There are some newer girths out on the market now and I’m looking for opinions on what to get for my super sensitive boy. My horse is girthy in the sense that he hates the feeling of his skin being pinched when you first put the girth on. We have to be very careful as we girth up, letting him stretch his legs between each hole and making sure it’s done up very slowly. One time, a County rep insisted that I try the County Logic girth, and I warned her to be careful, and she wasn’t careful enough - he nearly exploded in the barn aisle and I had to quickly undo the girth before he kicked someone. I have had this horse going on 12 years, and this is just how he is, he’s not ulcery - he’s just sensitive. He likes what he likes.
I have always used the Professional’s Choice Ventech girths with mostly good luck. I have a nice-ish one that has the neoprene liner, but is leather on the outer side and looks decent for the jumper ring. My gelding doesn’t seem to object to it too much, I like how grippy it is (feels safer for jumping) but the neoprene is really hot, and the leather quality is very meh.
At home, right now I’m using this Smartpak memory foam girth: https://www.smartpakequine.com/pt/smartpak-memory-foam-long-girth-with-coolmax-lining-18830
My horse seems to love this girth much more than the Prof Choice ones. It also doesn’t seem to get as hot and generally appears to be more comfortable as it softens around his body when I put it on. However, I don’t like the look for shows - I prefer to have a leather or leather like girth for the show ring.
I was looking at the Equifit girths with either the Sheepswool or the T foam liners, but they are so $$$, I don’t really want to buy one unless I know they’re going to be worth it. Another girth I’m considering is the Schockemohle Pallas girth, which has an interesting elastic panel built in, and you can separately buy either a sheepskin or foam liner. There are also the cheaper Flexible Fit girths, but I don’t think you can get a liner for those, so you’re stuck with the leather, although it is gel padded.
I don’t need a true anatomical girth such as the TSF girth - his shape doesn’t require something like that for a good saddle fit. I just care about it being soft, giving, not holding too much heat, and at least somewhat attractive for the show ring.
Thanks for any recommendations!