Tack experts, help! Out of these 2 girths, which would be better for her?

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    08-06-2012, 10:06 PM
Exclamation Tack experts, help! Out of these 2 girths, which would be better for her?

My tack has a slight issue. When the saddle sits correctly on my horse's back (anotherwards not too far forward or back), the girth sits way too far back, not even on the girth line. I need to get a different shaped girth to accomodate that fit. My saddle fitter suggested the new girth.

However, it has been months and I still haven't gotten a new girth. I was wondering which of the following girths would be better for our situation. I really don't know and I'd like to purchase one of them ASAP.

The first one (Premium Contoured Padded Leather Girth - 48" | eBay) is a very unique and pronounced shape that will kind of swivel into the girth line. This girth is a lot thinner than the other one that I'm about to show you.

The second one (Tekna Pressure-Eze Girth - Statelinetack.com) looks like it would be very comfortable for my horse, but I'm just not sure if the shape will be pronounced enough to fit in her girth line. That's the biggest queestion with this one. I do kind of like that it is synthetic. Would it be acceptable for showing? I don't show yet but I would like to do local and schooling shows in the future so what do you think?

I would really appreciate your opinion, whether it's quick (ex: I LIKE THE FIRST BETTER) or you have time to explain why you like the one that you do for our situation. Thanks. :)
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    08-07-2012, 02:01 AM
Well, I don't know which one would be better, but I like the Tekna one because it's wider. I also have a Tekna A4 saddle so I'm slightly biased. I'll tell you this much, I show in my saddle at local shows and I've had no problems. Larger shows I might get a nicer leather one, but for now synthetic is good. A girth would be easier to hide than my saddle though. The only problem is the brown Tekna tack is more difficult to match to leather as it is quite brown.
    08-07-2012, 08:08 AM
What is the brand of the 1st one? I'd consider $70 to be quite low for the leather quality girth. While I'd say 1st one, I'm not positive how good the leather is. From what I've heard (feedback and some research) Tekna seems to be a nice brand though (although I must admit I never used their girth).
    08-07-2012, 01:18 PM
Yes, I have no idea what brand it is. I'd really like to get the nice Dover Circuit contour girth with the elastic on both sides but it's just very expensive.. almost $200 for the girth. I know it might not be expensive to everyone but to me it's a tough buy, you know what I mean? I'm just not sure if the Tekna girth would fix the problem enough, although my assumption is that it will be much more comfortable.
    08-07-2012, 01:35 PM
Changing girths will not change it's position on the horse's rib cage. If you force it to sit behind the elbows it will drag your saddle forward.
    08-07-2012, 02:57 PM
I mean that's what my saddle fitter told me, that basically my girth changing would fix where the girth fits.
    08-07-2012, 04:57 PM
$200 for the girth is expensive for many people (me including). Personally I prefer quality synthetic brand name over the crappy leather no-name one.
    08-07-2012, 05:09 PM
I have received a patent pending on a new cinch, I am using polyethylene, closed cell, cross linked foam as the padding. But I am having trouble deciding what to cover the padding with. Cotton? Felt? Fleece? Anyone have any suggestions?
    08-07-2012, 11:24 PM
Yeah Kitten_val, I know what you mean. It is expensive for me too but oh my gosh, I had a horrible time tonight trying to fit the girth over the line too far back, if that makes any sense. UGH.

I emailed my saddle fitter and she explained that once my girl and I select a discipline, we should purchase a saddle that fits properly. She said that the synthetic girth will not go back far enough to sit properly, that I should simply wait for the Dover Circuit Comfort Contour that I love (not the one above, a different one with a similar shape that is good quality). Thanks for the advice everyone.

And, Littlefilly, I honestly don't know, but some people love fleece, soft, squishy, and comfy. I honestly am a sucker for leather products, but pleather or another artificial material like that might be good too. Good luck with that!

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