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EquiFit® Anatomical T-Foam™ Hunter Girth

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EquiFit® Anatomical T-Foam™ Hunter Girth

Offering comfort, stability, quality and fit, this EquiFit® Anatomical T-Foam™ Hunter Girth marries tradition and technology. This understated, anatomically shaped leather girth has fancy stitching for a show ring look. A removable, washable T-Foam liner conforms to the horse’s shape, absorbs shock, aids in moisture control and helps prevent rubs and irritation.

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Item #: X1-02347
$300.00
Helpful Information
How to Size a Girth
Nameplate Attachment Instructions
Types of Girths
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Like all EquiFit® products, the EquiFit Anatomical T-Foam™ Hunter Girth delivers superior comfort, stability, fit and quality. This classic, understated, anatomically shaped girth features fancy-stitched English leather girth with a removable T-Foam lining against the horse. The ergonomic shape of this girth allows the horse freedom of movement as it keeps the saddle stable. Double elastic at both ends and stainless steel roller buckles ensure easy and optimal adjustments.

T-Foam helps absorb shock and vibration, molding to the horse's shape to prevent rubs, chafing and irritation, and it aids in perspiration control. T-Foam is the original memory foam that was developed by NASA and was used in astronaut seating to absorb the tremendous force and impact of lift-off and landing.

It has found many applications in the medical industry, including as wheelchair seating, operating tables and other areas where comfort, stability, protection and pressure relief is key. T-Foam is temperature sensitive. When it’s cold, T-Foam hardens; when it’s warm, it softens and conforms to your horse's unique shape. When it’s cold, it is recommended that T-Foam liners or pads be held against the horse’s back or inside your jacket to warm them up before putting them on the horse. Then, check and readjust fit, if necessary, after a few minutes. While T-Foam can be machine washed and dried, do not dry on high heat as this will cause it to shrink.


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Sizing a Girth
A girth with the correct length for your horse and saddle will be adjusted on the same billet holes on each side-regardless of whether you're using a long girth or a short (dressage) girth.

For a long girth, ideally the buckles will not be located high under your thigh where they can feel bulky. When this happens, it means the girth is too long for the horse. Always be sure that you have at least two billet holes available above and at least one hole available below the buckles.

When looking at a short girth length for a dressage saddle or monoflap event saddle, be sure that you have at least three to four fingers' width between the top of the girth and the bottom of the saddle pad and saddle flap on both sides. If the girth comes too close to the edge of the saddle pad or flap, your horse's skin can feel pinched.

How to Estimate Girth Length
How to Attach a Nameplate to a Halter, Bridle, Martingale or Breastplate

Required Tools: will need a leather hole punch, hammer and pencil.

Steps:
1. Unwrap your nameplate and identify the rivets as having two posts and two caps.
2. Center the plate where you would like it ; mark its holes with pencil.
3. Use the hole punch centered on the pencil marks. A good quality hole punch with appropriate pressure applied should be able to penetrate even thick leather halters.
4. Push the rivet posts through the back of the tack so the posts are pointed toward you.
5. Put the nameplate on rivet posts.
6. Place rivet caps onto the posts, and tap the caps with a hammer.

Note: If you do not feel comfortable installing your own nameplate, we are happy to help. Bring your plate and tack into your local Dover Saddlery store for assistance. Your local leather repair professional or cobbler may also be able to assist you.

How to Choose Between Types of Girths
Girths come in a variety of materials and shapes, and each offers unique benefits to the horse. The right type of girth for your horse will depend on your horse's conformation, how your horse moves, skin sensitivity in the girthing area, allergies to textiles and how much he sweats during work.

The most important aspect about the material and shape of a girth is that it works well with your horse's conformation and gaits to distribute pressure evenly along his barrel. The girth needs to move very slightly with the hair (horizontally) and not against it (vertically) in such a way as to chafe.

Straight girth styles are fashioned like a belt. Anatomically contoured styles are designed to provide room for a horse's elbows during movement- ideal for horses with big shoulders or big gaits. Some long girths have built-in belly guards appropriate for jumpers; the guards protect the horse's underside from being injured by shoe studs while its hooves are tucked up over jumps.

Girth Materials
  • Leather: Offers the most traditional look and durability; may be elegantly simple or feature two-tones of leather, fancy stitching and overlays. Clean and condition with leather care products.
  • Neoprene: Affordable and cleans with soap and water. Often a solution to slipping problems with leather girths. Be aware that some horses are allergic to neoprene.
  • Synthetic: Economical, durable and easy-care. Clean with soap and water.
  • String: In mohair, wool, cotton or nylon string, a popular choice for combating slippage, for horses that get irritated skin in the girth area and to alleviate certain pressure points. Natural string girths should be hand washed in cold water; nylon can be machine washed.
  • Wool/Synthetic Fleece-Lined: Genuine wool or synthetic fleece may be attached to fabric or leather girths to help horses who need a soft surface against their skin. Genuine wool wicks sweat as an added benefit. Care varies depending on the style.
  • Webbing/Fabric: Soft and affordable. Can be machine or hand washed in cool temperatures.