Dressage Girths

New Dressage Girths for Sale

We have assembled a collection of what we think are the best girths on the market that address many fitting concerns and suit every budget. Girth sizing can be quirky. If possible, we recommend that you physically measure your existing girth, buckle to buckle in order to choose the correct size. Girths can stretch over time, and every company measures a bit differently, so the stamped size may not always be accurate. Billet length on saddles can vary, so different saddles can require a different length of girth.  As a rule of thumb, if you are transitioning from a long girth to a short dressage girth, You would subtract 24” so a horse that wears a 50” hunter girth will generally take a 26” dressage girth. Your girth buckles should sit a few inches above the horse’s elbow but far enough below your saddle flap that there is no interference between the saddle flap or pad keeper and the girth.Some riders and horses prefer elastic ends in their girths. It makes tightening the girth much easier, but some people feel that the elastic can cause slippage on certain shapes of horses. It’s also easy to over-tighten an elastic ended girth, so be aware!  (The Society of Master Saddlers says that about 70% of people way over-tighten elastic ended girths.)

Shaped girths offer freedom at the elbows and allow a wider supporting area behind the forelegs to lessen pressure. Sheepskin is soft and cushy and can be good for sensitive skinned horses, but remember it must be kept scrupulously clean. Real sheepskin should be washed gently with a wool-friendly soap, and dried carefully away from intense heat.

We have really liked the “Humane End” that is offered on several of our models. This style is simply excellent for saddles that have a “V” configuration with their billets, or saddles where the billet holes have stretched unevenly. The sliding feature ensures equal pressure on both billets regardless of configuration.

Choosing the correct girth can assist in stabilizing a saddle, but keep in mind that if you find you are having to pull your girth up extremely tightly to keep your saddle in place, you may have some saddle fitting issues or pad problems. A girth should generally be as tight as you’d wear your own belt. An overly tight girth can cause pressure points that are as significant as a saddle that doesn’t fit. Since some horses are clever enough to blow up their bellies when you are tightening the girth, make it a habit to recheck the tightness when you have mounted and walked for a few moments.

If you have questions about girths, please call us at 800-442-9672 or contact us.