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Wintec Elastic Dressage Girth

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Wintec Elastic Dressage Girth

The Wintec Elastic Dressage Girth has hidden elastic along its full length to let it move with your horse’s ribcage during work. The soft synthetic outer wipes clean easily and helps keep your horse free from girth galls and chafing.

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Item #: X1-0226
List: $49.99
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How to Clean
Types of Girths
How to Size a Girth
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The Wintec Elastic Dressage Girth has hidden elastic through its full length to provide horse comfort and an excellent fit. The stretchy center lets this girth move with your horse’s ribcage as it expands and contracts during work. An easy-care performance design, it features a soft, strong, sweat-resistant synthetic outer that allows airflow and wipes clean easily. The soft surface helps keep your horse free from girth galls and chafing and distributes weight evenly to help avoid pressure points.

Billet straps of your saddle will tuck conveniently inside the girth sleeve eliminating the need for keepers. This creates a low-profile and further reduces any likelihood of rubbing. Stainless steel roller buckles allow easy adjustment.

With hidden elastic along its full length, this Wintec Airflow Elastic Dressage Girth moves with your horse’s ribcage as it expands and contracts during work. The soft synthetic outer wipes clean easily and helps keep your horse free from girth galls and chafing.

How to Clean Your Synthetic Saddle
To clean a synthetic saddle, sponge sections made of faux leather with a mixture of gentle dish soap and warm water. Rinse soap residue with a moist sponge, then buff the areas with a dry towel. Vacuum sections made of faux suede or knit fabric to remove hair and dust.
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