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        06-30-2014, 11:38 PM
      #11
    Showing
    So long as they let us know before they ban it so I can fill my tack room up, I'm good .
         
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        07-01-2014, 12:29 AM
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    Trained
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    So long as they let us know before they ban it so I can fill my tack room up, I'm good .
    LOL! Me too!
         
        07-01-2014, 11:54 AM
      #13
    Weanling
    I have a MFT that is very thin skinned. I went the mohair route first & she would still gall on the 3rd or 4th day of a long ride. I changed my saddle to a 3/4 rigging, use the Airflex girth (I like it because it is so easy to keep clean) and Showsheen her girth area prior to saddling up. It took some trial and error, but that combination is working well for me...she hasn't had a gall in close to a year.
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        07-01-2014, 05:47 PM
      #14
    Foal
    Similar problem here. But my saddle horse is built short backed and big barrelled - this forces girths up right behind forelegs. There is no sliding it back. (And she's actually still needing weight across spine. She's not fat)

    Daughter prefers riding English with one of those jump girths that are a bit stretchy at buckle. Could we get away with a girth cover?

    She can switch to her western and I do have the string girths similar to the pictures shown. Would that be a better plan?
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        07-02-2014, 01:07 AM
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    Trained
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    Originally Posted by 2scicrazed    
    Similar problem here. But my saddle horse is built short backed and big barrelled - this forces girths up right behind forelegs. There is no sliding it back. (And she's actually still needing weight across spine. She's not fat)

    Daughter prefers riding English with one of those jump girths that are a bit stretchy at buckle. Could we get away with a girth cover?

    She can switch to her western and I do have the string girths similar to the pictures shown. Would that be a better plan?
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    I have had really good luck using a real sheep fleece girth cover when I still rode English.
         
        07-02-2014, 05:40 PM
      #16
    Green Broke
    You can get any good saddle shop to alter the rigging for you.

    I fourth(?) the mohair cinch idea. My thin skinned arab galled with a fleece girth, and a felt girth, I finally bought a very expensive hospital felt girth guaranteed not to gall, and it was the worst. Finally had a saddle shop change the rigging to western, bought a really good quality mohair, and I couldn't be happier. No galls since.

    I agree whole heartedly with smrobs comments about the type as well. Straight with no leather bit. I'm 100% sold on these cinches. They last forever too. Bork & Sons Cinchas
         
        07-03-2014, 06:25 AM
      #17
    Foal
    I agree with the Mohair girth, but do make sure it is 100% real Mohair, not a less expensive Mohair blend. It makes a difference.

    Depending on the horse's conformation and the saddle, it may be helpful to change it to center fire rigging to get the girth out of the elbow area.

    My thin skinned TB appreciated having the girth slightly loose, but she has big withers to keep the saddle in place, helped by a breastplate and crupper. I keep gall salve on hand, just in case, but I haven't needed it since switching to Mohair. It is a good idea have a couple girths on hand for multiday rides, especially if sandy or muddy.
         
        07-03-2014, 03:19 PM
      #18
    Foal
    I sixth(?) the mohair cinch and green goop (gall salve) as I call it.

    My mare used to get horrible galls when she was shedding out, no matter what cinch I used. But I've found that the green goop and a mohair cinch allows them to clear up the quickest.

    Make sure you keep them clean (that reminds me...I have to clean mine).

    Personally I've been using the roper style like Smrobs posted. I don't really know why, I just always have. I haven't had any issues, but I might have to try a straight style one next just to see.
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        07-03-2014, 06:24 PM
      #19
    Showing
    Liltuktuk, I mostly wanted them to avoid the roper style because we're not sure yet if there is a fit issue going on to cause the galling. If the cinch is already too far forward (like it often is on saddles that are rigged in the "full" position), then adding the width of a roper cinch will make it so much worse.

    I also usually keep roper cinches on most my saddles because I rope occasionally and my saddle has a 7/8ths rigging so I need the extra surface area and the rigging sets it back a little farther from the elbows. I do have a couple of straight ones for the occasional horse that still ends up with it too far forward though.
         
        07-03-2014, 06:49 PM
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    I only ride 'english' but I have the English version of the girth smrobs posted a pic of - has never let me down on a horse that's likely to get sore for any reason. I also have a sheepskin lined girth for my pinto who's really sensitive and that's made a huge difference to her
         

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