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.
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%.
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
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.
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…
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.
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.
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.
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 🙂
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.
The little Joe pad i purchased is from America as it is handmade and only found by the maker.
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.
STIRRUP LEATHER COVERS
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 🙂
Girth and Cinch
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.
￼Photo shows correctly fitted c girth.
HY COMFORT DRESSAGE
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.
Mohair Dressage Girth- photos wanted
DREAM TEAM W GIRTH
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 🙂
Ortho flex soft sides
Weaver Smart Cinch
LEATHERS AND FENDERS
EZ knees Western – (Fender attachment)
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.
Freemax Stirrup Leathers
Libra T Bar
Premier Dressage 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
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.
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. 🙂
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.
Swiss Clips- to enable you to carry on using non safety stirrups. Barnes Bubbles are not made now, but do come up for sale.
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 🙂
I had these at one point, but forget the name just now. 🙂