“My obsession with girths started many years ago and I invested time to do the best for our horses. My girth was to be made with high quality leather, mega pressure absorbing padding and have good quality strong elastic both sides that prevented overtightening to avoid the python effect around your horse, plus adding stability that did not allow the saddle to move around and being equal both sides rather than the saddle moving more on one side. My test was that if pulling at the elastic it was not to stretch more than an inch, as think of it that if you can stretch the elastic two inches or more that is 4 extra inches in girth length as its on both sides, imagine how much saddle movement that would cause, even twisting, horrendous!
The panel of the girth against your horse had to be smooth, supple and I think important to mimic the feeling of your horses muscle being able to synchronise with their movement naturally. Also just to add the padding also feels great to give a quick squidge if you are feeling a bit stressed yourself! 😉
The edges of the girths had to be smooth so it would not catch or cause friction. Being a bit of an anatomy geek too there is a specific nerve branch, the intercostobrachial nerve (shown to the left) that I wanted to ensure the girth would be as comfortable as possible for this area.
Then my research carried on further, some horses and ponies that had a funnel shaped barrel (narrow front and widening to the back), or where the girth sat was further forward than others causing the girth to go forwards and in doing so pulled the girth straps forward then of course the saddle, so then entered my shaped girth for dressage and longer shaped girth to be used for other disciplines, hey presto, happy horses, happy riders and happy me! ”