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post #1 of 7 Old 09-25-2012, 03:34 PM Thread Starter
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Dressage girth - opinions

I do use Pro Choice (neoprene), which seems to be wearing out at the moment, so I want to look into leather girths. I went to Dover last week, but frankly haven't seen too many options there.

I'm wondering what people are using. My trainer suggested to look into County, but boy it DOES look weird: Dressage, Jumping, and Multi-Purpose Saddles Catalog (and I don't know if it worth the price). Has someone try one?

Any opinions/suggestions are greatly appreciated.

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post #2 of 7 Old 09-25-2012, 04:28 PM
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I have a somewhat similar contoured leather one that I used for my QH and both she and I absolutely loved it. VR Tack - Jutey

I currently use a synthetic one that I don't really care for... only using it because I haven't found a pony-sized dressage girth I DO like.

If you really want to try a leather girth and could use a 26", PM me... I think mine was used less than a dozen times and considering my pony of a horse barely fits in his 16" girth... I have no use for it!
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Thank you, Delfina! Let me check the size of the girth I'm using now, and if it's 26" I'll definitely PM you (but I'm pretty positive it's either 22" or 24" - both my horses are on a smaller side).

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I use a County Logic girth at least once daily. It is great for keeping the saddle in place. It also has a good amount of elastic/stretchiness (that doesn't seem to stretch out with wear, at least the shorter dressage length, I haven't used our jumping length one for very long). I think that not all horses like the feel of leather versus something squishier, fluffier, or synthetic, but that varies from horse to horse. Some prefer it. The girth definitely feels best when it is conditioned and supple and will last you a lifetime if you keep it well cared for.

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I use a County Logic girth at least once daily. It is great for keeping the saddle in place. It also has a good amount of elastic/stretchiness (that doesn't seem to stretch out with wear, at least the shorter dressage length, I haven't used our jumping length one for very long). I think that not all horses like the feel of leather versus something squishier, fluffier, or synthetic, but that varies from horse to horse. Some prefer it. The girth definitely feels best when it is conditioned and supple and will last you a lifetime if you keep it well cared for.
IW, I'm sorry for the dumb question, but that mid part should be placed towards the horse's front legs, right?

I think we have County representative in my area, so I may meet with her to look at it "in person".

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^ Yes. In the photo on the link you posted, the top of the girth is the part facing the front legs of the horse.
Your County rep can show you how to put it on correctly. I think once you see it on a horse, you'll understand how it works. Once I got it, I've never had an issue with putting it on backwards.

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Thank you!

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