Girth recommendations please

NooNoo59

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as the title - I have a roundish welsh section d he is just 5 and is still growing so we have a flat back round belly and shoulders that are still developing. I have bought a wintec adjustable gp for the moment it fits well but as is round I need a good girth. I have been recommended a prolite but they are very expensive so wondered if anyone had any alternatives?
 

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How funny you have posted this.. I have a welsh D and have been thinking the same.

Hes been in a Dever girth for 5 years but only noticed last week its got a huge split in it. I am undecided between another Dever (elastic both ends) a Prolite or a Professional choice...
 

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I’ve got the Harry Dabbs platinum waffle girth on my 5 year old welsh D x Cob. I really like it and very round broad horse seems to as well!
 

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I highly recommend the Prolite. My Highland is in a Wintec Wide and this girth has worked wonders.

Despite the saddle being fitted to him he didn't seem to like it when I first got it and I was wringing my hands as I bought the saddle new and couldn't afford to keep changing it. The saddle also had a tendency to slip to the side (Although not as much as my previous saddle).

Then I got the Prolite which I bought 2nd hand ( then at least if it was no good I could sell on without losing money). We haven't looked back. Now, once I'm on and have tightened the girth I can get off and get back on from the ground without the saddle slipping. My boy is noticeably more comfortable and has stopped playing up when I tack up.

Ref the comment about the girth gaping at the sides, it holds underneath whilst staying loser at the sides so you should be able to get a hand in at the side but it won't budge underneath.

Maybe try one second hand like I did? I paid about £50 for mine and it was immaculate.
 

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FWIW I had a terrible experience with the stubben trevira, it’s wide and just bunches behind his elbows and rubbed.
The Harry dabbs mentioned is my second choice to the pro choice
 

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FWIW I had a terrible experience with the stubben trevira, it’s wide and just bunches behind his elbows and rubbed.
The Harry dabbs mentioned is my second choice to the pro choice
Imcoined the term "pouchy girth groove" for this, in a deep channel, narrow girth groove it can fold over and pinch, on any other horse they can be brilliant girths. I also recommend the Dabbs synthetic elasticated. The way I fit (much flatter and wider trees than Wintecs) on natives and other round shales these girths, plus a leather Atherstone with doube elastic ends and wide shaped centre panel, are the best options. I know most other non specialist fitters recommend non elastic girths for wide horses but I think some give is much more sympathetic to equine biomechanics.
 

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I have a lovely anatomic girth for my 13.2 connie, so bought the same for my son's welsh 12hh (to replace her basic cottage craft cotton girth).

It rubbed her absolutely raw so neadless to say we are back with the original again.

I recently saw the Professionals Choice neoprene ones in a shop and they are beautiful. Old mill saddler do an own brand version as well which is cheaper if you like the style.

Thanks for the info sbloom, I like elastic girths too..

Fiona
 

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Imcoined the term "pouchy girth groove" for this, in a deep channel, narrow girth groove it can fold over and pinch, on any other horse they can be brilliant girths. I also recommend the Dabbs synthetic elasticated. The way I fit (much flatter and wider trees than Wintecs) on natives and other round shales these girths, plus a leather Atherstone with doube elastic ends and wide shaped centre panel, are the best options. I know most other non specialist fitters recommend non elastic girths for wide horses but I think some give is much more sympathetic to equine biomechanics.
yes that's probably a good description, leather always rubbed the awkward bugger hence all my recommendations being some sort of synthetic. The issue with the harry dabbs is that the binding does split after not that long and that's a worry with a very sensitive one.
 

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I like Professional choice girth for one welsh d but on the other with forward girth grove the elastic allows saddle to come forward so trying a prolite which she seems to like
 

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The only thing I would consider swapping my string girth for is a prolite. I used the string girth on my little welsh cob when he was in hard work as it didn’t get as sweaty. When he retired to occasional hacking (and got much rounder) the prolite really helped keep the saddle stable.

I use a prolite on my WB, just because I have it. If I think we’re going to get sweaty and he’s in his GP saddle, I’ll use the string.
 
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