Short, long or studded

girths

You can choose between three variants: the short girth, the long girth and the studded girth. The saddle girths also come in different shapes. The straight shape, anatomical shape or asymmetrical shape are the most common shapes for a saddle girth.

Types of girths

Short straps:

  • for dressage saddles, with long saddle flaps and girth straps
  • Girth buckles end at the lower edge of the saddle flap
  • Belt buckles should be well above the elbow range of motion

Long straps:

  • for the jumping saddle
  • Girth buckles are located under the saddle flap
  • usually equipped with D-rings for attaching a martingale

Cleat straps:

  • for showjumpers with a lot of action in the front leg
  • wide plate protects the chest and stomach area from studs in the horseshoe

Different girth shapes for optimal fit

Saddle girths are available in different cuts. It doesn't matter whether it is a short girth or a long girth. The most common cuts are the straight shape, the anatomical shape and the asymmetrical shape.

Straight girth:

  • cut to the same width throughout
  • for horses with a uniform body structure and pronounced girth position

Anatomical girth:

  • cut out at the front and back in the elbow area of ​​the horse
  • cut slightly wider in the chest area
  • ensures better pressure distribution
  • suitable for horses with pronounced girth position and enough distance to the elbow
  • can be used in both directions

Asymmetrical girth:

  • cut back more sharply at the front in the elbow area
  • rear side is rather straight
  • The contact surface in the chest area is also slightly wider and thus ensures good pressure distribution
  • for horses with a girth closer to the elbow or less pronounced

Moon belt:

  • for round-ribbed horses, horses with narrow chest or short back
  • absorbs the curvature of the ribs through its special cut and prevents pressure and chafing points
  • strongly cut back in the elbow area
  • cut shorter in the front than in the back

Different materials for different needs

Leather saddle girths are suitable for almost every horse. Leather is soft, supple and durable at the same time. With leather saddle girths, you have to make sure to care for the leather regularly.

Neoprene is suitable for sensitive horses with sensitive skin because the material is soft and flexible.

Synthetic leather straps are also very easy to care for and can be easily washed under water. However, make sure you use good artificial leather care so that the surface does not become brittle.

Saddle girths with gel or memory form are usually made of neoprene or nylon. The gel or memory foam filling is designed to relieve pressure and prevent chafing.

Saddle girths with lambskin are particularly suitable for horses that are shedding their coats and for sensitive horses that are prone to chafing. The lambskin regulates the temperature and relieves pressure. However, remember that the thickness of the fur means that it is not always possible to tighten the girth. Your saddle should therefore be in a very good position and not slip.

Saddle girths with or without elastic?

Most common saddle girths have an elastic insert that connects the girth buckle and the girth. This allows the girth to give way to a certain extent. This can be helpful for horses that are saddle or girth conscious, as long as the girth is not pulled too tight.

Unfortunately, elastic inserts tempt you to tighten the girth too much. If you choose a girth with elastic, always tighten it carefully and with sensitivity so that your horse does not develop a defensive attitude towards the girth.