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    01-25-2009, 10:41 PM
Gel Girths. Opinions?

I'm looking at getting a gel girth for my horse, in particular the one below
Kinade Gel Dressage Girth Brand New 90cm - eBay Saddle Parts, Accessories, Equipment, Horse Riding, Sport. (end time 28-Jan-09 18:51:40 AEDST)
But before I got it I just wanted some opinions.
I'm looking at getting a new girth as the one one I have is very basic, just a $20 standard anti-gall girth, and I want something that's a bit comfier, hence the gel idea. BUT... are they really more comfy?
I like the idea of the shaped girths that widen in the middle to disperse the pressure over a wider area, and I was also wondering about girths with elastic ends, do they benefit the horse or not...etc etc.
Thanks in advance guys!
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    01-26-2009, 02:00 PM
My experience with gel girths isn't too good. My horses got chafed/sores from them. I prefer fleece girths. Dover has reasonably priced fleece girths and so does SmartPak Equine. If I were you, I would go for one of those. Kincade is not that great of a brand, In my experience. Their items wear quickly and are not too comfortable. As for the idea of contoured girths, it is an excellent idea. Although the good sheepskin or fleece contoured girths cost a lot more: example: Mattes.
    01-26-2009, 04:52 PM
Thanks for that! I read a review yesterday that said to steer clear of them, and you just confirmed it for me.
What do you think of this girth?
Wintec Pro Elastic Dressage Girth, Wintec Chafeless Elastic Dressage Girth, Wintec Elastic Dressage Girth - Wintec Dressage Girths - Freedom Rider Tack Shop
    01-26-2009, 08:51 PM
The Wintecs are alright. There are reasonably priced girths from SmartPak Equine called "Lettia" girths. They are really nice. They are made of this CoolMax Material that prevents overheating/sweat build-up. I paid $35 for mine and it's machine washable.
    01-26-2009, 11:12 PM
Well... I guess I'm just a contradictory little bugger in this thread. XD

My mom got a gel "sleeve" type thing that fits over the dressage girth she has. The sleeve stays on great (I sometimes forget the girth wasn't made as a gel girth). We haven't had any experiences with rubbing etc and it has held up very well over the two or three years we've had it. If you're at all interested I could try to figure out what the brand is. I think it's something sort of random. That's just my two cents on the gel girth business.

I don't know much about contoured girths, so I won't offer commentary. ;)

As to elastic, I definitely recommend a girth with elastic on both sides. They are far easier to fasten on snugly and provide some give. The girth I currently use on my pony and have been using for the past three years or so is one with elastic on both sides. It's made from synthetic fleece and nylon. It isn't as pretty as it was at one time, but fully functional. A riding school I worked at used these girths exclusively, as they were cost-effective and comfortable for the horses. I've posted a link to the girth below:

Equalizer Comfort Girth - Dover Saddlery

This one also appears very similar:
Nylon Fleece Girth

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