I think I may be the only dressage rider who doesn't use a leather girth. It's not that I don't like leather, but Speedy G can be really "girthy." I have found that the thicker and more plush the girth, the less he objects. For my endurance saddle I use a top quality Toklat, fleece girth. For my Wintec Isabell, I bought a 24" SMX Fleece Girth that is is very soft and plush. With my "new" Custom Saddlery Revolution, the billets hang differently which make my 24" girth too long. It's been working, but the girth comes to the bottom edge of my pad. The 24 inch girth works well for Sydney, but I needed something slightly smaller for Speedy G. Not to mention that it's kind of icky putting a wet girth on horse number two.
I have been looking for a 22 inch, or even smaller, fleece girth for quite some time. They're not exactly easy to find. The ones that I have found have been cheapos without good billet keepers. I know because I bought one of those cheapos a year or so ago and was pretty disappointed. So when I saw the Ovation girth, I was skeptical. Really? $39.90 and in a size that will fit my boy? I ordered it and figured I could always ship it back.
I won't need to return it. It fits Speedy G perfectly and he never flinched when I pulled the billets through the roller buckles. There are actually too many keeper straps so I simply tucked my billet ends into the bottom keepers. For showing I'll slide my billets through all three keepers for a neater appearance.
Need an inexpensive, but nicely made dressage girth? This may be it!