Our cinches run true to size so you would most likely use the same size you use now.
We generally recommend a gap of about 8″ from the top of the buckle on the cinch to the rigging on your saddle, on both sides. This will usually put the cinch in a sweet spot though sizing can vary based off horse size and the drop length of your pad. This is for standard western rigging, drop down would be less of a gap depending on the drop.
It’s a good idea to see where your current cinch is sitting in relation to your rigging when girthed up tight. Then measure it the same way we measure ours (buckle end to buckle end) and order accordingly while targeting the proper gap between buckle and rigging.
The main thing we want is for the buckles to sit high enough on the sides of your horse so they are above the path of the elbow. If you happen to fall in between sizes, we recommend going with the larger. You get better pressure distribution with a longer cinch.
If you are coming from a mohair or stirring cinch, we recommend going up a size in our cinch to account for the stretch that string cinches have.
You are always welcome to send inside view pictures of your current cinch girthed up tight on your horse and we can let you know what we think for sizing. Please send pictures to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Dressage Girth Sizing:
Our girths measure true to size buckle-end to buckle-end, and we suggest the gap from the end of the buckles on the girth be about 6 inches from the bottom of your saddle flap, on both sides. This will generally put your girth in a good spot, though horse size and pad length can affect this. Your best bet is to measure your current girth the same way, check the fit in relation to your saddle flap on your horse, then order accordingly. Just make sure the buckles are high enough on the sides so they don’t interfere with the path of the elbow.
You are always welcome to send in side view pictures of your current girth cinched up on your horse (the way you do it when riding) and we can let you know what we think for sizing. If you happen to fall in between sizes, we recommend going with the larger. Please send pictures to: email@example.com
Jump/AP Girth Sizing:
Our girths measure true to size buckle-end to buckle-end and we generally recommend the buckles sit at the 3rd or 4th billet hole on either side of your saddle. Just make sure the buckles are at the same hole on either side so the girth sits centered on your horse.
Our jump girths tend to fit a bit small due to the design, so it’s a good idea to go up in size from your current girth to account for this. The elastic in the StretchTec will generally compensate for this so you would most likely be the same size in the StretchTec jump.
Stirrup Leather Sizing:
We measure our leathers to the industry standard, as an overall length from the end of the buckle to the tip of the leather. So you would most likely use the same length you are currently using. If you are in between sizes, we recommend going with the larger so you have enough tail on the leathers to reach the keeper on your saddle flap.
We recommend measuring your current leathers when on the saddle from the stirrup bar to your iron. You can then compare that to our “in use” lengths to see what size range you fall under. Our “in use” size ranges are:
Traditional Jump: 48: 16-22 inches
Traditional Jump: 54: 18-25 inches
Traditional Jump: 58: 20-27 inches
Traditional Dressage 54: 20-25 inches
Traditional Dressage 60: 21-28 inches
Traditional Dressage 64: 22-30 inches
Slim Jump Small: 17-22 inches
Slim Jump Medium: 18-23 inches
Slim Dressage Medium: 20-25inches
Slim Dressage Large: 21-26 inches
Our pad will fit like any other western pad so if your current pad length is working, we recommend sticking with the same size.
If you are unsure what length you need, we recommend measuring the length of your saddle from front to back and accounting for about 2” of pad to stick past the front of your saddle and about 2” to stick past the back of your saddle.
All of our pads are 30” wide, so they will all have a 15” drop to them. Every pad comes with a complete set of shims.
Our English pad sizing is based off of your saddle seat size.
Small/Medium (S/M) fits 16.5” seat saddles to 17.5” seat saddle.
Medium/Large (M/L) fits 18” seat saddles to 18.5” seat saddle.
Our cotton pads can fit larger seat sizes since they don’t have a rolled fleece edge to them.
There can be variation in panel length between difference brands or styles of saddles so please note these are general size ranges.
Neoprene: This is the grippiest material we offer which makes it great for keeping the girth/cinch in place. It’s also the easiest material to clean and maintain. It’s our most low profile liner so it will add the least amount of bulk to the cinch. This tends to work best on horses with smaller builds or on horses that have a tendency to push the cinch forward into the elbow area due to a rounded barrel or forward girth groove. Neoprene is the least breathable of the liner materials so heat and sweat can be an issue in hot or humid climates. The grippy texture of neoprene can cause discomfort on very sensitive horses, though this is rare. We use a high quality limestone based neoprene which is superior to the petroleum based neoprene or the neoprene blends that are out there.
Fleece: Fleece is our softest liner so it tends to work well for sensitive horses or horses that have issues with heat and sweat. We use a 100% real wool woven fleece for our liners. So it’s real wool that’s woven into a cotton backing. We find it to be more consistent, more breathable and easier to clean than sheepskin hides. Real wool fleece gives you breathability and moisture wicking properties that synthetic substitutes cannot. Fleece offers the least amount of grip so it may not be the best choice of liner if you are having issues with your cinch slipping.
Felt (Western only): We use a real wool felt for our liners so you get the benefits that wool has to offer, like breathability and moisture wicking properties. Felt isn’t as grippy as neoprene, but offers more grip than fleece so its a great middle ground between the liners.
Leather (English only): Leather is the industry standard for English girths. We use a soft calfskin on our leather liners for comfort and functionality. Leather is a great middle ground between neoprene and fleece since it covers all bases as far as being comfortable, while offering enough grip and breathability.