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post #1 of 13 Old 07-17-2012, 02:05 PM Thread Starter
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Should I purchase this new contoured girth or not?

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A few months ago, I had the saddle fitter come and speak to me about how my tack was currently fitting... haha well yes, that makes sense.

Anyway. She suggested I purchase a contoured girth similar to this one: Pessoa Contoured Girth | Dover Saddlery

The way my horse is built, her girth sits too far back on her. I've been riding in it for a while, and the saddle fits fine, but it isn't sitting on the "girth line" like it should be. I wasn't going to purchase this exact girth, and I am still using a regular "straightish" girth now... but I want to know if you would suggest purchasing the girth or if it really won't make much of a difference, what you think...

It's an expensive investment. It's worth it if it will help out, but I don't want to purchase something super expensive if it won't make a difference at all, if that makes sense. My saddle fitter was the only person to tell me that it would help. No one else has ever criticized my girth fit.

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I got a cheaper one by Ovation (for $30 or $40), because my horse's girth line is too far back, and have to say didn't notice much of a difference with my straight girth. :(

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I got a cheaper one by Ovation (for $30 or $40), because my horse's girth line is too far back, and have to say didn't notice much of a difference with my straight girth. :(
Really? Do you have any pictures of the difference or no? Hahahahah you probably don't go around taking pictures of your girth lines so if you don't have any it's understandable. I mean, I totally want my horse to be comfortable, that is SO important to me. But I could put the money towards a new saddle that will be a much bigger difference than this $170 girth.. I would be purchasing the Circuit brand. And just curiously, do you have the link to the Ovation?

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Rigging that sits directly under the midpoint of the saddle is termed "centerfire" rigging, and each position toward the horn is given a different fraction: 5/8, 3/4, or 7/8. Note that Full and often 7/8 rigging requires a back cinch to keep the saddle from tipping forward in certain riding environments. This is for western saddles. Changing girths likely won't make any difference as you are dealing with how your horse is built.
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Rigging that sits directly under the midpoint of the saddle is termed "centerfire" rigging, and each position toward the horn is given a different fraction: 5/8, 3/4, or 7/8. Note that Full and often 7/8 rigging requires a back cinch to keep the saddle from tipping forward in certain riding environments. This is for western saddles. Changing girths likely won't make any difference as you are dealing with how your horse is built.

Right, and we do English, the big change that we did was put a leg wrap underneath the saddle pommel to lift it up since it was a little wide... I notice that my horse gets somewhat girthy sometimes but I think that's just because she doesn't like the girth. She doesn't get girthy where she starts bucking, she just starts wiggling around in her cross ties. And I know the saddle is fitting correctly.

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Really? Do you have any pictures of the difference or no? Hahahahah you probably don't go around taking pictures of your girth lines so if you don't have any it's understandable. I mean, I totally want my horse to be comfortable, that is SO important to me. But I could put the money towards a new saddle that will be a much bigger difference than this $170 girth.. I would be purchasing the Circuit brand. And just curiously, do you have the link to the Ovation?
No pics unfortunately. My saddle fitter suggested that girth (I believe it's this one: Ovation™ Gel Body Form Dressage Girth | Dover Saddlery ), but as I said I didn't notice too much of a difference. Frankly I like my Pro-Choice more, so I keep Ovation as a spare in my trailer.

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Ahhh alright. I see. Thanks so much.
And yeah, $30 or $40 bucks is a lot more affordable to me than getting a $170 contoured girth that won't make a difference. I have some thinking to do on that one. I think I might get some more opinions from people at the barn and ask what they think. Thanks (:

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Could you may be borrow one to try? I keep in my own place, so besides my (very nice) neighbor I don't have anyone to borrow from, but in the big barn some people may have what you are looking at.

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Interesting comments.

It's usually big-fronted horses that cause problems with girth positions. One customer with an ID rang me because her new saddle caused a lump on its back. Turned out she thought the saddle was positioned correctly when the girth hung vertically, which put the saddle on top of her horse's withers (!)

IME there are some horses which benefit from a shaped girth, but only if their belly profile is such the saddle tends to move forward onto the back of the shoulders. And in most big-fronted animals I find the saddle tends to go back, simply because they are so deep through the chest.

Personally I've never tried a contoured girth on my own nags and stick with angling the girth forward if necessary. So it's difficult to be completely subjective :)

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You know, I haven't even thought about trying someone else's. I guess I just have been so focused on my saddlefitter's opinion.

And I really can't tell if it would be necessary or not. ://

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