The flexi-Girth is a completely new concept in saddle girth design.
The Problem The traditional girths available have either no flexible section or have a short elasticated section at either one or both ends of the girth, at the point of attachment to the saddle which whilst affording some comfort to the horse during tacking up, does little to aid stability of the saddle during mounting and riding and affords only very limited flexibility over the lungs and sternum area during exercise.
The general shape of the horse and the means of mounting via a stirrup on one side often results in slippage of the saddle around to the side of the horse creating difficulty in mounting, especially from a ground position and also causing discomfort for the horse during the mounting procedure.
The tight fit which is required to maintain stability of the saddle during riding eliminates flexion of the girth over the sternum and lung area, so restricting breathing and creating discomfort for the horse during exercise and therefore limiting the horses natural performance.
The Solution To resolve these limitations 'flexi-Girth' has a centrally located elasticated section which when fitted correctly, locates across the horses sternum and directly opposite the position of the saddle.
The central location of the elasticated section greatly improves stability of the saddle during riding and most significantly during mounting, without the need for over-tightening. This also affords a much greater degree of flexion over the sternum and lungs of the horse so improving comfort and performance during exercise.
How it Works The central elasticated section of flexi-Girth locates evenly across the sternum. tension is applied to both ends of the elastic at the same time, so that When fitted evenly on both sides of the saddle an even when the left buckles are done up the centre to left side of the elastic expands and when the right buckles are done up the centre to right side of the elastic expands.
When mounting from the left the weight applied will create a shift of the saddle to the left side. The centre to left side of the elastic absorbs this movement by retracting, so reducing the tension on the left side of the elastic and therefore reducing the pull on the left side of the saddle. The centre to ride side of the elastic absorbs this movement by expanding, so increasing the tension on the right side of the elastic and therefore increasing the pull on the right side of the saddle. The forces on either side of the saddle therefore remain constant and stability is maintained. This principle applies throughout the ride, as the riders weight shifts in the saddle the twin forces applied to the elastic section absorbs the movement and maintains an even pull on both sides of the saddle so maintaining stability.
This principle is at its most effective when the elastic section is lightly tensioned and the girth can be flexed by hand away from the horses side. This then also allows the horse unrestricted freedom to breathe, affording unrivalled comfort and improving performance. Studies have shown that a restrictive girth can reduce the performance of a horse by as much as 20%.