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post #1 of 8 Old 11-02-2011, 02:03 PM Thread Starter
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English girth with no elastic? Good or bad?

I'm looking on ebay and I found this really really nice leather girth, but it doesn't have elastic on either side? The brand is Crump, which I believe is a decent brand. I've only ever used girths that had elastic on one or both sides, Is it harder to get it tight(or can you make it too tight) with a girth with no elastic? I really like the look of the girth and it would compliment my saddle so nicely lol
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post #2 of 8 Old 11-02-2011, 09:46 PM
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There really isn't a whole lot of difference, other than there is not as much give when you are trying to tighten your girth and when your horse is moving. On the plus side, they do not stretch out over time the way elastic does, so girths like this will last forever.

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post #3 of 8 Old 11-02-2011, 10:32 PM
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Neither of my English girths have elastic. Neither does my Aussie. Never had a problem tightening any of them. I don't think I would want elastic as it would just wear out anyway.
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Thanks, I had never seen one that didn't have elastic on one or both sides before so I wasn't sure if that was good or bad or just a personal preference type thing lol. I just bought it, hopefully it's decent quality eBay - New & used electronics, cars, apparel, collectibles, sporting goods & more at low prices I think I have a thing for brown leather with white stitching, I seem to be drawn to it lol
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post #5 of 8 Old 11-04-2011, 02:16 PM
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It's mainly preference I think. I prefer elastic on both ends because that is what works with my horse. I have used elastic less jumping girths on other horses and it didn't have much give and didn't work for me. But it's what you prefer and what works for your horse.
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post #6 of 8 Old 11-04-2011, 10:07 PM
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I personally can't stand girths without double ended elastics.
Honestly, it takes awhile for the elastic to wear out, so it's not like you're replacing girths all the time.

I've found it's just easier on everything. Less tug and pull on their backs trying to tighten, more spring instead of being locked in, and nicer on the billets of your saddle.

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post #7 of 8 Old 11-05-2011, 08:36 PM
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I use professional's choice elastic girths on all my saddles. unlike other elastic girths that acctually have elastic on both ends. elastic girths can be tightened too much and cause sores. however if the person is knowledgeable enough to know how to properly tighten an elastic it can be the best thing ever. why struggle? i hope this helped...
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post #8 of 8 Old 11-05-2011, 08:41 PM
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I hate girth without elastics, murder tightening those up! I have a girth without an elastic I would give it to you, in fact I would pay you to take it away (except my dressage one, it's ok w/o elastic because I don't use it that often).
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