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Choosing the Best Girth Should be a Cinch

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Choosing the Best Western or English Girth Should be a Cinch!   

What is against your horse is the key. A soft flexible no slip breathable foam is best. Horses come in many body types, well sprung rib cages, high or low withers, sharp or narrow shoulders.  Not all girths will fit all horses the same way. Flexibility in materials is very important.  So too is the protection on their backs. Often a horse labeled as “girthy” is really what we call “cold backed”. They resist tacking and are tight in their backs. A two fold approach is best for these horses. Give them both a protective saddle pad and a form fitting girth.  ThinLine not only distributes pressure but it alleviates saddle slip and allows horses to relax and breath. As always, relaxation is the key. 

In your girth or cinch:

Can your horse breathe? Is the saddle kept quiet and still? Does he allow you to cinch up without complaint?  

Tightness: A girth fastened too tightly or made of the wrong materials can affect the expand-ability of the horse’s rib cage: choose a non-slip flexible girth.

Buckles: If you choose a girth too small, especially with dressage girths and western cinches, the buckles will impinge on the horse’s elbow and triceps muscles. What materials back your buckle?

Elastic: English girths – Single elastic girths only have “give” at one end, meaning horses can breathe better and the saddle can move with the shoulder on one side more than the other.  The best choice is triple elastic on both ends. Dressage girths are available with elastic at the center, a great option as the elastic lies on the horses’ sternum. Short girths without elastic are best with the V system allowing the buckle point to move and provide comfort to the wider area of the rib cage.  

Short Girths/Cinches:Dressage girths and western cinches are shorter as the saddle billets are longer. This design allows freedom of the rider’s leg without bulk (the feel of the buckles) under the flap as you would find in jumping saddles. Freedom of the horse’s legs should be also very important for Dressage, Reining, and Cutting horses. If the short g