Tyler Bradshaw's Girthing For Comfort & Performance

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Tyler Bradshaw's Girthing For Comfort & Performance


Acavallo Dressage GirthsWe are delighted to have Tyler sharing her words of wisdom and experience with a series of Blogs with us.  In her first article she shares one of her favourite items of tack.

OK, so I like to think of myself as somewhat of a girth aficionado, I find myself naturally pulled towards the more upmarket girth (I’m sure it’s a disorder that I alone, do not suffer from!!!!)


Recently I had been finding myself eyeing up the Acavallo anatomical short girth mostly because, if I’m honest, I needed a short girth for my small young horse and didn’t want to cough up huge amounts if he was going to expand out of it!


I was shocked at the price. In comparison to my preferred brands (I usually use a Passier Blu or Albion revelation).


Acavallo Gel Short Dressage GirthsOn purchase, something that did catch my eye, was the gel shock absorption on the inside of the girth which eliminates pinching & relieves pressure on the abdomen enabling a tight close fitting girth without discomfort, something that has actually encouraged my advanced horse to relax and come over the back much more effectively. He has a large area of scar tissue from an invasive colic surgery and the gel cushions this area beautifully, it’s contoured to fit around the elbow which I’ve found really maximises freedom of movement, it also boasts an airflow pattern integrated into the gel pad elements, This improves flexion, breathability and reduces sweat build up.




I also find that for horses that perhaps enjoyed Christmas too much! and haven’t quite hit their ‘summer body goals’ yet, it really helps stabilise saddles keeping them central without any lateral shifting, this doesn’t just stop with the slightly rounder frame but also anything that likes to keep its feet off the ground!



This comfort girth is made from composite material & soft eco leather.


In Summary

The Acavallo Gel & PVC Short Dressage Girth has a sophisticated safety fastening hook and a D ring attachment designed to eliminate need for additional snap hooks for martingales and the like, creating a smooth safe connection.   I find myself using it on all my horses from youngsters to my advanced horses!

I’ve not found one horse that doesn’t go better in it so I guess that begs the question..... does the best gear always need to be the most expensive?  No it doesn't and this super little dressage grith from Acavallo proves it


Author: Tyler Bradshaw

Tyler is a South West based dressage rider based at Mill Lane Livery & Competition Centre.  A popular instructor and competition rider, Tyler shares a wealth of experience with us and our customers here at Barnstaple Equestrian Supplies.



We are able to supply the range of Acavallo Girths, you can order online or if you would like help with picking the right girth then you are welcome to call us on 01271 850278

More About Acavallo

Innovation, attention to detail and safety are the key elements characterising the design of Acavallo® range of new leather girths. To make the girth line unique, revolutionary and suitable for various requirements, we have created different models with Acavallo gel panel inserts as well as with removable lambskin linings. The Acavallo gel panel, positioned near the sternum, reduces pressure and consequently improves blood circulation increasing the supply of oxygen during movement of the horse. In addition, the anti-slip Acavallo gel always keeps the saddle in the correct position, avoiding backward slipping or unbalances. The removable eco-wool lining can be washed in order to prevent irritations caused by dirt residues. No detail has been overlooked, which is also shown by the use of special heavy-duty elastic girth straps. The elastic fibres of this innovative material feature an especially compact structure, thus ensuring maximum resistance and minimum thickness. Last not least, attention to every detail of our products is also shown by the fact that we are only using premium quality stainless steel roller buckles for our girths.

Acavallo has designed and made a new collection of Gel Girth for different equestrian disciplines: Jumping, Dressage & Icelandic, paying attention to three keywords: innovation, safety and attention to details. You can choose the one that suits your needs.

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