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Mattes Custom Short Leather Athletico Slimline Girth

(2customer reviews)

price from: £121.06

“There isn’t another manufacturer, I have ever purchased goods from, whose items have a quality, finish and durability like that of Mattes.”

– Allen F. Dundee, Scotland – Mattes Girth Customer.

The Mattes Athletico Slimline Girth designed to fit dressage and mono flap saddles, is perfect for Athletic, strong or wedge shaped horses. The carefully constructed shape of the girth prevents any saddle slippage that may result in the girth sliding backwards.

The Athletico short girth is made from high quality padded leather, covering plastic spreader inserts that help distribute pressure along the length of the girth. The slimline leather version is 2 cm slimmer than it’s cotton quilted counterpart, giving even more room between the girth and the horse’s elbow.

All Mattes Short Sheepskin Girths are covered with the finest Merino Lambskin and soft edge trim, ensuring a snug but comfortable fit for your horse. The natural fibres of the lambskin provide a cushion between the girth and the horse.

Mattes workmanship is unrivalled and in our expert opinion there’s truly nothing that can surpass the exceptional quality and fit of Mattes girths. Click the “Design Yours” button below to make your girth a reality.

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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.

Reviews (2)

2 reviews for Mattes Custom Short Leather Athletico Slimline Girth

  1. Rebecca L

    We Love the Mattes Girth

    We LOVE the mattes girth, utter life saver and of course the sheepskin is beautiful quality and the horse is fully recovered from his girth gall issue. My girl groom, Lou, says she has used the cheaper ones with a fabric? girth rather than leather and that they were excellent too. Your kind and cheerful service is a tonic and you explained exactly why we couldn’t get this girth sooner!! The frustrations of horses 🥴. We will order a spare sheepskin soon in the natural but tbh this sheepskin washed like a dream and dried very quickly so not an issue yet!!

    Many thanks


    PS will get a photo soon but we are lambing at the moment and said horse is not remotely white as we are walking around like zombies due to feeding orphan lambs every 4 hours! Somerset, UK.

  2. Helen P

    Thank you for your help

    Just to let you know I have received my girth and want to thank you for your help and advice on choosing the right one, it fits perfectly! Definitely going to improve my riding. California, USA.

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  • Size: 50cm - 120cm (5cm Increments)
  • Black, Brown or Champagne Leather Base
  • Top Quality Sheepskin, fully removable
  • Designed with your horses shape in mind.
  • Hundreds of fantastic Colour Combinations
  • Available Options: Complete Girth or Replacement Sheepskin Only



The Mattes Athletico Slimline girth has been carefully designed and manufactured to ensure maximum comfort for your horse. If you are not sure what style of girth you need and would like us to recommend one, please complete our free girth consultation form. (Remember if our recommendation doesn’t work, we will exchange it free of charge).

Mattes Short Sheepskin Girths are made from the finest padded leather which covers specially designed plastic plates that spreads any pressure through the whole of the girth. All Mattes horse girths are encased in extremely dense 100% merino lambskin wool that not only cushions against the horse, but can hold up to eight times it’s weight of water, ensuring that the girth won’t rub or chafe your horse.

All Athletico short girths are custom made to your requirements, so that you can choose colour leather (Brown, Black, or Champagne) as well as the colour of the sheepskin.

The sheepskin cover can be removed for ease of cleaning, using Mattes special MELP soap with is included free with every purchase. You are also able to purchase just the Athletico slimline girth cover separately from the base from £121.06.

  • Size: 50cm - 120cm (5cm Increments)
  • Black, Brown or Champagne Leather Base
  • Top Quality Sheepskin, fully removable
  • Designed with your horses shape in mind.
  • Hundreds of fantastic Colour Combinations
  • Available Options: Complete Girth or Replacement Sheepskin Only

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