A year ago I did a review of the Total Saddle Fit StretchTec Shoulder Relief Dressage Girth. It was a completely unsolicited review; I just genuinely like the girth. It solves the problem of Nilla’s forward girth groove which is exacerbated by her having no withers and being downhill. Normal girths just end up in her armpit and pull the whole saddle onto her shoulder. The TSF girth keeps everything in place.
A year later, I still love this girth. Since my initial review, I have added the sheepskin liner because Nilla is a sensitive little mule and I like having that extra layer of comfort and protection. Because it works so well, I don’t just use the girth for dressage. I’ve done gaming events and hilly trail rides with the girth and it really helps keep the saddle where it’s supposed to be.
I like the girth so much that this year, when we bought Eugene a dressage saddle and needed a girth for it, we bought another StretchTec girth. Eugene has a bit of a wide barrel and a narrow girth groove and this girth helps to both keep his saddle where it’s supposed to be and keep the girth away from his elbows.
We recently had a saddle fitter come out and check the fit of Levi and Eugene’s saddles. While Eugene’s dressage saddle wasn’t a good fit for him, she loved the TSF girth and recommended getting one for Eugene’s jumping saddle as well. She didn’tt recommend a TSF girth for Levi because his shape is different and he doesn’t need one. The TSF girth isn’t for every horse, but for those horses – or mules – that need an anatomic girth, I think it’s the best one out there.
In my review from a year ago, I mentioned that, while I loved the new StretchTec girth, I didn’t really like Nilla’s TSF jumping girth. I bought it used and I was an older model from before they changed their leather. While I liked how the TSF jumping girth worked for keeping Nilla’s saddle in place and freeing up her shoulder, I didn’t love the leather. Luckily, the new girths are made with a much higher quality leather.
The difference between the new one for Eugene and Nilla’s older one is pretty dramatic: the padding on the new one is soft and supple and the top is a more flexible dark brown leather color instead of the stiff, reddish color of Nilla’s. Really, the only thing I would change is for TSF to come out with a StretchTec version of the jumping girth. I like Eugene’s new girth enough that I would consider getting one to replace Nilla’s if she weren’t out of work right now. Maybe for Christmas 🙂
A few weeks ago, the owner of Total Saddle Fit found my review of the StretchTec girth online and reached out to thank me. I asked him if he’d be interested in doing a giveaway of a girth here on DIY Horse Ownership and he agreed. The prize is the winner’s choice of one Total Saddle Fit girth. You’ll be able to pick the model, size, and color you want. I’m so excited; I wish I could win the contest myself.
*Disclaimer: I did not receive anything in exchange for doing this review or for the previous review. None of the links in this post are affiliate links and I don’t get anything in exchange for running this giveaway. I genuinely like TSF’s girths and I’m excited for someone else to get one.
For a chance to win your choice of Shoulder Relief Girth, complete the rafflecopter below.
The stretchtch version looks like a nice girth. Gem has a huge rib cage and tiny girth groove so I fight the forward moving saddle a good bit. I purchased one of the very first generation TSF girths and was not impressed at all. The leather quality was awful plus the girth was so bulky it created a lot of rubs. I know they have since changed it up and I’d be tempted to try a new version if I needed a new girth in the future. Or win one!!
I completely agree. Nilla’s old jumping girth is not good. The sheepskin liner does make it work for me, but the new ones are much nicer. The dressage ones with the Stretchtec are even nicer.
very cool follow up review. 🙂 i think entered (I hope I entered) 🙂
I’m actually not sure if you entered. Did you use a different email address to enter?
This looks like a very nice girth. I really like the padding, and the way it gives freedom of movement. My horse Frisby could really use this! Thank you for sharing your thoughts with us!
Thanks for entering.
I’ve always been super curious about these girls. Not ever quite enough to pull the trigger bc I had perfectly fine girths of my own. But…. Charlie needs a new dressage girth so this contest is timely lol
The dressage girth is definitely my favorite.
Thanks for the review. My mare has a forward girth groove and I’ve been wanting to try one of these, I may have to bite the bullet if I don’t win the giveaway!
I would recommend buying one if you don’t win. They’re worth it.
they have cinches as well girths (with a neat roller to help tighten more smoothly) . i switched as part of some changes i made to help my mare with her sore back. but i have a rolly polly gypsy with no withers that can use one too
The western cinch is the only one I haven’t tried. They look really nice though.
I have been dying to try out the TSF girths. Thanks for the honest review!
Ha ha. No dying necessary; just enter the contest 🙂
I’ve been wanting to try one of these for a long time and finally bought a normal size equine who might be able to wear one. Maybe it’ll help with his girthiness.
What sized equine did you own before?
Oh this is exciting! Hope we get to try it out too 😉
It’s very exciting.
These look like a really great product!
They really are
I’ve been curious and would love to try one for my new jump saddle!
I recommend trying one.
Would love one for my massive TB.
What a cool thing for them to do!
TSF is a great company.
I was recommended one of these girths by someone for TC because his shoulder is so giant. I haven’t looked much into them yet though, good to hear you guys have had good experiences with them though!
Nilla also has a huge shoulder and prior to this girth the saddle would be up on her shoulder.
Perfect timing! I have a similar issue with one of my horses. Her girth groove is soooo far forward and she has no withers. I have delayed getting her under saddle because I am wary of giving her a bad first experience. I have heard some good things about these girths and it sounds like I just need to order one and find out for myself.
If she’s that bad, you might want to add a crupper in addition to the TSF girth. I still use a crupper with Nilla to keep her saddle fully back.
I wish the synthetic one came in ap sizes too.
That’s exactly what I want too.
Oooh – the TSF girths have the most offset of any on the market…definitely would like to try a dressage one with Tess 😀
I think the deep offset is why saddle fitters recommend TSF.
Oooh! I’d like to try one of these with Batts! Hopefully I’ve entered!
Love TSF! Definitely need a new girth.
OTTB and mare = very sensitive to girthing. I wonder if the TSF would help…
Levi is very girthy as well. Poor sensitive horses…
:O This is so exciting! I actually asked my fitter about an anatomic girth, and she wasn’t sure if Murray really needed one. I’d love to try it, but it’s a bit tough to just eat the purchase price to try it out. I’m glad they work so well for Nilla and Eugene though!
Our fitter didn’t want an anatomic for Levi and I was actually kinda sad about that.
Man, I’m torn as to which one I’d get if I won. Grif’s jump saddle could use a new girth, but Q is now going western and could really use a new girth, too. So a girth for jumping or the western cinch would be great…decision, decisions haha.
The western one is the only one I haven’t tried. It does look nice though.
I tried the TSF dressage girth when they first came out, and it didn’t really work for my baby horse at the time. But he is almost growed now, so maybe I should try it again! He is a short-coupled and round-ish Lusitano with a narrow, slightly forward girth groove…
I really like the new StretchTec girths. The stretchy center makes the girth fit much better.
Emi has the stretchtec girth and I really like it too!
Yes! I love the stretchtec ones.
Would love that dressage girth!! Awesome giveaway!
The dressage girth is definitely my favorite.
JenJ gave me one of her old dressage TSF girths and I absolutely loved it. Bobby outgrew it pretty quickly and I eventually rehomed it, but I’d love to get another one. I guess I haven’t been keeping up with them too well because I didn’t even know they had so many options out!
It seems like they’re doing pretty well with expansion.
No idea if my guys need one of these, but I’d be interested to try one on them. 🙂
They’re not for every horse. The saddle fitter did not want me to use one on Levi for example, but it might work for Paige given she’s pretty broad.
Would love to try one and I think I entered!
You are entered! Thanks.
I’ve been wanting to try these!
I really do enjoy them.
I’ve seen these, and they look perfect for both my horse and my mule!
It’s been very helpful for my mule.
I’ve really been hoping they’ll make a stretch tec jumping girth. Badger wears this really unattractive but pretty cool girth from Prestige, but I don’t think he should show hunters in it. A stretch tec would be most similar to his ugly one and more attractive to show in.
I know. If they would come out with the StretchTec AP girth, I would buy one tomorrow.
Glad you posted about this! I have a ton of trouble fitting my mule!
Saddle fitting for my mule has been the longest, most frustrating saddle shopping experience. This girth certainly helps.
I have TSF girths for my dressage and jump saddles and love them! I am super interested in the Stretch Tec version. I think it would be just that much more comfortable and effective.
The stretchtec is really a great addition!
I’ve always wanted to try a TSF girth on my fjord as he has a bit of a funny shaped girth area. Great to hear that it’s worked for your equids that are similarly built.
Nilla has a pretty similar build so it might work for a Fjord too.
I’ve wanted one of these forever!
I want one of the Stretchtec for the to go with the new treeless saddle I am ordering this fall.
I really should try combining the girth with my treeless.
I have always wondered how these girths would work on my Cobs 🙂
I believe that CobJockey uses one on her Cob.
Nice! I’ve always wanted to try an anatomic girth, but then Leo retired and now Spring is in a pretty constant state of changing shapes.
Does girthing change shape the same way backs do? I hope not. Levi’s back has been changing but so far his girth groove has stayed the same.
How exciting, this girl looks like something my molly mule would definitely benefit from!
It has really helped with my mule.
Lol girth! Dumb auto correct!!
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I’ve been crushing on Total Saddle Fit for some time now. One would go great with my new (used) dressage saddle! Thanks for the giveaway.
They are certainly crush worthy.
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I don’t know if I can participate this raffle from Finland but I’m in desperate need of this kind of girth for my mule!
I don’t know either. He didn’t say if he would ship international. I would guess that a TSF girth would really help you though.
I’ve been wanting to try one of the jump style shoulder relief girths!
The new ones are really nice.
I haven’t tried one but I know they work well for many horses.
I’ve seen lots of positive reviews.
So cool!! I haven’t ever tried one, but they seem pretty neat!
I think they’re great.
I’ve been wanting to try one out!
They’re definitely worth a try.
I just bought a TSF for Mia’s jumping saddle and I really like it! She needed something that helped sit the County back a little more due to her shoulders and needing to use the 2/3 billets instead of 1/3. I would love a 30 inch black one for her dressage saddle or a 50 inch black one for a show girth! <3 <3 <3
Oh, a black jump girth! Do you have a black jumping saddle?
Pick me pick me! I’m poor and love TSF stuff 😛
If this contest was based on lack of $ and love of TSF, I’d pick myself 🙂 I’m just doing a random draw.
Yeah I would definitely love to try out the jumping girth, they mention the effect on freeing up their shoulders and front end and I’d love to see how it helps.
It seems to help Nilla and Eugene.
I really like the StretchTec Shoulder Relief Girth’s design, but who knows if my next horse will need one! Very cool opportunity to win a well made girth! 🙂
It’s worth entering. Sorry again.
I have been intrigued by this girths so thanks for the review.
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Thanks for the opportunity to win!
I’d pick the jump one. I’ve been using my HDR girth for like 3 years now and it’s time for a change.
Change is good.
These are really intriguing! I think I’d go for the StretchTec English girth, though I wouldn’t say no to the western cinch either! 😀
Both good choices.
Awesome! I have the jump and dressage girth, I would love a black dressage girth for my mare to match her saddle.
The dressage girth is certainly my favorite.
I always wanted to try one of these for Stamp but he needed too big of a size (60″). P never had a girth issue. Maybe for future pony?
Wow, a 60″ girth? He doesn’t look that big.
Ooooo I want one!
Me too 🙂
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I’d be very interested to try one of their newer births. I have one of the older ones and while I really like how it helps my saddle fit I actually hate the girth. Despite meticulous care the underside leather cracked really early on, it leached dye onto my horses white sides and it became discoloured in a very short period of time.
The older one I have for Nilla never leached dye, but it was not as nice as the newer ones. I will say, the addition of the sheepskin liner to the old ones makes them much more usable.If you don’t end up winning, I’d recommend getting the liner.
I wasn’t going to enter since I already have one but I’m thinking I need a shorter one and I LOVE my current girth so I figured why not 🙂
You might as well enter
I’ve heard such great things about all of their girths!
I don’t think I’ve read a bad review.
I’ve been debating one of these (the dressage version) for my round as a barrel Anglo-Trakehner mare-
I just started her under saddle, and am trying to find a saddle/pad/girth combo that keeps the saddle off of her neck 🙂 I also wanted to say that I’ve really enjoyed reading your blog- I adopted a 6 year old Mustang mare in January, and have been so impressed by her athleticism and intelligence.
Mustangs are awesome. You might want to consider a crupper in addition to the girth for your first mare. For Nilla, I need both to fully keep the saddle off her neck. For my husband’s horse, the girth is enough.