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post #1 of 9 Old 09-04-2011, 09:36 AM Thread Starter
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Dressage Girth

I bought an equalizer girth for my horse http://www.equestriancollections.com...upcode=ER01538 (30") and with the dressage pad (something I just bought) the girth hits it and it seems too long when he's used to a 34".......

Here's a picture. I'm keeping the girth (it rocks) and I'll be getting more saddles eventually but I need to know how short I need to buy the other girth.. and is there a certain brand of girth that works really well? I was thinking thorowgood.



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post #2 of 9 Old 09-04-2011, 02:14 PM
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34"! How big is your horse? My dressage girth is just 24" (I use pro-choice).

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He's a 17hh 1450lbs (he's underweight atm... guessing closer to 1500s-1600lbs)

But the thing is I believe we were only using a square fleece pad before, not a dressage pad as they are longer and so when I changed pads... the girth became too big.

I just bought a thorowgood 22" and brought the other one back (Dover Saddlery rocks.. :)!!!) and we'll see how that fits :)
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Lol! Thorowgood one looked nice when I saw it in Dover. Hope it fits!

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I think I'll take it back for a 26".. it was really tight and on the 3rd hole. Poor Sky lol
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from what i've been told - a dressage girth should be 20" shorter than a jump girth (should you have that as a reference point). For example - my tb takes a 52"-54" jump girth which translates to him taking a 32" dressage girth.
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i'm also curious as to the saddle you're using and it's fit on your horse. The saddle because it looks like a kieffer (which is what I ride in and LOVE) and the fit as well... I can't exactly put my finger on it but it looks off. *shrug* i'm probably just crazy. :P

Here's my boy and his 32" girth:

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My saddle is a collegiate, not sure the model... but it can be reflocked but I had him and the saddle professionally evaluated and it fits him near perfect and the saddle doesn't need reflocking, it's in good condition. He's underweight and has little muscle (but it's in very good condition nevertheless) so he needs a towel (or a correctional pad with shims) to level the back out. We're working on getting and KEEPING weight on him...it's just a hard process since he has thrush on all fours...the backs being the worst, he was on antibiotics so his gut is all messed up (putting him on pro-biotics) and it's hard being out in pasture..which is why I am hoping the new barn has less tenants out in pasture and/or he gets a stall with daily turnout.

Well he fit in the 26" I've never jumped him before so I'm not sure what kind of a girth he wears in that department...

He lost a bit of weight so the ends of the girth were up higher within Monday-Thursday span. Poor Sky :/ But I figure once he is at a healthy weight, I'll need a bigger girth :P But for now, it fits him decently, doesn't cause rubs...and we worked beautifully today without lunging before I got on.

I love the look of your saddle, seems super comfy! Mine looks flat but oh it's a dream to sit trot in, for both of us :) Smooth as silk
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hey as long as it fits you and your horse that's all that matters!! I ride with a thinline pad just because i'm paranoid about hurting my horses back even though his saddle has been professionally fitted to him as well. I'm going through the same thing you are - trying to get my horse back up to weight after a bad winter the one before last. Man it takes FOREVER. Ugh. :(

I've ridden in a collegiate dressage but something about the way it fit me had me bumping around on the pommel. Just odd. For me of course. The lady who owned it rode beautifully in it. Funny how that works.
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