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post #1 of 20 Old 04-07-2016, 09:08 AM Thread Starter
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This morning I was watching horse utube vids and noticed that a lot of people in America and the UK leave their girths off. I keep mine on, however, because Dusty prefers it.

Is there a reason though that they take it off and should I consider it?
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Um, what? I don't know anyone who rides English who doesn't attach the saddle to the horse via a girth. What's the point of a saddle if it's not actually strapped to the horse?

You must mean something else other than girth, although I can't imagine what.
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Um, what? I don't know anyone who rides English who doesn't attach the saddle to the horse via a girth. What's the point of a saddle if it's not actually strapped to the horse?

You must mean something else other than girth, although I can't imagine what.
No, sorry what I meant was when their tack is off the pony. I.e when they are putting on the saddle the girth is loose. Not while they're riding.
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Okay, that makes more sense.

I take mine off, instead of leaving it attached to the billet straps. I don't like leaving it on because you can twist the billet straps if you leave the girth attached, which means they won't last as long. The saddle flap can also become warped.

Besides, I usually wash/clean my tack after every ride, so the girth needs to come off anyway. It stores better too, because you can lay it flat over the saddle instead of it being twisted up on top.

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You're talking about leaving one side of the girth attached to the saddle more or less more or less permanently?

I always take mine off. I like to tighten one hole at a time, alternating sides, when I tack up, so I may as well start with the girth completely off. I also run the girth through the loops of the saddle pad, so if I didn't take the girth off completely I'd have to put the saddle, pad, and girth on all at the same time and I don't believe I'd get the pad on without a bunch of wrinkles that way. I do have a friend who leaves her saddle, pad, and girth all connected between rides and it doesn't look like any less effort once she gets everything all straightened out.

How does your horse express that he prefers the girth to remain attached on one side?

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Yeah, I didn't know how to answer about why she thinks her horse prefers the girth attached or not. Pretty sure he doesn't care one way or the other.

All of my girths have elastic on both ends, so it's fairly easy to tighten them evenly. I like to put my girth through the saddle pad loops too, and as you said Verona, it's much easier to do with the girth off the saddle.

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You're talking about leaving one side of the girth attached to the saddle more or less more or less permanently?

I always take mine off. I like to tighten one hole at a time, alternating sides, when I tack up, so I may as well start with the girth completely off. I also run the girth through the loops of the saddle pad, so if I didn't take the girth off completely I'd have to put the saddle, pad, and girth on all at the same time and I don't believe I'd get the pad on without a bunch of wrinkles that way. I do have a friend who leaves her saddle, pad, and girth all connected between rides and it doesn't look like any less effort once she gets everything all straightened out.

How does your horse express that he prefers the girth to remain attached on one side?
Thankyou, this is really helpfull! I always wondered where those wrinkles came from!

One side of her girth is elasticated and one is not. When I clean my tack I obviously have to put both sides on and I think the non-elasticated side pinches her no matter how gently I try to tighten it. Because of this, she attempts to bite me. xx
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I do as verona.

I do wipe the inside of the girth before I lay it over the saddle or hang it up.
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I usually take the girth off. Part of it is because with my saddle cover the girth is in the way, but also so I can wash it down, store it seperately etc.
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Hi!
This morning I was watching horse utube vids and noticed that a lot of people in America and the UK leave their girths off. I keep mine on, however, because Dusty prefers it.

Is there a reason though that they take it off and should I consider it?
I'm confused by what you mean? How in the world does your horse know if the girth is attached to the saddle before you tack up?
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