Horse Girth Size and Style

There are many girths and cinches on the market today in all kinds of styles 56and materials. The comfort of our horse, ease of use and cleaning, and longevity are important considerations in picking a girth or cinch.

Another important consideration is length. Saddle stability can be affected by girth length. A girth that is too long does not help the saddle stay in place as well as one that is below the lateral line of the horse.

In other words, if your girth comes too close to the pad or saddle, it may be too long. Billet length plays a determining role in girth length of course. If your billets are long, your girth buckles should be about 1.5” to 2” above the elbow of your horse. This is especially true of Freeform and Barefoot treeless saddles.

A girth gall is a dreaded event. I have found that the Woolback girths and cinches by Toklat and carried by Action Rider Tack have worked very well for miles of trail and endurance riding. The buckles are well protected by the Woolback, the elastic at both ends lets the girth expand when it needs too. Montana Cincha also makes girths and cinches that are gentle for the sensitive skin of the belly/underchest area. They can also help prevent slipping by interlocking with the hair.

If you have questions about girth sizing, we can help. A picture of your horse in saddle and girth is a good analysis tool. You may send it to julie@actionridertack.com.

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Why Put a Blanket on a Horse Anyway?

Depending on who you talk to, there can be some strong opinions on whether981 a horse should wear a blanket or not.

With the fall season approaching, we thought we would ask our local expert, the Wisdom Pony, to share why she thinks that blanketing a horse is beneficial to your horse (and your pocket).

Here’s the Wisdom Pony with more information:

1.  By providing extra insulation, you will help to keep weight on your horse during cold months. A cold horse uses energy to keep warm, so blanket up and feed less! (See, there’s that pocket savings I was referring to…)

2.  A blanket means that you will spend less time cleaning and grooming to keep your horse clean. In fact, you can add a blanket with a neck design for maximum coverage.

3. A good quality turnout blanket will provide extra protection if your horse should get kicked, bitten or have an argument with a tree or a fence post! (As a human, I’m sure it’s unimaginable to you what those trees and fence posts can possibly say to get us so upset, but trust me, it’s NEVER our fault!)

Thank you, Winged Pony of Wisdom!

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At Action Rider Tack, we get asked a lot of questions. Sometimes the questions get asked on the phone, other times, it’s when we’re at shows or simply in our everyday lives. We would like to share the questions and answers here on our blog. (Be assured, as needed, we’ll always confer with our Winged Ponies for their particular areas of expertise.) Please let us know if you have any questions that you would like to see answered here.

Simply email: deidre@actionridertack.com

 

Checking Your Horse Blankets

I know, for most of you, it’s still hot out there. So, why are we talking about 993blankets?

Because, as you know, fall will be here before you know it and ensuring that your horse blankets are in good condition before you need them will give you peace of mind.

Horse Winter Blanket Review:

  1. Hardware – Buckles could be rusted, broken, or missing.
  2. Straps – Could be tangled, weakened, broken.
  3. Blanket – Sometimes, after getting your blanket out of storage, you may find that you have pests that you weren’t aware of…check for holes, tears or general loss of thickness.

If your horses are outside a lot it may be helpful to have two horse blankets. We often have freezing rain and wet snow that seems to saturate most blankets after a time. An extra horse blanket means we can switch and allow one to dry.

If your blanket is loosing its waterproof abilities try a spray on water-proofer.

The best way to keep a horse warm during cold weather is not to necessarily buy the best blanket, but to buy the best quality hay. Some horses may benefit from the addition of a concentrate feed, but the process of digesting hay gives off a lot of heat–keeping your horse warm.

Click here to see Action Rider Tack’s selection of horse blankets.