Prestige Relax Performance A52 girth
WHY WE LOVE IT
* To help horses that show signs of pain when girth is tightened
* It comes in Jump and Dressage versions
* It has a great quality feel about it
WHAT WE WOULD FIX
* Its very expensive
WHEN WE USE IT
* We use it always when the dressage saddle is used
* Especially useful for girthy horses
* Kind start for a young horse getting to know tack on his body
* To enhance stride length
We all know the feeling of a belt too tight. The one that take away all focus from anything else. All you want to do is run to the bathroom and loosen it up. We don’t want that for our horses, especially not when we want the horse to focus on the task at hand!
Casino is a girthy horse. Every time I come with the saddle he turns away from me. He bites his crib when I tighten the girth and it really makes me feel so bad every day tacking up!
I was recommended this girth by a friend and even though it is very expensive, I went straight out and bought it hoping it would help him.
It’s on the heavy side but oozes of great quality. The leather is thick and durable which is a good thing considering that it’s in a very exposed area. Hoofs, water, studs and mud flying about!
There’s a round pad that is practically hollow edged with a thick padded panel shaped like a donut. The girth is attached, but with room to move and slide sideways meanwhile the pad sits still against the skin. The pad is air cushioned, dispersing the pressure in a gentle way and without pinching or side movements. We have found that it does move slightly, but not much, and only if you wait until warmed up to do the last holes on the girth straps. Do make sure the pad is completely in center under the belly when doing up the girth!
When the girth is fastened securely, I can fit my full flat hand between the girth and the horses stomach right next to the pad. See pictures below:
This girth clearly gives more room to the legs moving and has shown that it can increase stride length in some horses.
OUR EXPERIENCE SO FAR:
We have only used this 5 times. Casino is still uneasy when I show up with the saddle and does not rest until the saddle is fastened. BUT he doesn’t bite his crib, and he doesn’t change his behaviour between me turning up with the saddle and the saddle is fastened. So this is definitely a change for the better. I like it so far!
The stupid thing is that when I now use the jump saddle, I currently don’t have an anatomic girth for it yet, so now I feel even worse when I’m using that. 🙂
I have ordered an anatomical one but this time the Acavallo Gel Girth with stud guard, so look out for a review later in this autumn.
I have read on forums online that people find this girth ugly and that it takes a lot of attention, not in a good way. We don’t find that at all. I only ever get questions about it when tacking up or off. Never when worn.
LETS GET TECHINCAL
It has elastic on both sides and a D-ring for attaching martingale or other training aids.
We have given up trying to find what material the pad is made of. The girth it self looks and feels like high quality leather.
HOW WE CLEAN IT
With saddle soap on a damp sponge
Make sure to wash inside the round pad where fur and sweat will meet in a lovely damp reunion!
These girths doesn’t come true to size, or maybe it does theoretically, but the pad does take up so much room, you have to go 1-2 sizes up from what you normally use. Casino normally has a 75, so we went for a 90 and it fits well, could have worked with an 80 maybe, but it was out of stock.
Comes in a longer girth for jumping saddles and shorter one for dressage saddles (and yes, some of the jumper saddles now come with long straps for the shorter girths as well)
They come in brown and black.
We are aware that there are many more reasons for a girthy horse than the girth itself. It can be a number of reasons why they feel pain. However we do love innovation and that they actually try to fight the problems we are causing our horses. If your horse is showing signs of pain when fastening the saddle you should ask a vet for advice!