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February 10, 2009

Donkey Saddle Girths

Question: I want to rig my saddle cinches as described in this article. What size and type of girths should I get for my mammoth donkeys?

Answer: Usually the donkey's rear belly circumference (girth plus billets) is longer than the front (heart girth) circumference. However, you also have to take into account that usually the rear billets on a saddle are also longer than the front off-billet and cinch strap. So depending on how much difference your donkeys' size is between the front and back, you may be able to use the same size girths on both the front and back cinches. Usually the donkeys require pretty small girths. The size required may vary depending on the way your saddle is made. My Tucker saddle has its cinch rings much lower than my other western saddles, thus requiring a slightly shorter girth.


How old are your donkeys? If they are still youngsters (3 or 4 yrs old), they probably haven't filled out all the way and may need a smaller girth than when they are fully mature. For most mammoth donkeys, I'd suggest starting with a 20" or 22" girth for the front, and probably a 22" or 24" for the rear girth. These are the sizes that I use on most of my mammoth donkeys. The only mammoth donkey who needs a bigger one is my 61" tall gelding. These are pretty small girths - so you'll have to look for them with the pony equipment at your tack store. I usually use a string girth (these are the type pictured in my donkey saddle cinch article). I have found these as small as 22" in pony sizes. I also have a 20" neoprene girth that I use on the donkeys with a smaller heart girth. I bought it from a pony tack supplier on eBay. Both of these kinds of girths have worked well for me.

Kristie Jorgensen

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Posted by Kristie Jorgensen at February 10, 2009 10:05 PM