How to Avoid a Slipping Girth
There's been a lot of press coverage given to the amazing win by California Chrome in the Group 1 Dubai World Cup (the world's richest race) at the Dubai World Cup meeting on March 26, 2016.
Not just because it was a great race but especially because of the "wardrobe malfunction" you can see in the above photo. The girth slipped way back and jockey Victor Espinoza did a fantastic job to stay cool and balanced while urging his mount to the wire.
This story is a great example of the importance of the following tips for all riders:
Finally, if your girth does start to slip (and assuming you're not racing for the Dubai World Cup), halt your horse, dismount, reset your saddle and girth up securely.
You and your horse will benefit from this simple saddling routine every time you ride:
Share your tips and tales in the comments below.
PS: I like to stretch each foreleg and my horses seem to appreciate it. Comment below if you do or don't.
Take care out there.
From a very early age I have been able to tune in to what horses and ponies were thinking and what they were likely to do next.