mild pressure (not a strong pull) it measured its 'size'.

                            The girth has stretch to it, and I feel like it has as much stretch as a girth with one elastic side, but the stretch distributes on both sides. It breathes, and it has grip to it. Horsehair will absolutely appear between cords if it is properly tightened, so a white one on a dark horse might look a bit weird.

                            My mare is a bit cinchy, and she is still cinchy with this girth. My gelding doesn't bat an eye at this girth, though he does sometimes protest very mildly when I tighten the western cinch, so I think there IS a good effect for a cinchy horse, though not a big one.

                            So, for $20, I really like the girth I bought, though I don't think I'd spend $100 on one. I'd say it might help a sensitive horse, depending on what the sensitivity problem is.

                            Comment


                            • #15
                              Fair warning though, if you have a horse that likes to play around or buck some, you can end up with a spur caught in the girth - happened to my trainer, and that was the end of using the string girth......

                              Comment

                              Working...
                              X