Measuring for a english girth

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    07-19-2010, 08:38 AM
Measuring for a english girth

I bought a nice, used english saddle that fits both Scotch and Kubie (and me!)--I'm so excited! It came with a 46" girth that is way too short for either of them. I had my brother hold a tape measure at the middle of the billets on one side, while I went to the middle of the other side of the saddle. Is this how you measure for an english girth?

I was just reading, and some people measure from the second hole in the billet, while others measure from farther up. From the middle billet hole (in between the 3rd and 4th holes), it looks like a 52" girth might fit both of them. Would this be too long though, since we measured from farther up the billets?

Thanks for your help!
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    07-19-2010, 10:45 AM
Oops, I meant I measured between the 2nd and 3rd holes. There are 5 total on each billet.
    07-19-2010, 06:41 PM
That depends. Are your horses going to lose weight as you ride them? I would say to go with a 50, because girths do stretch over time as well (leather ones, anyways).
    07-19-2010, 07:04 PM
Keep in mind that you will be "tightening" the girth so a loose tape measure is going to give you a larger size then you need.

A few questions:
What size horses do you have?
What type of a saddle is it? The billets are longer/shorter on different saddles...

My TB/WB wears a 48 but you would never know and think he wears larger.

If you measure a "52" I would go with a 50 to make sure that you can tighten it and not have it to be to big.
    07-19-2010, 07:14 PM
It is SO hard! Also, I have found that every "52" is NOT a 52! They are like clothes to some extent, which makes it pretty frustrating. I have a guy who takes a 54 with an extender, and I have been unable to find one that really fits. (of course a grazing muzzle would help!) I would order or purchase a couple from someplace that has a great return policy!
    07-20-2010, 10:39 AM
I don't think my horses are going to loose much for weight. Scotch and Kubie are roughly the same size--Scotch is about 100lbs more than Kubie (who is a bit underweight right now). Scotch is 1100 and Kubie is 1000, according to my weight tape. They are both stock type horses.

My saddle is an all purpose and the billets are about a foot long. I have a couple of good tack shops in my area, and I will be sure to check their return policy before purchasing. Thanks for the tip--I was about to order online.

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