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A broad strap that runs underneath the horse's trunk (approximately one hand's width behind the elbows) and is buckled to the girth straps on either side of a saddle (normally two). It holds the saddle in place and can be made from different materials (leather, strong fabric, synthetic). Long girths are generally used on jumping and GP saddles, while short girths are used on dressage saddles. Girths can have different shapes (e.g. anatomic girths), which help to distribute the pressure evenly, or allow for the movement of the horse's front legs. Stud girths have a broad section of leather or synthetic material behind the forelimbs to protect this area from injury through studs when the horse folds its limbs over a jump.

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