EA Mattes SLIM-LINE Cinch
Available via special order, delivery is usually between 4 - 6 weeks.
Slim-Line Western girths/cinch feature a detachable sheepskin cover with leather closures and a leather base rather than the traditional quilt fabric, for a sleek, low profile appearance.
- The same beautiful design refined for a more elegant appearance
- Detachable lambskin cover
- Flatter and slimmer
- Added elbow space
- Simple removal of the plastic insert and quick installation after washing
- Available in black, brown and champagne coloured leather
- Wool colour can be selected from our full range of colours
What shape do i need?
Contoured - The contoured style is the one with shaping on both edges. The contoured girths are good for horses with good conformation. The elbow section is cut back to allow extra room for the elbow movement.
Asymmetric - There is also the asymmetric style which has shaping on one edge and straight on the other edge. This is good for horses with more bulge below and a wide ribcage and/or with awkward girth position. The deeper recess in the elbow area allows even more clearance for the elbow, than the Contoured girth.
Crescent - Available for wide barrelled horses with a narrow front & bulging ribcage starting directly behind the elbow. Often to be found in short backed horses (typical for arab mares) where other girths don’t give enough room. The Crescent girth is cut in a way that it opens to the rear in the sides and below to accommodate the far forward reaching bulge.
Athletico - Specifically made for horses with an athletic, wedges shaped body. In a way it solves the reversed problem that the crescent girth was designed for. The saddle tends to slip back, also pulling the girth backwards, because all the lines of the horses body: back, ribcage & sternum to belly taper towards the rear. So instead of opening to the rear this girth simply opens to the front.
Elastic on girths explained
The girths are elasticated, and yes the Germans have engineered them with precision to provide the right degree of elastication.
Elastication for the dressage girths is achieved by attaching the buckles to the girth with heavy elastic. This provides a small amount of stretch which is all that's needed in a dressage girth. It basically allows the horse to breathe comfortably, and enough movement to allow the horse to be flexible through the ribcage, whilst remaining supported through the sternum, at the same time preventing the saddle from moving around.
The long girths on the other hand have a few centimetres of elastication. This style of girth requires a lot more stretch as there is a lot of movement when a horse is galloping/jumping/hacking than when dressage schooling/competing/etc on an arena.
The Mattes girths are available in a wide variety of colors to suit your personal style whether you want conservative, show ring appropriate black or a pop of bright color with Raspberry or maybe Teal to match your saddle blanket!
More information on the background of EA Mattes & their girth design
Mattes has studied girth design since 2002 and found girths that are correctly designed but not very well made, some which look correctly designed but are outright wrong, and those that are just plain wrong for the horse's body.
One of the basic problems found was that the pressure distribution on the sternum did not work, mostly because of wrong construction. Even with a wide central plate, the pressure is actually only concentrated along the centre of the sternum, sometimes in an area only 2-3cm wide.
Mattes girths have internal straps working against a plastic centre-piece, resulting in equal pressure distribution on the sternum.
Mattes girths also feature the unique Soft-Edge design where the edges are soft and well rounded.
We only stock black quilt with black lambskin in crescent & athletico shapes. Other shapes are fully stocked in black, brown & black/white combinations. Any other shape/colour combination must be back ordered. Please allow 5-8 weeks for any customised order.
Please note: There is a label with direction indicator. Always place the girth according to the label.
Important: The distance between saddle flap & cinch edge shouldn't exceed 4 finger widths, so the cut back part of the cinch is in area of the elbow action. For small horses, with a very short distance between saddle flap & elbow use the Special Short cinch for narrow built horses.