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post #1 of 13 Old 08-30-2013, 05:59 PM Thread Starter
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Question Do Up The Girth From The Right?

I'm not an expert (at anything) by any means, but I always thought I had a pretty good handle on putting my tack on. For all the years that I'v been riding I've always been taught to do up the girth starting with the buckles that don't have elastic. No one has ever told me to do up the girth on the right side of the horse until recently, not even the certified dressage trainer I rode with a few years ago. Is there a reason why some people say do it up on the right? Does it even matter?

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I've never heard that one side is the "correct" side to tighten the girth from. I've certainly seen plenty of people leave the girth attached on one side when they take the saddle off, and only tighten the other side (usually the left) when they put it back on.

I'm a little picky with how I girth up my horse since he came to me very girthy and it took us a long time to work through that. I never leave my girth attached to my saddle- Once the saddle is on his back, I attach it loosely on both sides and then tighten it one hole at a time, alternating sides. I also only use girths that have elastic on both sides. I've never liked the ones with elastic only on one side- it doesn't seem like it's really possible to get even pressure across the whole thing with that setup I have seen plenty of long English girths that have elastic on one side only, but I don't think I've ever seen a dressage girth like that (maybe that's why the dressage trainer never said anything?)
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I never leave my girth attached to my saddle- Once the saddle is on his back, I attach it loosely on both sides and then tighten it one hole at a time, alternating sides.
I do it the same way. Mainly because I stack my English saddles (due to a small tack area) and I can't stand seeing the girths hang down or fold the leather on my saddle up.

I was just confused when I was told you always put the girth on from the right.

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I, as well, never knew there was a 'right' side when it came to girthing. I always thought it more important that the girth buckles are balanced to the same distance on each side and to girth up slowly. Certainly with the elasticized girths, it's easier to do the last adjustment on the elastic side (I've only ever had girths with elastic on one side (not both) and that was put on the near side of the saddle) but other than that I can't see how that logic is meant to work.
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I was taught to always start with the right side, which is the side the not elastic part of the girth belongs. Just like you start on the right side with a western saddle. I was told to snug up the right side of an English girth first, to keep the saddle even since you cannot tighten the not elastic side after the girth is already snug, and then do the final tightening on the left side.

In all honesty it probably doesn't matter anymore than getting on only from the left side does, but I like the routine of having everything on one side.
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I've taught both of my horses to be mounted and dismounted from the left and right side, just in case there's ever a real need to, I'd like them to be able to do that, and I don't usually carry a sword with me, although I do normally mount from the left just out of habit. I've never been one for routine ...

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I've taught both of my horses to be mounted and dismounted from the left and right side, just in case there's ever a real need to, I'd like them to be able to do that, and I don't usually carry a sword with me, although I do normally mount from the left just out of habit. I've never been one for routine ...

Really?? I never go riding without my sword.
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Really?? I never go riding without my sword.
I'm just really not with the times anymore

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I'm just really not with the times anymore
It's all the rage these days
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It's all the rage these days
Well then, I guess I'll just have to dust mine off!
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