A good girth holds the saddle in place without slipping. You need a jumping and all purpose girth for your jumping or eventing saddle because these saddles have short saddle flaps.
Whether you choose a leather girth, a sheepskin girth or a neoprene girth will depend on your personal preference. Additional sheepskin makes the jumping girth comfortable and protects the horse's belly from friction. Elastic inserts can make saddling easier.
Jumping girths are used in show jumping and eventing. Since the saddles in these disciplines have shorter saddle flaps, these girths are longer than those in dressage and hold the saddle securely in place. Jumping girths are available in leather and synthetic materials and can also be lined with sheepskin.
Once a horse has a girth problem, the only thing that can help is a lot of patience. It is better to prevent girth pressure from developing in the first place than to train it away later. It develops when the horse has unpleasant experiences with tightening the girth. This usually happens when the girth is tightened too quickly and too tightly. A first measure is therefore to tighten the girth slowly in several successive stages.
Today, you no longer have to settle for a model made of cord with a sheepskin cover. Nowadays, numerous variations of girths are produced which are designed to make saddling more comfortable for the horse by means of appropriate padding. These are, for example, leather girths with 10 mm thick foam padding or fully elastic girths made of several layers with a rubber band. Girths with extensions distribute the pressure over a larger area. In addition, they are often padded with a foam material or sheepskin.