PSA: Tighten Your Girth!

I have always been bad about tightening my girth.  Even though I never had a loose girth on purpose, I didn’t make a huge effort to make sure it was as tight as it could be.  It was  even a sort of warped sense of pride that I didn’t loose my balance with a loose girth.

And no, I didn’t fall under my horse or anything today, but it turns out that I have been doing my horse a disservice by not having a tight girth.  It turns out that PJ has a much more sensitive back than I thought he did.  Having a loose girth has been causing the saddle to shift just a little while I ride, which PJ hasn’t liked.  How do I know this?  Because after riding around a little in the Schleese and PJ being just okay, Barbara tightened up my girth about two holes and sent us on our way.  The transformation was amazing.  PJ was a completely different horse.  Much like he was when I first tried the Schleese saddle.  I didn’t need to push him to go forward; his back was round; he was bouncy.

Today’s ride made my saddle decision easier.  I was able to adjust the thigh blocks to be pretty good.  There’s just one more saddle I want try – another Schleese – before I make my decision.  It’s definitely going to be one of these two saddles because PJ goes so much better in it…as long as my girth is tight!

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2 Responses to PSA: Tighten Your Girth!

  1. feistylynnie says:

    Who knew? Congratulations!

  2. Dom says:

    Tight girths are one of the few things I’m very strict about. Glad you had a break through!

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