Jumping girths, also known as English girths, are a type of girth used in English riding. They are shorter than dressage girths and have metal rings on either side to attach the stirrup leathers. Jumping girths are used to keep the saddle from slipping back while jumping, and they help distribute the rider's weight more evenly across the horse's back.
Jumping girths come in a variety of materials, including leather, nylon, and neoprene. Leather jumping girths are the most traditional and offer the best grip, but they require more care and maintenance than other types of girths. Nylon and neoprene girths are more durable and easier to clean, but they may not provide as much grip as leather girths.
Jumping girths should be fastened snugly, but not too tightly, to ensure that the saddle stays in place and the horse is comfortable. The girth should be checked frequently to make sure that it is not too loose or too tight.
When choosing a jumping girth, it is important to consider the horse's size, conformation, and level of activity. Jumping girths are available in a variety of sizes to fit both ponies and horses. Horse owners should also consider the type of saddle being used, as some saddles require special jumping girths.