The must have girth for ultimate performance and comfort!
The Mattes Short Girths with Detachable Covers provides luxurious comfort for your horse! They feature four different types of shapes to
cater for all types of horses. They also feature a removable cover that uses the same top quality sheepskin as used in the saddle pads.
Sheepskin's natural properties will prevent pressure points and rubs, while absorbing and wicking away heat and sweat. Stainless Steel
Buckles with elastic buckle straps on both ends.
- Wide center piece
- Buckle flap edges tapered so no pressure ridges
- Stainless steel roller buckles & D-ring
- Distributes pressure over the sternum where horses are less sensitive
- Elastic buckle straps on both sides
- Size is always specified from buckle end to buckle end
What shape do i need?
Contoured - The contoured style is the one with shaping on both edges. The contoured girths are good for horses with good
conformation. The elbow section is cut back to allow extra room for the elbow movement.
Asymmetric - There is also the asymmetric style which has shaping on one edge and straight on the other edge. This is good
for horses with more bulge below and a wide ribcage and/or with awkward girth position. The deeper recess in the elbow area allows even more
clearance for the elbow, than the Contoured girth.
Crescent - Available for wide barrelled horses with a narrow front & bulging ribcage starting directly behind the
elbow. Often to be found in short backed horses (typical for arab mares) where other girths don’t give enough room. The Crescent girth is
cut in a way that it opens to the rear in the sides and below to accommodate the far forward reaching bulge.
Athletico - Specifically made for horses with an athletic, wedges shaped body. In a way it solves the reversed problem that
the crescent girth was designed for. The saddle tends to slip back, also pulling the girth backwards, because all the lines of the horses
body: back, ribcage & sternum to belly taper towards the rear. So instead of opening to the rear this girth simply opens to the front.
Elastic on girths explained
The girths are elasticated, and yes the Germans have engineered them with precision to provide the right degree of elastication.
Elastication for the dressage girths is achieved by attaching the buckles to the girth with heavy elastic. This provides a small amount of
stretch which is all that's needed in a dressage girth. It basically allows the horse to breathe comfortably, and enough movement to allow
the horse to be flexible through the rib cage, whilst remaining supported through the sternum, at the same time preventing the saddle from
*The distance between saddle flap & girth edge shouldn't exceed 4 finger widths, so the cut back part of the girth is in area of
the elbow action.*Please note: There is a label with direction indicator. Always place the girth according to the label.
*Please note there is a possibility of dye bleeding from dark or bright coloured sheepskin onto light coloured quilt. A slight
staining is possible from dark or bright coloured wool onto the hair of grey/light coloured horses. Fading of the wools surface is also
possible, due to the composition of the horses sweat, which varies horse to horse.
*Please note all Mattes orders are made per customer order, Allow 4-8 weeks turn around time. Stock colours are Black, Black/White &
Please let us know in the notes section of your order, which colour choices you would like for your girth.