And to the relief and enthusiasm of many Le Tixerant fans – they can be ordered at Just Equus! The quality is back to its original level, and for the dressage style – the color of the elasticated part is now black like the leather ends. Here is some information about the Le Tixerant Girth for those who are not familiar with it yet:
“In cooperation with a major medical textile company in France, The Le Tixerant Comfort Girth was developed to allow freedom of movement for the horse, while keeping the saddle in place. A special patented material sewn into the middle of the girth expands, giving comfort to the horse, easier breathing and movement for the chest area. Scientific studies have proven that a tightened girth inhibits optimum performance of a horse. Specifically, a rigid girthing affects the respiratory function and compresses the muscles, thereby reducing the blood flow and supply of oxygen. This can result in contractures, spasms, impaired action, reduced power, uneven gaits, defense reactions and refusals. The solution is a girth designed to move with the horse. The Tixerant Comfort Girth is radical in its simplicity, incorporating a wide centre section of a technical material made by Gibaud (a medical textile company) the girth offers a high capacity for elongation, allowing your horses’ ribs to expand and contract without any restriction. This unique elastic panel also covers a much larger area of your horses belly than usual to reduce pressure and virtually eliminate the risk of pinching. Yet, despite the elasticity, it keeps the saddle in place more effectively than a standard girth, due to an integrated non-slip pad on the inside, positioned over the sternum to keep the saddle centralized and fully secure.”
For most horses – the Le Tixerant provides welcome relief while allowing for a very stabilized saddle without overtightening of the girth. We do not recommend it for extremely forward girth grooves, or ponies as it is a wider design.
I research the products we sell at Just Equus and my collection of girths has grown over the years. My horse is a perfect test subject as she has an opinion about everything and expresses herself well. My horse made it clear that the Le Tixerant was her girth of choice. On switching back to a traditional leather girth or a couple other test girths I have tried on her, she has turned to stare at me and then the girth as if to say “uhmmm, this is the wrong girth, please use the right one.”.. Then she takes this big breath as if to say – look I can’t breathe like I can in MY girth. It is true, the Le Tixerant allows for more expansion of the rib cage without sacrificing stability. I do believe there are other wonderful girths that will be appropriate for different horses’ needs, but the Le Tixerant is clearly my horse’s favorite.