2022 - Mattes Equestrian Sheepskin Colours

Mattes Custom Close Contact Leather Short Girth

price from: £355.00

“The quality of Mattes girths is consistently outstanding, exceeding my expectations every time.”

– Alissa S. Maryland, USA – Mattes Girth Customer

The Mattes Close Contact Girth is the perfect fit for horses that jump.

Mattes close contact girths are available in three styles, Crescent, Athletico or Asymmetric and all have been designed to suit a certain shape of horse. If you are not sure which shape would suit your horse best, please do not hesitate to talk to us.

Mattes Leather Close Contact Girths are made from Premium Leather covering neoprene padding and cushioned with 100% Merino Lambskin and soft edge trim. Spreader inserts help to distribute the pressure over the whole girth.

In our experience Mattes produce quality products, that actually function as they are supposed to and we have yet to find a brand that comes anywhere close. Click the “Design Yours” button below to design your jumping girth today.

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Size Guide

How to Measure your girth

  • Firstly, your horse should be measured after work, this is to ensure that you get the correct measurement and not one distorted by your horse puffing out against the girth buckling.
  • Always measure your girth length on a saddled and girthed horse, both sides of the girth must be buckled evenly.
  • Using a soft tape measure, measure from the lower edge of the saddle flap on one side, to the same point on the other side, then subtract 30cm. Always round it up to the next length.

    Measurement: 101cm

    Subtract: 30cm = 71cm

    Girth Length: 75cm

  • Make sure that if your horse is touchy around the mid section, that you secure the assistance of someone to help you.
1. Anatomic, 2. Asymmetric, 3. Crescent, 4. Athletico
Mattes Short Girth Measurements
50cm, 55cm, 60cm, 65cm, 70cm, 75cm, 80cm, 85cm, 90cm, 95cm, 100cm, 105cm, 110cm, 115cm, 120cm
NB: Quoted sizes may vary by +/- 2 cm.

Which Girth Style do you need?

Anatomic Girth

This Girth shape suits horses with good confirmation where the girth sits far enough away from the horses elbow. The Girth is slightly cut back at the front and back in the elbow area. (strap is rotatable).

Horse shape for Anatomic Girth
Horse Shape for Anatomic Girth
Anatomic Girth Style
Anatomic Girth Shape

Asymmetric Girth

This Girth shape suits close coupled horses with less pronounced rib cages, where there is less distance from where the girth wants to sit and the elbows. This girth is severely cut back in front of the elbow area to compensate for this.

Horse shape for Asymmetric Girth
Horse Shape for Asymmetric Girth
Asymmetric Girth Style
Asymmetric Girth Shape

Crescent Girth

This Girth shape suits round horses with short backs and wide ribs or a narrow chest. The special shape of the girth absorbs the rib curvature so that it cannot slip forward.

Horse shape for Crescent Girth
Horse Shape for Crescent Girth
Crescent Girth Style
Crescent Girth Shape

Athletico Girth

This Girth shape suits horses with athletic, strong wedge shaped physique. The special shape of the girth prevents in almost all cases, any saddle slippage that may result in the girth sliding backwards.

Horse shape for Athletico Girth
Horse Shape for Athletico Girth
Athletico Girth Style
Athletico Girth Shape

Correct Girth Fitting

A Correctly fitted Girth will ensure the maximum comfort for your horse in both ensuring there is clearance through the elbow and ensuring your saddle stays in place. You should ensure enough clearance that the buckles do not catch on your horses elbow, additionally that the Mattes Girth Style you choose suits your horses conformation.

Correct Fitting
Mattes Correct Girth Fit
Incorrect Fitting
Mattes Incorrect Girth Fit

Delivery & Returns

This product is: Custom

Delivery Timescales

We take great pride in offering Custom products that are tailored to your specific design and requirements. To ensure your item is of the highest quality and meets our exacting standards, it is created from scratch by our skilled manufacturers. This process does take time and as such, there is a production timescale of approximately four to six weeks. We strive to provide accurate delivery timescales, but please note they may vary, especially during busy periods such as the holiday season. Rest assured we will do everything in our power to ensure your order arrives as promptly as possible whilst maintaining the highest levels of quality.


With our 100% satisfaction guarantee on all products, you can have complete faith in our unwavering confidence in the quality and craftsmanship of whatever you order from us. If you find your order does not meet your needs you can exchange it within 14 days (terms and conditions apply)

In addition, our two-year warranty ensures you are making a wise and secure investment. Choose excellence and join the ranks of satisfied customers, making us the go-to source for top-notch equestrian gear.

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  • Size: 50cm - 120cm (5cm Increments)
  • Top Quality Sheepskin, fully removable
  • Italian Leather Base, available in Black, Brown or Champagne
  • 3 Styles designed with your horses shape in mind.
  • 34 Sheepskin Colours



Mattes close contact girths have been carefully designed in three shapes to fit a wide range of horses, as well as providing excellent protection for your horse when jumping. The girth also has a central ring to help with training aids.

If you are not sure which style of jumping girth would best fit your horse and would like us to recommend one, please complete our free girth consultation form.

As well as protection, comfort for the horse is of paramount importance and this is managed thanks to the particularly dense sheepskin and the padding with POLY-FLEX® the latest technology in neoprene (as apposed to rubber which many stud girths are made from) with very soft edges thanks to SOFT-EDGE.

So if you want a jumping girth that is going to be comfortable but that also protects the underside of your horse, this is one of the best close contact girths on the market.

  • Size: 50cm - 120cm (5cm Increments)
  • Top Quality Sheepskin, fully removable
  • Italian Leather Base, available in Black, Brown or Champagne
  • 3 Styles designed with your horses shape in mind.
  • 34 Sheepskin Colours

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