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    11-14-2011, 09:26 PM
  #1
Weanling
How tight should your girth be

Ok so I've been doing some You tube surfing on this subject and im a bit confused.All I have ever seen is pull as tight as you can to keep the saddle on so when you get on it dosnt slip off.Well these videos show that you are not supposed to pull real tight that you should be able to have some leave way.Well call me a fat butt but if I don't get that thing tight its coming off.So how do you get on a horse with a loose girth.here is one of the videos

     
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    11-14-2011, 09:44 PM
  #2
Weanling
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Originally Posted by Diegosmom    
Ok so I've been doing some You tube surfing on this subject and im a bit confused.All I have ever seen is pull as tight as you can to keep the saddle on so when you get on it dosnt slip off.Well these videos show that you are not supposed to pull real tight that you should be able to have some leave way.Well call me a fat butt but if I don't get that thing tight its coming off.So how do you get on a horse with a loose girth.here is one of the videos

How to Fit Your Horse with a Western Saddle : How to Cinch Tightening Straps on a Western Saddle - YouTube
Sorry, but I really dislike that lady off of "Expert Village".

I personally ride English, and I tighten it up so its one hole beneath the tightest it should go. Its never too loose, and it makes a happy horse (:
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    11-14-2011, 09:45 PM
  #3
Yearling
Fat butt or not, that saddle's coming off! Never in my life have I seen a cinch tightened like that, and I have had my fair deal of loose girth accidents, a few of which have left me under the horse.
     
    11-14-2011, 09:53 PM
  #4
Weanling
Yeah me too that's why I was confused. And that's not the only video I have seen like that. I am all about the well being of mu horse but I'm sorry my safety comes first and I tighten as tight as I can. Looking at your horses feet up close and in action is not my idea of a good ride
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    11-14-2011, 10:12 PM
  #5
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The girth should not be as tight as you can possibly pull it--you should be able to get both hands underneath with a little slack. When you mount, you should not pull on the horn or any other part of the saddle. Either use a mounting block or grab your horse's neck/mane, instead. This will prevent your weight from causing the saddle to slip. Push yourself up from your right leg gracefully, in one fluid movement.
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    11-14-2011, 10:17 PM
  #6
Weanling
Ok so leaving slack amd you are out for a nice run and you do a sudden turn and all I've a sudden you are under your horse. There have been times I am on my horse after tightening the girth as tight as I can and after an hour of riding I get off to do something and it is so loose that I could pull it to one side. So if I hadn't tightened it like I did and left slack like you say. How is that safe.

I'm new at horse owning so that's why I ask
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    11-14-2011, 10:21 PM
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Generally, if you have good balance, the saddle will not slide very far even if your horse jolts to the side. But if you're intending to do something like barrel racing or cutting, yes, you should make your girth extra tight before entering the arena.

Now some horses will "bloat" when you tighten the girth and loosen up as they go along on a ride. So it's never a bad idea to get off and check your girth, retightening if necessary, after riding for a few minutes.
     
    11-14-2011, 10:31 PM
  #8
Weanling
Ok. That explains it for me. I don't have great balance. It's something I have been working on. That's why I opted for a smooth walking horse over anything else. I just feel more comfortable knowing that saddle isn't going anywhere. Maybe one day I won't feel that way. I know they bloat so that's why I always try to get a good tight fit the first time so when they let the air out I don't tompal off. Thanks for the info
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    11-14-2011, 10:58 PM
  #9
Weanling
I make sure I can get a couple fingers but still cinched tight but I have heard that riding in too loose a cinch (which I used to do thinking it would be more comfortable to my horse) can actually cause it to rub as it slips/slides around and cause more discomfort to the horse? Interested in everyones replies....
     
    11-14-2011, 11:12 PM
  #10
Foal
Not saying I can do it now (in fact, I know I can't)...but in college I had to mount a horse up, from the ground, no girth. That's right. NONE. We got three tries.

And you know what. On my third try I did it (the first two failed attempts were due to the horse moving off as I was mounting up). I've always been a heavier rider...and the mare I was doing this on for my test out (final exam) was a round, roly poly morgan pony cross with no withers. Yet I still did it. Our teacher said that if you mount up correctly, the saddle should not move at all. He didn't want us pulling ourselves up.

Everyone in my class was able to do it within their three tries. It was kinda neat that we were able to do it.

Edit to add: we didnt ride without the girth though, it was just mount up. Sit there for a second, dismount.
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