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post #1 of 10 Old 01-09-2013, 11:11 PM Thread Starter
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Making a surcingle form girths

I am thinking about trying to make a surcingle from 2 girths possibly. Does anyone have any other suggestions? Do you think this would be ok and work alright?
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post #2 of 10 Old 01-11-2013, 06:47 AM
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Not sure what you want the surcingle to do but you usually need a tab as well as a buckle, which you wont have unless you're cutting up leather girths.

IMO you'd be better off getting a length of car seatbelt web from a breaker's yard and attaching tab and buckle to that (maybe cut up an old leather waistbelt if the buckle is plain and good quality?) It's about the right width, you can cut it to exactly the length you want and it'll never break.

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Not sure what you want the surcingle to do but you usually need a tab as well as a buckle, which you wont have unless you're cutting up leather girths.

IMO you'd be better off getting a length of car seatbelt web from a breaker's yard and attaching tab and buckle to that (maybe cut up an old leather waistbelt if the buckle is plain and good quality?) It's about the right width, you can cut it to exactly the length you want and it'll never break.
Ok I had not thought about that. I will look around and see if I can find anthing local.
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post #4 of 10 Old 01-11-2013, 09:34 AM
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Im going to second the seatbelt web.
But, I have a surcingle for sale brand new for $20 if you'd like an actual one. It has all the rings and the shoulder "pads" so you don't need a saddle pad under it.
I can't see the reason for a surcingle without the rings to use.. O.o
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Iseul. The one with rings is often called a roller in other parts of the world.

A surcingle to me is a strip of stretchy elsatic that goes round the horses body and holds a rug in place.
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Ooh, learn somethin new everyday. :p

Not to get off topic of the thread, but what's the need to just hold a rug in place..?
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It's not a good idea. I bought one for $30, it has a lot of rings and is all ready padded.
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post #8 of 10 Old 01-11-2013, 11:33 AM
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When I taught my pony to line drive, so nothing attached - the only reason I used my "surcingle" was something to have something for the lines to run through. What I did was used a long polo wrap and two D rings (sewing stores sell packs of them) I wrapped it around and tied it (making sure to keep it smooth). All I used it for was something to run the lines through though. But if that's all you need it for I'm sure you could do the same thing :)
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Strictly speaking a surcingle's just a strap to hold something in place -a rug or something over the saddle, usually, though one that goes over the saddle (eventers and showjumpers often fit them for extra security if they use double elastic-end girths) tends to be called an 'overgirth' nowadays.

The one with rings is usually termed a 'roller' and these generally have pads which sit either side of the spine to reduce pressure there as Faye says. And some have a three-quarter circle iron fitting joining the pads so a stabled horse can't roll itself right over and get stuck against one wall, thus 'anti-cast roller' :)

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Ooh, learn somethin new everyday. :p

Not to get off topic of the thread, but what's the need to just hold a rug in place..?
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Some rugs, perticularly show rugs and some very expensive velvet rugs do not come with any straps that go under the belly. When travelling or using it over night in the stable you need something to hold the rug in place and stop it from rotating
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