1-Shape is crucial- in the old days we just had straight girths with no shaping and made from either leather or cotton. Now we have a far greater selection which makes the horses comfort, safety for the rider as well as a better performance expected.
2- Some horses respond better to elastic than others. I prefer them to have more freedom in their movement than feel restricted. Race horses use total elastic in their girths and surcingles.
So it really depends on the horse and the rider, there are lots of choices but more freedom for the horse is what we are always looking to achieve.
3-The pressure eze and gel girths are very popular due to the comfort and pressure distribution on the pectoral muscle. It is a really important decision to ensure that there is comfort over the pectoral muscle and not having lumps in the girth where some girths have their elastic attached. Please check your girth to ensure it is smooth and comfortable.
4- For Pony Club and RDA all saddles need to have at least 4 points of attachment, ie two girth points both sides. In the case of the Ammo or Western saddles we need to attach two girth points for them so that they are legal.
5-Positioning of the girth is essential and we always like the girth to be taken off when not being ridden. This way it then has to be attached from both sides which allows for a more even pull when tightening and it reduces the dirt that is on your saddle.
6-Always check the condition of your girth and stirrup leathers and stirrup irons in terms of their safety, sizing, looking worn or stretched, broken stitching, etc. At Bonnetts Saddleworld we have a duty of care to ensure that our customers equestrian gear is as safe as it can be.
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