Kavalkade Memory Foam Anatomical Dressage Girth

I bought this to try as I have had great products from Kavalkade before.

This dressage girth is available from 20″ up to 34″, available black. Small d ring at the front to clip any training aids onto to. Plus a small removable strap if you haven’t got the clip attachment.

The memory foam aspect is great as it really moulds to the shape of your horse. Non slip but soft and flexible.

Elasticated at both ends and as a rule I personally don’t like this set up on a treeless saddle. I much prefer the central elastic if I am going to opt for it.

Well thought out keeper positioning. There is also a pocket to place the ends into.

I did try this girth partially over the winter. In order to do a full review I actually need a smaller size. But, what I did note was how well made the product is. On that basis I do want to source a smaller one.

Busse String Girth

I think these types of girth are a bit like marmite. You either love them and have no issues or you don’t like them, have issues.

I tried the Busse dressage synthetic string girth. If anyone has a Stubben one, and can tell if Busse is a cheaper version, please email or leave a comment.

My riding instructor doesn’t like them. My horse started out fine but changed her mind. I rode in the synthetic version for all of one month and found jumping it allowed the saddle to move where my other one doesn’t.

It didn’t keep my saddle as secure as my previous girth for hacking. I found it allowed it to move ever so slightly.  On a wide type that’s not ideal.

As a product it was well made. Nice width, keepers. Easy to clean. Just not suitable for our needs.

New Prolite Girths


Prolite horse

Get the edge with the new Prolite innovative Girths. 

Manufactured under license from Fairfax Saddles Ltd, the design of girth is scientifically proven to dramatically increase the horse’s freedom of movement whilst reducing peak pressure by a minimum of 25%.

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The high tech fabric used is four times more abrasion resistant than leather, wicks away moisture helping to keep your horse dry, has thermo-regulation properties to help your horse stay cool, is breathable, antibacterial and hypoallergenic.

The benefits of use during flatwork include:

  • Increases front leg extension
  • Greatly reduces pressure
  • Increases hock flexion

The benefits of use during jumping include:

  • Improves neatness over the fence
  • Greatly reduces pressure
  • Increases power on take off

Performance edit

The girth comes in either short or long making it suitable for a range of saddles. Also available in both standard fit and narrow gauge option  which is suitable for horses measuring less than 20cm between the front legs.


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Saddle slipping or riding the round barreled horse

Article on girths by a Ansur Distributor.

horse sage

Round bellied Ellie Round bellied Ellie

It wasn’t Ellie, but another round bellied horse. We were having a pleasant hand gallop out on the polo field, and I was just thinking, “oh how nice this is, how lovely this feels”, when there was a rustle in the bushes, and…

 the horse leapt sideways at 90 mph, my saddle slipped, and as my old riding teacher used to say, “he went east, and I went west.”

Darn. It always hurts when I fall off, and I always cry. I just do, from the shock of it. And there was dirt in my mouth, too, because I landed facedown. Yuck.

These days I seem to pick breeds that are, well, low withered and round bellied. The kind that tend to slip saddles unless you stay really, really well balanced in the center of the horse. I usually am fairly well balanced, but sometimes the…

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Horse and Pony Bareback Pad -Little Joe

Little Joe
Little Joe

This pad has arrived for me to play with. These are handmade in Kansas, USA.

I have only placed it on my horse to take photos. I believe the person I bought it from either kept it very clean or didn’t use it.

It comes in two parts. The base is a thin cotton numnah, this has a wool type felt underneath. It’s designed to keep your actual pad clean. It’s been designed in a way so as to not move or bunch up.

Cotton Numnah
Cotton Numnah

The pad comes in a variety of colours as does the numnah. The toast colour is quite nice for the top bareback pad.

The pad is well made and padded. Photo shows underside of the pad that sits on your numnah-blue.

Underside of Pad
Underside of Pad

It comes with 4 small d rings front and back. Some people add a breastplate on the front. The leather girth straps take a standard dressage or treeless girth.

Little Joe
Little Joe

Note the two large closed D rings. These are there to encourage you to put stirrups on. With closed rings I would ALWAYS use a safety stirrup, Swiss Clips or The Barnes Buckle (not made anymore but available secondhand).  Now this is where things get interesting because as a rule I discourage the use of stirrups. People are concerned about the pressure points from the rings, but more so from the potential movement of the pad itself. You do not girth these up tight as you would a saddle. I have yet to sit on it so will be interested in how it rides non stirrup. But it’s “structure” is on similar lines to the non “structured” treeless saddles on the market.

As it stands I do like the pad 🙂

Little Joe

I have owned this Saddle Pad for three years now.

It is now ridden on a 13.2 round barrel mule that has no withers and a 15hh painted mare that has high withers, also previously ridden on a 16hh Purebred spanish with extremely high wither and a 12hh welsh pony. So as it being a Pad it has no problems on any horse.

Little Joe
Little Joe

Leathers | Fenders, Girth | Cinch And Stirrup

This is a list of products that I use myself, or have used. It also includes products recommended by the saddle companies.

This is an international list. To search for stockists in your country copy and paste the product you are interested in with your country.

I no longer add direct links as companies alter stock and it is impossible to keep up with. 🙂

If you have any photos let me know, I am compiling a photo gallery of these items in use.


I have decided to include these as I do get asked what I use.

The fleece covers were made for me by a lady on EBay UK. They come in a vast array of colours and now patterns.
You can buy the proper wool stirrup leather covers, but, for those wanting something cheaper, these fleece ones are ideal and wash well. Just look for people selling rein and noseband covers 🙂

Stirrup Leather Covers
© Treeless Tried and Tested Stirrup Leather Covers

Girth and Cinch

Barefoot girth converter

This allows you to change from the cinch ring to a normal girth billet. Ideal for the western treeless saddles and bareback pads.


Cashel also offer this option.

Dream Team ‘C’

It is for horses with curved tummy lines and forward girthing point. If you have a treeless with swinging straps (new Freeform models) you may not need this type.


Correctly fitted ‘c’ girth


Easy to put on. Elastic ends. Easy to use and keep in the slot to start with and to finish. You have a little pocket to tuck excess into. Too easy to over tighten, didn’t give me a very secure feeling although the girth didn’t move, it did become slippery when she sweated. Sold.


This is an air filled girth ( not made now) which my cob loves. Keeps the saddle nice and secure. Straight cut but doesn’t rub and allows freedom of movement. Would like a larger size. If you have an air filled in a 28/30 get in touch.

© Treeless Tried and Tested Kavalkade

Mohair Dressage Girth- photos wanted


This is another good quality girth from DT. It is really easy to do up and suits my cob with her large shoulder movement well. It has the centre ring for attachment and the keepers are kept in place by two flaps which keep everything tidy and in place. Highly recommended.

Many thanks to the lady who gave this to me to trial and keep 🙂

Dream w
© Treeless Tried and Tested Dream w


Ortho flex soft sides

Soft Sides
© Treeless Tried and Tested Soft Sides

Professionals Choice

Weaver Smart Cinch






EZ knees Western – (Fender attachment)


Freeform T Bar
© Treeless Tried and Tested Freeform T Bar

FlexEE Biothane

So far proving to be good value for money and easy clean. You get the small cover to go over the t bar and these fit onto the e bar. I do also have an elastic cover at the end just to keep it a bit more tidy/extra protection.

Updated- sold on because the keeper didn’t stay in place and then buckle dug into my boot.

© Treeless Tried and Tested FlexEE

Freemax Stirrup Leathers


Libra T Bar

Premier Dressage Leathers

Startrekk Leathers

Tekna T Bar – these were just to try. They are actually made for the Tekna saddle and not treeless. I sold because I squeaked. But I had to just try them.

Wintec Slimline leathers



© Barefoot

Barefoot Safety

Break Away – Western



Tried these as they flex. I opted for Cottage Craft but you can go for other makes. Initially I liked them but kept losing them. I am not used to a small tread with just somewhere to put the ball of my foot. Not for us, but ideal with Swiss Clips on the closed ring.

Cottage Craft
© Treeless Tried and Tested Cottage Craft

Flexi Ride

Love these had this type now for about six years. Lightweight and great for your back, ankles etc. I did get my previous pair caught up on a cow gate and got repaired. Treated myself eventually to another pair. When the sticky label comes off as these are left and right, just put a sticker or reflective strip onto your right one.

The cage works having been spun off twice, that’s not part of the testing, but pointless if they don’t free your foot. 🙂

Flexi Ride
© Treeless Tried and Tested Flexi Ride

Matrix Adult

Kwik Out


For children only, these are NOT suitable for adults. They were designed for children and have a weight limit of about 8 stone. If you use and have an accident, the company isn’t at fault. They can bend if they get caught up on a gate.



Soft Tread

Swiss Clips- to enable you to carry on using non safety stirrups. Barnes Bubbles are not made now, but do come up for sale.

Swiss Clips
© Treeless Tried and Tested Swiss Clips


Toe Stoppers- These were my original choice on safety. Just putting these on over my current stirrups. However the only downside was the weight made them front heavy. I found my heels came up and as a result slipped forwards. So just on that basis I did look around for an alternative.

This may not be the case for everyone and I do know people using. I did do a bhs trec in them, so they were tested beyond plod round the block 🙂

Metal caged stirrups
© Metal caged stirrups

I had these at one point, but forget the name just now. 🙂