How to work out what size Girth or Cinch you need.Having the right size girth is essential when riding. This guide will tell you what size girth or cinch you will need for your horse.
To start you will need to know what style of saddle you will be using. Dressage saddles tend to have long points. Points are the leather straps that hang down under the saddle slap that attach your girth too. Because of the long points you will need a short girth.
GP or Jumping saddles can have either long or short points. If your saddle has short points you will need a longer girth.
When you do up your girth the buckle should be approx in the middle of the girth strap. This allows room for adjustmant if your horse puts on looses any weight.
Here is a guide for different horse sizes.
Horse Western Long Girth Short Girth
Size Cinch Jumping / GP Dressage
13hh - 14hh 30" 38"-40" 18"-20"
76cm 96cm-101cm 46cm- 51cm
14hh - 15hh 30" - 32" 42" - 44" 22"- 24"
76cm - 81cm 107cm - 112cm 56cm - 61cm
15hh - 16hh 32" - 34" 46' - 48" 26"
81cm - 84cm 117cm - 122cm 66cm
16hh - 17hh 34" - 36" 50" - 52" 28"
84cm - 91cm 127cm - 132cm 71cm
Western saddles are different again. Most Western saddles have a billet system. The billets are the long and short straps that hang down either side of the saddle. The short billet is always on the Off side (right side) of the horse while the long billet is on the Near side (left side) of the horse.
There are two ways you can measure your horse for a Cinch. One is to work out your horses "Heart Girth measurment" which might not give you an acurate measurement if your horse is over weight or thick set. The other way is to simply measure the girth area. It is good to know how to do both so below is both methods.
1.To calculateyour horses "heart girth measurement" you need to measure from the base of the wither down to a couple of inches behind the horses front legs (where the girth would sit), under the belly, and then up the opposite side to where you started. Notice this will cause your tape measure to run at an angle. Don't measure straight up and down. The measurement should be in inches. Once you have the "Heart Girth Measurement", divide that by 2 and the subtract 3 inches. This will give you your horses Cinch size.
2. For a more acurate girth measurement place your tape measure approx 4" above your horses elbow and run the tape under the belly where the girth would go and up the other side to approx 4" above the elbow on the other side. You are basicly measuring where the cinch girth would sit. This will give you your horses cinch size.
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