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    04-07-2013, 11:23 AM
Best Dressage Girth

I'm trying out a Thornhill Dressage saddle today. If it works for me and my horse, I will also need to buy a girth and saddle pad.

For Western riding, I use a Weaver Airflow cinch and 100% wool pad.

What does everyone recommend for dressage? It seems most Dressage pads are similar, but I'm very confused about the girth.
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    04-07-2013, 04:17 PM
What Thornhill are you getting? I have Vienna for several years already.

With the girth - it really depends. I tried nice pricey Nunn Finer in Dec (was hoping to have it as b-day present), and it didn't work for me - it rubbed. Looks like most girths I tried rub my mares. I've been using Pro-Choice Pro Choice SMX Dressage Girth | Dover Saddlery for several years and so far so good and no rubbing (the bottom is wearing out that's why I was looking into the new one). It does NOT look as nice as those leather ones though. :) But I don't care.

BTW, I LOVE Fenwick dressage pads as well as Back on Track. If you can afford one that is little more pricey (then those for $20) I highly recommend those 2.
    04-07-2013, 05:33 PM
I second the back on track pads! ;)

As far as girths go. I tried four different ones on my gelding before finding one that doesn't rub or fit funny. This is the one i've been using and i'd say it's quite cost effective as well:
Lettia Coolmax Fleece Dressage Girth - Dressage Girths from SmartPak Equine

My mare is ridden with this girth and I think it's wonderful but a bit higher price point:
Professional's Choice SMx Comfort-Fit Dressage Girth - Dressage Girths from SmartPak Equine

My next girth will be this one as i'm so in love with thinline products:
ThinLine Dressage Girth - Dressage Girths from SmartPak Equine
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    04-07-2013, 09:03 PM
I a soft touch girth and love it. It's very soft and doesn't chafe or rub.

Classic Equine Soft Touch Straight Dressage Girth - Quality Tack at Outlet Prices - VTO Saddlery
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    04-08-2013, 05:23 PM
Originally Posted by eventer16    
I a soft touch girth and love it. It's very soft and doesn't chafe or rub.

Classic Equine Soft Touch Straight Dressage Girth - Quality Tack at Outlet Prices - VTO Saddlery
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this girth is the only girth i've had that has chafed my gelding. I have yet to figure out why.
    04-09-2013, 02:57 AM
I like these:

Prestige shaped girth
Prestige anatomic girth
Passier elastic girth
Mattes shaped girth

Apparently the Nunn Finer girths are nice, although I haven't tried them myself. If you have a more limited budget, the Passier neoprene girth and the Wintec girths are very nice. Some people prefer them over any of the more expensive girths.
    04-10-2013, 01:16 PM
Originally Posted by crimsonsky    
my next girth will be this one as i'm so in love with thinline products:
ThinLine Dressage Girth - Dressage Girths from SmartPak Equine
I researched this one (before trying Nunn Finer), but have seen quite negative opinions about it (the thinline part is VERY thin there and wearing out quite quickly). If you decide on one, please share your experience.

Sorry for highjacking the thread... :)
    04-10-2013, 01:32 PM
Your best bet is to go with a high quality leather girth.
I have a Schleese girth and its very nice and ergonomically shaped and doesn't interfere with the shoulder.
I have also a Jaguar girth which is less shaped, but works well on horses with less movement.

Look for something that is quite skinny in the shoulder/elbow area, doesn't have a lot of elastic, no neoprene, no cheap or fake sheepskin, and a high quality, thick leather. If you do go for sheepskin, go genuine and make sure it is removable and washable. But remember some horses are sensitive to it.

Good luck!
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    04-10-2013, 09:11 PM
Started has some nice looking leather girths and I've been very happy with their products. Too bad they aren't having 50% off codes.
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    04-12-2013, 11:44 PM
Green Broke
I splurged for a County Logic girth a few months ago and LOVE it. I started looking into anatomically shaped girths because my horse's girth groove sits a little forward of where a straight girth falls. I tried the Prestige Anatomic Dressage Girth first, but found that the keepers were a little too far down and the billets weren't making it far enough into them to be kept in place; that would be OK for a cheap girth, but not when I'm spending that much.

I'm sure it's not entirely because of the girth alone, but my horse was quite girthy when I first got the Logic. Since then he's gotten less and less girthy until a few weeks ago I noticed he wasn't girthy at all anymore!
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