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Special Long Girth

Special Long Girth

For Icelandic horses, Native ponies and smaller Arabians: The Mattes Special Long Girth is designed to suit the body shape of these horses with a slightly curved shape. This generally prevents the girth from slipping forward and impeding elbow movement. The lack of the centrepiece is great for the narrower chested horse/pony as well that may experience discomfort from the Standard Mattes Crescent girth.

With the traditional MATTES quilting or top quality leather and lambskin. The Mattes Special Girth is also available in the Short Version.

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These girths were developed in co-operation with riders to accommodate horses with very narrow-standing front legs, small and/or short backed horses with rounded bodies.

The girths are featured with stabilising loops at the girth ends and spring loaded stainless steel buckles. With their slightly curved shape, they fit themselves to the built of these horses. Thus preventing the girths  to shirft too much forward into the movement area of the elbow.  Because of the short distance between the front legs the girths  have not got a wider centrepiece.


I tend to head this way with our smaller keg shaped ponies (Shetlands and Welsh) as the centrepiece is large.  We have been using them since 2017 and are slowly moving the kids girths over to Mattes (trying not to fall for their demands for 'pretty colours')

Of course, different strokes suit different folks, but for value for money these are a good option over the Crescent.

Our thanks for Mattes and Thomas Hartig for the Professional photos!

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