Elastic on the girth hinders saddle security. Bloating does not. Tension fluctuates with pace. Forget everything you think you know about girths. The research is in and it goes against almost every belief horse people hold dear.
*Special thanks to the ever inquisitive Russell Guire of Centaur Biomechanics for enlightening us with much of this research. Check out his site for more compelling studies on equine biomechanics and Visualise Canada for research-based training tools he’s designed.