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post #1 of 16 Old 03-25-2011, 05:47 AM Thread Starter
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Gonna test out a STUBBEN! Need a li'l advice

So, I'm gonna have my hubby pick it up for me on the way home (leaving his saddle there as collateral) and alto she's including the leathers and irons, there is no girth.

I have NO idea what size to get.

I also have NO IDEA what size Western Girth I have now... The off billet and cinch strap can make a huge difference in the girth size too. Not so much on an English saddle. So, how do I know what size to get her? I'm thinking 54. Any particular kind or just go with the cheapest for the trial?

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I have no idea how big Chili is, but for most "average" size horses, it was my experience with my Stubben that a 46-48 fit most horses. As far as type-if you are looking for an English saddle anyway, I would get a good one. I always used leather, sometimes used a fleece cover, but I am not a fan of artificial stuff, like neoprene, etc....I prefer elastic on at least one end, preferably both.

FYI-a 54 is what I use on my draft X who is pretty big, so unless Chili is on the large size, that would most likely be too large. You could always get several and take back what doesn't work....

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I have no idea how big Chili is, but for most "average" size horses, it was my experience with my Stubben that a 46-48 fit most horses. As far as type-if you are looking for an English saddle anyway, I would get a good one. I always used leather, sometimes used a fleece cover, but I am not a fan of artificial stuff, like neoprene, etc....I prefer elastic on at least one end, preferably both.

FYI-a 54 is what I use on my draft X who is pretty big, so unless Chili is on the large size, that would most likely be too large. You could always get several and take back what doesn't work....
She's fairly large. 4 finger spine clearance. wide backed and big fat round belly. I like the idea of getting a few but finding just ONE maybe an issue where I live....

I asked about a "good" one only bc if I don't get the saddle, I've only spent xx$$ instead of xxx$$, yanno? Also, which is better suited for a rider who has difficulty with cinching due to arthritis? (me)

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I just tried and bought a stubben saddle recently. My horse is a very big boned 17 hh TB that weighs about 1300 to 1400 lbs right now. I bought a size 54 girth and could hardly get it in the first hole....arthritic fingers. Went back for a 56 that should fit better. Out local tack shop sells the Kincaide for twenty seven dollars and the Shire for about 36 dollars. These are the ones that are fabric on top and wooly fleece on the bottom. The better sheepskin ones run about $80.00 and up.

You might get someone to measure the saddle from billet to billet and then measue all around the horse to get some idea of what size range you might need.

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The girth will depend on barrel of your horse and length of the billets. Are you getting dressage or CC/AP saddle (sorry may be I missed it)? I have 24" girth for my dressage saddle, 48" for my A/P. Both Pro-Choice (I LOVE the brand, but its not the cheapest one).

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Kitten - it's a jumping saddle.

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My 900 lb Arabian uses a 26" or 28" cinch on the Circle Y, but a 44" girth on the jump saddle and a 46" on the AP saddle (both Bates). I have no idea how consistent that is with other brands.
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Then yes 44 - 48 range for the girth. If horse is on bigger side (I believe she is, right?) go with 48. BTW, if you plan on returning the girth wrap is before you use it (unless your horse was bathed just before the ride). Their bellies are so dusty - my girth ALWAYS goes dirty when I ride.

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i'd agree - the "normal" or "average" sized horse will typically use between a 44-48" girth for a close contact or ap saddle. my 17hh 1400lb gelding wears a 54" jump girth and a 32" dressage girth. where as the 14.2hh 950lb mare i had wore a 44" jump girth. it's all going to depend on the saddle and the horse.
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Wellllll. My hubby was supposed to take his saddle with him this morning and give it to her as collateral this afternoon but he forgot it, so now I have to wait til Monday or Tuesday... BUT she said she may have a girth (unsure if it will fit Chili but it will at least give me an idea of what size I'll need).

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