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post #1 of 6 Old 11-09-2011, 11:01 AM Thread Starter
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Girth cover?

I'm considering making Lacey a girth cover (for her dressage girth) just because it would be cute and because each time we go riding, as we come back, the girth (it's neoprene) start squeaking on her side because of the sweat which I imagine doesn't feel great.

But, I'm not sure if there's any reason why I should not use a girth cover. Maybe there's knowledge all other horse people have that I don't, or something, I don't know.

So are there pros and cons to a girth cover? Or just the pro of it being cute? haha

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post #2 of 6 Old 11-09-2011, 11:47 AM
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If it wrinkles, sores can quickly develop. I don't like neoprene because it makes the girth area very hot and can cause the skin to break down. My preference would be a good, not cheap, leather girth.
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I think it all depends on what works for you and your situation. Every horse is different and while some have problems with some items, others done. I would choose a fabric that is absorbent to help stave off discomfort. Make sure any hardware is on the outside. There are things you can put in to keep it from bunching like the synthetic fish bone or something similar...on the non horse side of course.
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If you want to make a girth cover, make sure the fabric is absorbent and will not slip or bunch to make her uncomfortable or sore her. It needs to be able to be secured into place. Make sure to keep excess fabric at a minimum.

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post #5 of 6 Old 11-09-2011, 03:31 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the help!

I'd prefer a leather girth as well but I can't afford to spend a whole lot and since Lacey seems to go through saddles at an amazing rate (she just keeps changing shapes, darn horse!) I can't really justify spending money I barely have to get a girth that she may or may not need in a year or two.

I was thinking of using no-pill fleece (I think I've seen that used as a girth cover before) and sewing the ends over in such a way that the girth buckles are against fleece as well (basically, creating little pockets on the ends of the cover for the girth ends) and hopefully eliminating any slippage/wrinkling.

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post #6 of 6 Old 11-10-2011, 06:56 AM
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You can buy colored terry cloth or fleece stretchy socks for $10 most places. I use one on my over girth on my Aussi saddle.
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