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Total Saddle Fit Shoulder Relief Girth

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Total Saddle Fit Shoulder Relief Girth

This Total Saddle Fit Shoulder Relief Girth helps prevent a saddle from impeding a horse’s shoulders. The center sits forward in the horse’s natural girth groove, and the sides are cut back to meet the billets two inches behind where the horse’s natural girth groove lies. The cut-back shape at the elbows also allows elbow room and helps prevent galls.

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Item #: X1-02520
$159.95
Helpful Information
Nameplate Attachment Instructions
How to Size a Girth
Types of Girths
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Total Saddle Fit Shoulder Relief Girth features an intelligent clever design that allows full range of the horse’s shoulder motion under saddle. This shaped girth changes the position and angle of the billets to prevent the saddle from interfering with the horse’s shoulders. The center of this girth is set forward to sit in the horse’s natural girth groove, while the sides are cut back to meet the billets two inches behind where the horse’s natural girth groove lies. This brings the billets forward so they are perpendicular to the ground, which reduces the saddle’s tendency to pull forward into the horse’s shoulders. With horses that have shoulder interference without angled billets, it simply moves the billets back to keep the saddle farther away from the shoulders.  The secondary benefit to this girth is its cut-back shape at the elbows, a design that allows room for elbow movement and prevents galls in the elbow area. This girth is made with padded calf skin on the inner surface against the horse and durable top grain English hide on the exterior surface for long life. Triple elastic on both ends for added horse comfort. Stainless steel buckles and hardware. Decorative stitch pattern on each end.


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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.

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 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.