I was hoping to be reporting to y’all live from Wellington this evening, but unfortunately my body had other plans. A fever, chills and a whole body ache meant that my amazing bosses were kind enough to let me wait a week to try and kick this flu, so I decided to share one of my favorite products with you instead!
The Shoulder Relief Girth™ girth has become an indispensable piece of tack for me. Regardless of horse shape or size, this girth works with them to keep their saddle where it should be and allow maximum freedom of movement. According to the Total Saddle Fit website, this is exactly how it works:
“The Shoulder Relief Girth™ actually changes the position and angle of the billets to prevent the saddle from interfering with the shoulder. The center of the girth is set forward to sit in the horse’s natural girth groove. While the sides of the girth are cut back to meet the billets 2 inches behind where the horse’s natural girth groove lies. This brings the billets from angling forward, to becoming perpendicular to the ground (in the case of a forward girth groove horse), which reduces the saddle’s tendency to be pulled forward into the 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 shape, is that it is cutback at the elbows. This gives more room for elbow movement as well, and prevents galls in the elbow area.”
My last two horses have both been rotund fellows, which can definitely create problems with saddle slipping. With the Shoulder Relief Girth™, I don’t worry about my saddle sliding up onto their shoulders or slipping from side to side.
All in all, I’ve been more than happy with my purchases from Total Saddle Fit. Their prompt shipping and easy to navigate website are just bonuses on top of an already great product, and their reasonable prices mean I can accommodate a pony who’s still changing and fluctuating in his weight.
What is your can’t-live-without piece of tack?