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Stubben Saddles (#24360)

Stubben Equi-Soft Girth

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The Stubben Equi-Soft Girth is a revolutionary answer to girthing discomfort. While everyone has spent significant time perfecting saddle design, little has been done to improve the girth over the centuries. The root cause of discomfort is the constriction caused by girthing which reduces circulation and decreases the range of motion of underlying musculature.

The Equi-Soft girth, when properly adjusted, effectively deals with the constriction by giving in all directions and markedly reducing the tension.  This frees the underlying musculature, allows better circulation, and decreases the restriction of motion of the gut. As respiration is enhanced and the horse experiences less discomfort, pulse rate has been shown to be reduced during exercise. Since the muscles are less restricted, lateral flexibility is enhanced as well as the horse’s ability to employ the external obliques, serratus and other abdominal muscles necessary to support the topline. This is manifested in greater extension of the foreleg and more active employment of the hind quarters.

*This girth is NOT to be used with shoe studs*


Black: black leather girth w/ black leather bottom
Ebony: brown leather girth w/ brown leather bottom
Anthracite-Black: black leather girth w/ grey lambskin bottom
Beige-Brown: brown leather girth w/ beige lambskin bottom

*Note: To ensure proper use, the center of the girth must be positioned symmetrically on the horse's center. Never adjust only one side. The tension needs to be equal on both sides.
Favorite Features:
  • Removable chest pad for easy cleaning
  • Elastic system ensures proper distribution of pressure
  • Gives in all directions to reduce tension
  • Enhanced respiration proves to lower heart rate
  • Allows for better circulation while decreasing the restriction of gut motion
  • Allows for greater extension of the foreleg and more active hind quarters
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What Customers Say:
Stubben Equi-Soft Girth is rated 4.3 out of 5 by 23.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best girth for Iberian Horses and Lipizzaners I purchased this girth a few years ago for my Lipizzaner mare. It was the only girth that has ever fit her without rubbing. Likewise, it is perfect for my PRE and I have spread the about how well it works for Iberian horses and big barreled horses. Definitely worth the cost and the fleece liner cleans beautifully. Sizing seems funny at first but it is designed to be tightened and have some space between buckles and dressage saddle pad. Only caveat, do NOT use the second set of keepers to thread billets through, they are designed as part of the stretch system and will tear off.
Date published: 2022-08-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Just get it. I purchased this girth a month ago after YEARS of talking myself out of it (I don't REALLY need it etc). My young horse is sensitive to the type of girth I use AND is a kind of weird fit. I had settled on a crescent shaped ovation girth. The TSF style "shaped" girths do NOT work for her. As she's growing she's had issues off and on with the saddle coming forward too. For reference she is a 16.2 percheron x with larger withers than you'd think, short coupled with a big barrel but narrower athletic shoulders and uphill movement. This girth 1) magically stopped the saddle slipping forward (I got a 34" Anthracite-Black fleece version) and 2) makes her VERY happy when girthing up (no she doesn't have ulcers). I was worried the largest size might be too small and the pad part ALMOST is (see pictures) but she is very happy. I was concerned about the two narrow straps digging into her sides.... they don't even touch her! I'm able to leave the girth surprisingly both "loose" and tight at the same time, she's a BIG fan of that. For reference she wears a SOLID 56" long girth. The product is holding up well and is very easy to clean. I also read that the keepers are "worthless"..... I think the person that wrote that review doesn't know how to use keepers as they're great (and I'm PICKY!). Stop thinking about it and get the girth.
Date published: 2022-07-06
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Stubben Equisoft Girth Fair Warning, Folks: DO NOT BUY THIS GIRTH! DO NOT COUNT ON SMART-PAK TO MAKE GOOD ON A DEFECTIVE PRODUCT (even if it costs $300) AFTER 1 YEAR. If it falls apart is 13 months it is your tough luck. The sad part is that my sensitive mare loved this girth, but that doesn’t do much good if the workmanship is poor.
Date published: 2021-08-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Solved my "girthy" problems I had tried four other girths and a bunch of ulcer medication and nothing worked. I tried this girth and my horse has never reacted to tightening the girth. I have been using it exclusively for three years and it still looks pretty good.
Date published: 2020-09-11
Rated 1 out of 5 by from POOR QUALITY! I have been eyeballing this girth for years, the whole time achnowledging to myself the girth might not really end up beiing as good an idea as it appears in photos. There has also been the curiosity of trying an interesting new equine gadget that might actually make my horse's life better. Wow, what a let down after getting the girth! The let down is in workmanship! Talk about a bulky, hard edged piece of poor wormanship! While a super soft and squishy girth may fail to control the placement of pressure, this girth is hard. Yes, the edges are blunt, but they are hard and bulky. Even with padding, those hard edges of the leather girth are just going to press the edges of the padding into my horse's girth region. Now let's talk about that padding! While I wanted the neoprene version, SmartPak does not offer it so I purchased a fleece Equi-soft. Ugh! Makes the edges bulk more. Also, the fleece is all folded under so that the velcro can barely connect. While the pressure of it girthed up will hold the girth together, for that amount of money, I would like the item to WORK as described and expected. We all know how "Hook and Loop" collects debris. Well, on this girth the collected debris is the fleece itself. Due to the poor workmanship, I am returning the girth without even a single ride in it, yet there is one positive thing I can say about it: it was a pleasure to put on! Really! It girthed up easily. I could instantly feel the point where the elastic became snug and even after handwalking there was no temptation to tighten more. I could feel a pleasant give. I could also feel the constriction was tighter in the front 1/3 of the girth and not snug in the outer 1/3. Good? Bad? Did not ride in it so I cannot say. For perspective, my Iberian, draft horse cross is a very average, 1100 pound horse. Regardless, Thanks SmartPak for your return policy and ongoing excellent customer care!
Date published: 2020-06-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very well made The quality of this girth is excellent. I did not see a dramatic change in my mare after starting to use it, but she does seem to possibly be finding it easier to round her back, and bend. My saddle also seems to be staying in place. My mare definitely does not find it uncomfortable, and I haven't observed any rubbing.
Date published: 2020-05-12
Rated 2 out of 5 by from caused chafing Even when properly adjusting this girth equally on either side, my horse was rubbed raw on each side.
Date published: 2020-04-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My mare prefers this girth to TSF My Friesian cross mare who is extremely sensitive has responded well to this girth. She absolutely dislike the TSF stretchtech shoulder relief girth in black wool fleece. I had gotten the TSF girth in both neoprene as well as black wool fleece. I got such a negative response from the black wool fleece that I did not check neoprene version. Also, someone else at the barn had the stubben equi-soft girth in leather which I tested on her with a great response. So I just went with that and have been extremely pleased with the stubben girth. i really liked the TSF stretchtec concept and wish I had tried it in leather to provide them with a fair review.
Date published: 2020-03-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Thoughtful Design; Does the Job My fussy friesian has a very forward girth spot and he has always required expensive high maintenance sheepskin contour girths. I also had to tighten those girths to keep my saddle from slipping. No one was happy. I bought the Stubben girth on a SP sale (thank you!) and decided to try the leather version. There is no pinching, no girth bulk near his elbows no sores, easy to wipe off and although I can easily get my fingers under the girthing straps, my saddle does not slip. Most importantly, my boy doesn't turn around and look at me when I tack up and he gives me his amazing huge over step walk again. Worth the price.
Date published: 2020-02-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Does what it claims Immediate difference on a horse that came to me VERY girthy. Still some habit reactions at first but has improved immensely. Noticeable difference under saddle as well. Also loved by another of my horses that is just very sensitive. Elastic has stretched out a bit after about 3 months. Holding up fairly well, keepers are worthless though. They need to re-evaluate that part of the design.
Date published: 2019-10-22
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