Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: South Wales, UK
Thoroughbreds can be very thin-skinned and sensitive about their girths. When I first had Dan, I couldn't actually do the girth up to full tightness, so I got a breastgirth to stop the sadlle slipping too much while I worked on getting him less twitchy. All I can suggest is girthing very slowly up in several stages - one hole per tightening, and only do one side on each tightening, alternating between the two sides. You can do other things in between, like putting boots on, etc. I also used a padded girth sleeve for extra comfort (still do).
Someone did suggest an elastic girth to me, but I never tried it. You could also try the "humane" girths, which have the crossed ends.
Just take it steady.....