The fit of the girth and the positioning of the girth straps influence the fit of the saddle. Incorrect positioning can pull the saddle forward or backwards. The girth straps should be individually positioned so that the first strap forms a straight line from the fixation point to the girth. The girth should be the correct length and long enough to avoid interference with the elbow region which can lead to soreness.

Girths that are tightened too much or are too short much can also cause soreness and bruises in the sensitive elbow, and sternum area, which is often shown by negative reactions when girthing or by an unwillingness to move forward during work.

Girth too short!!

Girth length correct but girth position incorrect. No straight line with the first strap to the girth.

 Risk of the saddle being pulled forwards, changing the balance of the saddle.