One day soon you may see me on the news laughing with a manic look in my eyes as I burn a massive pile of girths to ash.
To say I am frustrated is an understatement.
When I first got the jump saddle, I went out and put it on Gem with her saddle pad and took a string to measure from center billet hole to center billet hole keeping the string tight. I got 51″.
Her dressage girth is slightly too big, but makes everything snug on the highest hole. It measures at 24″. She probably could use a 22″.
Armed with all the knowledge I went to the tack store. I wanted a 50″ based on what I measured, but they lady talked me into a 44″ based on the adage of adding 20″ to the dressage. The dressage has super long billets and the jump average short ones, but she owns the shop so I believed her.
When I tried it on Gem, I couldn’t even reach the first hole pulling as hard as I could. It was a good 2-3″ shy while being buckled on the bottom most hole on the opposite side.
I was annoyed because now I had no girth and shouldn’t have let her talk me out of what I wanted. I returned the girth and she told me to get a 46″ but I wasn’t believing that. It was only 2″ longer than the one I couldn’t get on at all and I wanted the 50″ based on my measurements.
A week later it arrived. I happily, and quite stupidly, pulled the tag off and tacked Gem up Monday night.
The damn thing is to fricking big. On the highest holes it is still looser than I am comfortable with and forced me to use the second and third billets instead of the first and third. Which then let the saddle slip forward a bit. Nothing major but not perfect.
The tags are off. I can’t return it. And I can’t really use it. I’ll sell it online hopefully, but now I’m still without a girth.
And I have no idea what size to actually get. 44″‘was way too small and not usable. 50″ was way too big and not usable.
48″ or 46″?
I’m sure whichever I choose won’t work, but I will likely get the 48″ for fear that the 46″ will also be too small.
My endurance saddle used western rigging and Gem goes in a 20″. It’s way more forgiving though which these English ones are not.
Can I just invent a new way to attach a saddle to a horse?