This month marks one year since I got my Total Saddle Fit jump girth. Not only does it still look pretty good:
I'm also still very happy with that purchase, overall. Straight cut jump girths just do not work for Connor, a pony with a moderately sloping shoulder, a forward girth groove, and a strong dislike for saddle panels touching his shoulder (one reason he moves better in a Dressage saddle).
With a straight girth, I can either choose between putting the saddle too far forward, or having the girth pull the saddle forward through the course of the ride. Not so with an anatomic girth, and I think TSF is the best combination of price point and quality out there for anatomic girths. Full review her.
But when I needed to buy a Dressage girth for my new saddle, I was not sure whether he'd need an anatomical girth for a Dressage saddle. Then I saw this picture:
|Borrowed 26" straight girth here.|
Yeah...straight girth was not going to work for him. Of course I turned to TSF again:
|So tiny! Dressage girth is 20", jump girth is 44".|
It gets the saddle fit closer, though not nearly as perfect as the TSF jump girth gets the jump saddle.
JenJ pointed out that he really needs a point billet to make the fit perfect in a Dressage saddle. I'm not sure how I'd get that accomplished with this saddle, but I'll keep it in mind for the one my husband buys me when I show Third Level! (Ha ha.)
Compared to the jump girth, the construction is identically good, but the details and leather quality are much nicer on the Dressage girth. The leather on the underside of the girth looks and feels so different from the jump girth, I actually reached out to TSF to ask them about it. They said it was likely because they are always changing leather suppliers in order to get the best quality, and the supplier was almost certainly different between them, since they are both different colors and almost a year apart in construction times.
|The Dressage girth's underside is definitely calfskin. The jump girth is nowhere near as soft or supple, and doesn't condition very well. Any jump girth owners care to chime in with their experience?|
Overall, for the price point, I feel like the TSF is the best anatomical Dressage girth out there, and while it doesn't totally fix my single saddle fit "issue" (not really that big of an issue, all saddle fit issues considered), I'm much happier with it than I was with the fit of the saddle using the straight girth.