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    06-23-2010, 04:42 PM
Finding a new girth

So my current girth is giving my mare sores on hot days when she gets super sweaty. The girth is a simple, cheap all leather dressage girth that I got used at a tack sale. The problem is that my mare is super tiny, so finding one that fits is a problem. The one I use currently is an 18" and I had to add holes to make it fit.
I was thining of adding a fleece cover but the area that rubs is the area directly under the buckles, so I'm not sure that a cover would work. Does anybody know where I can get a 18" or smaller girth for a reasonable price (new or used is fine)? I looked at Just For Ponies but everything in the right size is too expensive for me right now.
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    06-23-2010, 04:43 PM
Pony girths might be the way to go.
What is your price range?
If you want to make/buy a girth cover, consider going with a natural fiber like sheepskin; it's a far superior material to fleece.
    06-23-2010, 04:46 PM
I have been looking for pony girths but can't seem to find any. My price range is probably anything under 50 dollars but I can spend more if nessesary. I am trying to save money for a new saddle, but it looks like I need to get a new girth for my current saddle and new breeches first.

On a side note, does anybody know a good place to get petite or short breeches?
    06-23-2010, 05:04 PM
Green Broke
What about this one?
    06-23-2010, 05:08 PM
That link isn't working on my computer. It comes up with an error when I click it.

Do you think it would be possible to make a girth cover that goes over the area under the buckles but doesn't interfere with buckles themself?
    06-23-2010, 05:48 PM
Green Broke
I don't see why not.

You just want to make a slip to cover the underneath but not the buckles?
    06-23-2010, 06:24 PM
Well my girth looks very similar to this Unionville Dressage Girth 14'' - 26'' except not so fancy. The area directly under the buckles is whats rubbing I think. So I'm just trying to picture a slip cover that would work with it. Do you think that just making a slip cover with holes for the buckles on either side would work? And maybe holes for the keepers? I don't sow at all but my sister is really good at sowing so if I can come up with a simple design (and how complicated can a slip cover be?) she should be able to make something for me.
    06-23-2010, 06:42 PM
Green Broke
A slip cover has to be easy. I don't sew except by hand. The rest of my family does..I just never got there. I kinda wish I knew how because sewing by hand is a pain!

Looks like you have a very basic girth and if you make holes for the buckles and whatnot I think it would work out well! Just make sure you get good mateial. Don't get the thin stuff because it will wear down fast.
You know how people make tail bags for their horses? Well I'm kinda picturing that except it having two open sides instead of one and you would just need to cut holes for the buckles keepers. If the slip doesn't stay in place put stitch the slip to the girth. You can always cut the stitches if you don't want it there anymore.
You could also make lots of covers and have different colors!
    06-23-2010, 06:49 PM
What kind of material were you thinking of? It won't cost a lot no matter what material I get because I could probably get away with 1/4 yard or less of fabric.
    06-23-2010, 07:01 PM
Green Broke
Well I was thinking more of a fleece type fabic or maybe even felt might work. Go to your local fabric shop or walmart in the fabric section. Ask them for absorbent fabric since your horse will get warm and sweat you want something to wisk away the moisture.

Does that make sense?

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