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Synthetic Fleece Girth Cover

Synthetic Fleece Girth Cover

Keep your girth cleaner and make your horse more comfortable with this Synthetic Fleece Girth Cover. Read more…
Item #: X1-01602
Helpful Information
Types of Girths
How to Size a Girth
How to Clean
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Synthetic Fleece Girth Cover keeps your girth cleaner and makes your horse more comfortable. 3 1/2"W x 30"L.


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.
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 Clean Your Genuine Fleece Girth Cover

A genuine sheepskin fleece girth cover provides your horse with the many natural benefits inherent in wool fibers, including luxurious softness, resiliency, breathability and moisture wicking. Here's how to prolong the life of the wool fibers to ensure your horse receives maximum benefits.

If the girth cover is damp with sweat after a ride, remove it from your girth. Brush the wool gently to remove dirt and fluff up moist fibers. Some people favor using a stiff dandy brush, while others get good results restoring loft to the fibers by using a fine-tined cat or dog grooming brush. Allow it to dry naturally, wool facing up, away from artificial heat sources and sunlight.

Wash your genuine fleece items only when necessary. You can tell washing is necessary when the fibers tend to remain clumpy even with brushing, or they feel salty and stiff against your fingertips.

Use only a gentle cleanser that is intended for the purpose, such as Mattes Liquid Melp Sheepskin Cleaner. Machine wash the girth cover in cold water on a gentle cycle, and hang it to dry in a well-ventilated area. Heat sources such as sunlight or radiators will dry and stiffen the leather backing, causing shrinkage or warping.

Optimize laundering results by gently stretching the hide, fluffing the fibers with your hand and flipping the article during drying. Depending on humidity, most genuine girth covers dry naturally within 24 hours.