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    07-03-2013, 03:10 PM

Hey all! I recently picked up a foregirth for my horse. We go swimming often and he's an Appy with no mane, and he apparently prefers to rear up and bunny hop back to shore rather than paddle back, when he's in the mood, so I needed something with a handle. (We ride bareback).
The foregirth I have has a an arch over the top, and instead of "hooks", it has two wedges, making it acceptable for bareback work.
Anywho, I really have never even heard of a foregirth before. I've never seen them in any books nor come across them ever. The only reason I have one is because I was at a sale and happened to see it for $10, and I figured why not?.
How are they made? What's the difference between the types and how they're used? (With arch, no arch, hooks, wedges, etc.). How are they specifically used? How are they supposed to be fitted? Comfort level? Anything else?
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    07-03-2013, 06:26 PM
Sounds like an anti-cast roller to me.

Some bright spark thought up 'fore girths' without taking the horse's anatomy into account, purportedly to anchor saddles which moved about in front, or slipped back. Problem was he forgot equines had shoulder blades, which needed to move if they were to go anywhere.

If you're using it in a roller's normal position as a grab handle, stick with it. Otherwise, throw it in the trashcan of bad ideas ;)
    07-05-2013, 11:35 AM

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