April 21, 2014 at 1:14 pm
I am finding ton of dressage girths in various shapes, but I am having a much harder time finding a long girth. Mare has a very forward girth groove + still slightly downhill so saddles tend to slip forward on her. I would like to try a crescent shaped girth but don’t really want to spend big bucks on one unless I know for sure its going to work. All I can seem to find are Mattes and Wintec CAIR. Tekna no longer makes their crescent shaped girht in 56 in black. 🙁 The Wintec girth I had for a different horse and hated it. The only way I could safely mount without the saddle sliding sideways would be if I could find something tall enough where I could just swing my leg over and sit down. Anybody have any ideas? Need black and a 56.
Sydney, Appaloosa x Draft crossMay 2, 2014 at 12:43 pmTheFoxRiderTopics Started: 7Replies Posted: 28
I feel your pain! I am on the look out for a similar item but haven’t quite gotten up the bucks for the Tekna – it’s a bummer they don’t make it in the size you need! I did a bit of looking and the Horze brand (awful name aside) has one that may be worth a try. It’s spendy, but my experience with the brand is usually quite positive. I own their lowest end dressage bridle and running martingale – the dye is a bit loose on the bridle(I think I paid 10$ for the bridle on sale, etc) but the leather is soft and seems to be good quality. The running martingale gets put through the ringer on my naughty 4 year old and it is very solid. The CAIR girths do seem to be on clearance as of late, but I agree – not my favorite girth I’ve owned as I really like elastic but I didn’t have the problem you describe.
For reference, I am using an Ovation Gel Form dressage girth (a crescent girth) with my dressage saddle with a point billet and am making do on my jump saddle with a Classic Equine Soft Touch – they’re quite sticky so they help keep the saddle from wanting to slide forward with the girth. My set up is forward flap jump saddle with the billets pulled forward (using billets 1 and 2 rather than 1 and 3 as well) with a front shim in my thinline pad. I still have to girth her up super tight, but it has worked in a pinch until I can try a different girth.
Visit my horse care and product review blog at: www.keepcalmhorsecare.blogspot.comMay 2, 2014 at 5:51 pm
I ended up getting a good deal on a Tekna in a 54. It is snug, but not unmanageable. Doesn’t look like the person that I bought it from used it at all, so the material is still super stiff and the elastic doesn’t really have any give to it. Hopefully it will relax and start to conform to her better with more use. I am still going to keep an eye out for a black 56 in a crescent shape or anatomical shape as I think it would be a much better fit, but this will do for now.
The good news is that when I tried it today it made a huge difference in helping to keep the saddle back off of her shoulder blades. I am also currently on the hunt for a non-slip pad, but after today I don’t know if I will really need one. Going to have to play with it some more to make sure.
Horze name always makes me a giggle, especially since their slogan is “Its a lifestyle.” How awful! I have owned several of their bridles and have been generally happy with all of them. The leather quality isn’t the best, but for the price (I bought mine back when they had all those coupons) I am happy with them. I missed the sale they had about a month ago on their anatomic girth, and have been impatiently waiting for it to come back on sale. I don’t think I want to pay full price for it.
Sydney, Appaloosa x Draft crossMay 2, 2014 at 5:53 pm
OH yeah, forgot to say that I use to use the front shims in my thinline as well! When I first bought Sydney she was very downhill and without them I felt like I was being tossed up on to her neck whenever I posted the trot. I didn’t even hardly canter her due to the feeling of being tossed over her shoulder. This winter she had a growth spurt and I changed to a much better fitting saddle as well and I have been able to go without the front shims. 🙂 I don’t think I could use them right now anyway, she is within a hair’s breathe of outgrowing my new saddle already. ARGH!
Sydney, Appaloosa x Draft crossMay 3, 2014 at 9:04 pmTheFoxRiderTopics Started: 7Replies Posted: 28
Eeep! So glad that the Tekna is working for you! I feel your pain with the growing horses – I’ve got one too! Now to go find myself a Tekna girth…
Visit my horse care and product review blog at: www.keepcalmhorsecare.blogspot.comJune 4, 2014 at 6:08 pmrgalambosTopics Started: 0Replies Posted: 5
I don’t know if it’s more than you want to spend, but Total Saddle Fit makes the Shoulder Relief Girth. It is made specifically for this situation because it holds the billets and saddle back further than the girth sits. I bought the dressage girth half expecting to send it back because it didn’t do what it claimed, but it actually works perfect. It was a blessing and certainly a lot cheaper than getting a new saddle. I just saw recently that they are now making full size girths. To my knowledge they only make the one product and it’s $124.June 4, 2014 at 6:46 pmrhonda_hettingerTopics Started: 0Replies Posted: 8
Based on my own experience, the problem probably isn’t likely to be solved with a certain type of girth. It’s more where the saddle billets place the girth. My mare has a very long shoulder, giving much the same problem–the relative position of her girth groove is quite forward. One of my XC saddles simply won’t work on her, always ending up on the back edge of her shoulder blades and restricting her.
If you haven’t already done so, try attaching the girth using the two most forward billets on each side (most people use the first and last). It’s not much, but it will bring the girth forward an inch or two. Try different saddles to see if the billets on one might be set further forward. You might be able to have point billets added to your saddle–a billet attached to the point of the tree on each side. This would allow you to set the girth even more forward. Some dressage saddles have this feature (as does one of my sidesaddles); haven’t happened to run across a jumping saddle with it.June 5, 2014 at 7:25 pm
I have switched to the FlexEE saddle by Heather Moffett, and am having a lot of luck with it. It stays back where I put it without me having to use a special girth. I don’t think that the billets are specially placed either.
I do have the Tekna girth that I bought for sale though! It ended up being too short and I got a Horze girth instead.
Sydney, Appaloosa x Draft cross
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