Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Total Saddle Fit StretchTech Girth Review

This time with a black and orange hat
I've already got the grey and pink which are Katai's colors
Yep! I ended up getting it :)

This was at the bottom of the invoice and made me smile :)
I'm also in the process of getting a PS of Sweden bridle and although they are ergonomic and meant to be very comfortable for the horse that is really for me. This was for Katai and since I know her girth is gapping I just couldn't wait any longer to do something about it.

Attachment piece that I probably won't end up using
Prior to this girth I've used TSF girths for the past couple of years. They're the only girths that work with Katai's conformation and don't pull her saddle too far forward or run too badly into her elbows.

I really went back and forth on whether to get the Neoprene or the Leather. I think that both have really great benefits and likely both have some negatives as well. In the end I went with the leather option just because that's what I've been using with Katai for the past couple of years and it's worked really well for us with no chafing or soreness. Why mess with a good thing!

So cushy!
As mentioned previously I already have two PS of Sweden girths. One is a Havana 18" and the other is a Havana 24". The 24" has the older leather that has almost a plastic feel to it and I can only imagine that it's because there isn't a huge market for brown dressage girths, or wasn't when I got it. The leather on this one is nicer than either of the other TSF girths that I own. I'm not sure if it's because it's black or if it's just that they are perfecting the design but I really, really like this girth and the quality is very good.

Not an angle I'd seen online so the gap surprised me a bit.
You can see the strong elastic in the girth vs. the
lighter elastic in the separate padded pieces.
The white thing is the tag with the girth measurement that I couldn't get out of the picture
I know it's odd that Katai needs a 22" girth as a 13.2 hand pony but because of where her elbows fit next to her very well sprung little rib cage if I use an 18" girth her elbows run right into the buckles with every stride and I can't get a girth short enough to not interfere that way. The other way to fix that is to get a longer girth. I had the 24" because of the short billets on my Heritage Monoflap but it is a bit long for this saddle and the ends of it run into her saddle pad. I played with different lengths and decided to order a 22" as I figured it would solve the length issue while still being long enough to avoid interfering with her elbows. Besides, with TSF's amazing customer service I figured I could always exchange it for a different size if needed.

The 22" is exactly the right length as it no longer runs into the saddle pad on either side but the buckles are far enough up on the sides to avoid Katai's elbows.


This was before I tightened it. It ended up going up to the 5th hole where it was
further away from her elbows but I didn't think to get a picture of that.
18" original in havana, my first TSF
22" Stretchtec girth in black

24" original girth in havana
22" Stretchtec girth in black

I've ridden Katai in it twice now and haven't really felt a difference but with this pony that's a good thing. She's never really been girthy and I knew that if she disliked it, or even felt like it was different, she'd buck going into the canter or would just refuse to canter completely. I was happy to find that her canter transition felt that same that it has recently.

I'm really curious to see if over the next few rides she feels any different but at this point I'm really happy with it! I was going to wait longer to review it but I figured that if it goes well (which I'm sure it will) it will likely end up in one of my favorite things posts in a few months.

8 comments:

  1. I've been considering a TSF girth for a while now... I really should just bite the bullet and get it. But perhaps I'll wait to see if they make a StretchTech hunter/jumper version, because I'd prefer neoprene other leather.

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  2. I have the TSF girth without the stretch and love it! I also have one of their 6 point shimmable saddle pads. Really like this company - super customer service and wish they carried more products!

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  3. I keep hearing such great things about the TSF girths...definitely on my wish list!

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  4. I got that girth at Rolex last year and I have been really liking it. I did a review earlier in the year. I'm really hoping they add the stretchtec to the jumping girth and I'll buy that as well.

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  5. Thank you for the review. Adding to my wish list now!

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  6. I'm probably in the minority that doesn't like this girth. I needed an offset/contoured girth for how my saddle fit and read some great reviews about this. Unfortunately, my mare was not happy with it and started getting more girthy. I don't like how inflexible it is and how that middle section can move (and maybe pinch?). I tried it for a few months to give it a good test before giving up (so missed the return window), if anyone is looking for a 28" black leather model let me know! I hope this continues to work for you and Katai though!

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  7. I've been thinking of a contoured girth for Carmen with her confirmation. I like how it swoops away from the shoulder.

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  8. Glad you like your gifts! I use the moisturizer all the time - spray it in their tails before brushing them out and spray it on their bodies to help remove dust after I curry. P always gets horrible static and flaky dander on his hips in the winter if I don't use it regularly in the winter too. Since it's a concentrate it lasts a long time too.

    I've always wanted to try a TSF girth but Stampede is too big (he wears a 60" girth) and P doesn't really need one since his shape works well with a straight girth. Maybe with my next horse!

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