Whats your fav. girth type? - The Horse Forum

View Poll Results: What's your favorite type of girth? (western)
Mohair 2 11.76%
Neoprene 4 23.53%
Fleece Lined 7 41.18%
Felt Lined 1 5.88%
Wool Lined 1 5.88%
Other 2 11.76%
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post #1 of 9 Old 09-06-2008, 09:27 PM Thread Starter
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Whats your fav. girth type?

I've been using the same neoprene girth for a couple years now. It's been used on 3 different horses and I've never had a problem with it untill now. It's starting to rub my mare. She's rode with it before but I don't think it's been alot, I mainly ride her english but not anymore. Anyways, so I'm needing to buy a new girth that won't rub her.

I'm thinking about getting a felt lined one, but I'm not sure because it would be harder to keep clean.

I know alot of people like the "pure" mohair but I'm worried it would pinch her.

So what's your favorite type?

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post #2 of 9 Old 09-06-2008, 11:09 PM
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Fleece lined synthetic with elastic at both ends.

Fleece keeps the girth from rubbing.
Synthetic, easy to clean.
Elastic at both ends means the girth equalizes pressure on both ends.


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post #3 of 9 Old 09-07-2008, 12:41 AM
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Same reasons as JDI :)
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post #4 of 9 Old 09-07-2008, 08:02 AM
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I used mohair/cotton string girths (English) for years and never had a problem. Easy to wash, and the saddle never ever slipped. But my mare has gotten crabby over the years about girthing, so I switched to a Thorogood Airflow (synthetic waffle texture) with elastic ends. She's much happier, and it's easy to clean.

If your horse is getting rubbed, I expect the fleece lined girth is your answer.
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post #5 of 9 Old 09-07-2008, 08:51 AM
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Re: Whats your fav. girth type?

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I mainly ride her english but not anymore.
Does that mean you ride Western now? In any case, I used Professional choice neoprene girths for years. They were OK but seemed to created a lot of heat so I switched to a Weaver Smart Girth made of mohair. I like it much better for my horses. It breathes, and wicks the sweat away which the synthetics can't do.

As for cleaning, the synthetics are easier to clean but I was more interested in my horse's needs then mine. I clean the girth once per month just by using a hose and letting it dry. Some of my friends use Woolite to clean their girths. As long as you've brushed your horse well, it doesn't get funky inbetween washings. I've never had a pinching problem.

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post #6 of 9 Old 09-07-2008, 11:42 AM
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ha, same as JDI. :) I have a bunch of different fleece girths by Kincade in all sorts of sizes that I school in and love. I haven't had a horse that didn't like them, they're great quality, you can throw them in the washer, and they're cheap! I've even shown in some of them! I use a traditional leather one at shows though. I'd like the fancy leather kind with the sheepskin backing but yeah, can't justify spending that much money on a girth!
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post #7 of 9 Old 09-07-2008, 11:51 AM
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I prefer mohair as well. My only problem is it takes awhile to dry out. Those days when the humidity is high the mohair won't dry out and I hate putting a sweaty nasty girth back on. I know, the horse doesn't care but I do
I have a custom made mohair and the weaver smart cinch in mohair. If I'm going to be riding day and night, its nice having a spare dry one.


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post #8 of 9 Old 09-07-2008, 11:53 AM
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Fleece & synthetic.

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post #9 of 9 Old 09-07-2008, 12:26 PM Thread Starter
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Re: Whats your fav. girth type?

[quote="iridehorses"]
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Originally Posted by Sliding4ever
I mainly ride her english but not anymore.
Does that mean you ride Western now? In any case, I used Professional choice neoprene girths for years. They were OK but seemed to created a lot of heat so I switched to a Weaver Smart Girth made of mohair. I like it much better for my horses. It breathes, and wicks the sweat away which the synthetics can't do.

Quote]

Well I have 2 horses and I usually ride her english and my other one western. But I'm trying to sell my other horse and the english saddle/tack, so now she's being ridden western. I switch back and forworth.

Thanks for the replies everyone!

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