Girth Materials?
 
 

       The Horse Forum > Riding Horses > Endurance Riding

Girth Materials?

This is a discussion on Girth Materials? within the Endurance Riding forums, part of the Riding Horses category
  • What girth can i use for endurace
  • 22 girth for endurance riding

Like Tree6Likes

 
LinkBack Thread Tools
    05-21-2012, 11:51 PM
  #1
Foal
Girth Materials?

What material do all you endurance pros prefer your girths to be made of? I have always used the classic hunter style leather girth with the elastic end, but I am wondering if a mohair, neoprene, or fleece lined girth would be more comfortable for my mare as we start doing longer distances. She completed her first 15 mile ride, has always shown in, and currently has been training in, her leather girth with no issues but we are hoping to move up to a 25 mile ride in about 6 weeks and I'd like to be prepared. Also, we are in southern Michigan, so heat and humidity may be a factor as well. Any advice on what you use and why will be much appreciated!
     
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
    05-22-2012, 01:35 AM
  #2
Green Broke
Depends on the horse. Seems Arabs do better with mohair or fleece, other horses don't seem to care. Long distance girths have different requirements than short distance or arena work. Too much grip can rub a horse raw.
I would say neoprene as it is what I use, but there are three differnt types of neoprene that I have seen, one is as slick as greased owl poo, the other grips so much it'll rub a horse raw, a third kind works well for me.
     
    05-22-2012, 10:19 AM
  #3
Started
I use two types of girths... I have rope girths and neoprene girths that I cover with a fleece lining. I can just take it off and wash it and put it back on the girth soaking wet to help cool the underside of my horse. However when I use to use my leather girth and put the fleece covering over it... it seemed to break down the leather alot faster when I would soak the fleece and put it on. And on hot days my horses really seem to like the extra cool water on them.

But like joe said it depends on the horse..
Corporal likes this.
     
    05-22-2012, 09:30 PM
  #4
Yearling
I am not a long distance rider (yet), but I am a big fan of mohair. I've noticed that my horses come away signifigantly less sweaty with the mohair than even my cotton cinch. I am personally not a fan of neoprene, but it is a matter of opinion.
     
    05-22-2012, 10:52 PM
  #5
Trained
I don't know what to say about the girths, but I do have something to say about the heat. There is no heat in Michigan...........
     
    05-23-2012, 12:35 AM
  #6
Foal
Quote:
Originally Posted by Celeste    
I don't know what to say about the girths, but I do have something to say about the heat. There is no heat in Michigan...........
Oh, we have heat - it's just that we have about 2 days of heat sandwiched between 2 weeks of fabulous weather!
     
    05-23-2012, 12:51 AM
  #7
Trained
Neoprene for me, on all my horses. I'm not a huge endurance rider but I've fiddled with short things in the summer (An excuse to go horse camping and something my older gelding actually enjoys)
     
    05-23-2012, 10:07 AM
  #8
Trained
Quote:
Originally Posted by SunnyK01    
Oh, we have heat - it's just that we have about 2 days of heat sandwiched between 2 weeks of fabulous weather!
Lol. Must be nice. We have about 120 days of heat sandwiched between nice weather mixed with cold...............
Terre likes this.
     
    05-23-2012, 11:46 AM
  #9
Green Broke
I have had terrible experiences with neoprene. I seem to find the super grippy rub-the-skin-right-off-my-horse kind and the super slippery ones. They also seem really hot.

I love mohair but can't find one for my aussie saddle

Fleece often seems to get clumpy really quick and really holds moisture forever. Mind you, I've never used the real stuff, just synthetic.

I'm currently using a endurance specific felt girth. Thin, moisture wicking felt on a durable webbing backing. The felt is velcroed on, so I can wash it in whatever is handy and stick it back on clean. My arab seems to like it, but time will tell...
     
    05-23-2012, 01:15 PM
  #10
Trained
Quote:
Originally Posted by BlueSpark    

I'm currently using a endurance specific felt girth. Thin, moisture wicking felt on a durable webbing backing. The felt is velcroed on, so I can wash it in whatever is handy and stick it back on clean. My arab seems to like it, but time will tell...
Do you the specific names? Maybe a link?
     

Quick Reply
Please help keep the Horse Forum enjoyable by reporting rude posts.
Message:
Options

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:

Log-in

Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.


Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Fencing materials Koolio Barn Maintenance 13 09-24-2010 10:54 AM
Affordable shelter materials Lori1983 Barn Maintenance 13 10-06-2009 10:29 PM
Bit materials... hotreddun Horse Health 2 06-16-2009 06:09 PM
Groundwork Materials savethepitbulls67890 Horse Training 14 05-28-2008 06:40 PM
Flymask from recycled materials Sara Horse Tack and Equipment 8 10-31-2007 07:29 AM



All times are GMT -4. The time now is 05:38 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.5
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.6.0