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.