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  • Wool backed dressage girth
  • Toklat woolback dressage girth

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    08-27-2012, 01:19 AM
  #11
Weanling
I've used neoprene saddle pads and girths before and I think the material is missing its calling by being marketed as anti slipping. They would make so much more money if they made it into cruppers and said something more like "lubricates with sweat to prevent rubbing and allow freedom of movement." Hahaha! The only piece of tack I have that has neoprene padding on it is the breast plate for exactly this reason. When it gets wet, it seems to float on a thin film of water. Very useful for some applications, but not for gripping. :P

This is what I have right now. A Toklat Woolback dressage girth: Toklat Woolback Dressage Girth

This thing was definitely worth saving up for. My horse's back is very round, and even with a well fitted saddle and a leather girth we were still having slipping issues (which is not at all pleasant when your green horse does the 'drop out from underneath of you and pop back up three yards to the left' spook at the drop of a hat). I did some research and decided that I should try a wool pile girth. This one gave me an edge on the slipping problem because the wool grips onto horse hair (in a subtle way; it's not pulling on it). Plus it has a large surface area and it is incredibly comfortable and pressure distributing. At first I thought it would be hot, but the wool kind of wicks the sweat away.

Can you tell that I'm enamored with it? ;)
     
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    08-27-2012, 01:43 AM
  #12
Trained
I think you would do well to try one of the anatomically shaped girths if you are having problems with slipping.
Girths are a piece of tack that I don't like to skimp on. You don't want to buy a cheap one and have it break or slip on you - VERY dangerous!!!!
     
    08-27-2012, 02:26 AM
  #13
Foal
Interesting stuff! Has anyone tried a cord girth? I just bought a cinch for my western saddle like that. I really wish I could find a dressage girth with wool felt backing. I used to use a cinch with that and loved it!
     
    08-27-2012, 02:45 AM
  #14
Trained
I used a cord girth on my Stock Saddle when I used it. Im not too sure if I liked it or not...
     
    08-27-2012, 03:46 AM
  #15
Yearling
I use a normal old (cotton?) One.
By horses withers are thin and high, a saddle won't go sideways for anything.
And it's usually loose enough I can see daylight between him and it o.O

Which I dunno if that's a good thing. If it is done up snug he gets rubbed.
I even tried one of those super soft neoprene ones.,
     
    08-27-2012, 09:17 AM
  #16
Weanling
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I really wish I could find a dressage girth with wool felt backing. I used to use a cinch with that and loved it!
I had thought the same thing when I was looking for a new girth. I have a cinch made with that stuff and it's great. There are girth converters that can let you use a western cinch on a dressage saddle, but they look terrible! :P
     
    08-27-2012, 12:19 PM
  #17
Foal
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Originally Posted by WalnutPixie    
I had thought the same thing when I was looking for a new girth. I have a cinch made with that stuff and it's great. There are girth converters that can let you use a western cinch on a dressage saddle, but they look terrible! :P
I think I found my million dollar idea
     

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