Scharf Freedom girths are just amazing! They are beautifully made and incredibly well designed.
The Scharf girth is unique and its design patented. Each part of it works with a particular muscle of the chest, without interfering with the free functioning of the other muscles, resulting in much greater saddle stability and comfort for both horse and rider.
The photo below shows how the two separate ventral plates ensure no pressure is placed on the sternum (painted yellow) and how the girth allows each side of the pectoral muscles to move independently.
The design and placement of the lateral plates do not interfere with the expansion of the rib cage and many riders comment on how different their horse feels when using this girth. Some will show a marked increase in stride length, others flow better through their entire body.
Scharf girths come in dressage, jump, cold-blood and what they call back-track which is for the horses with large bellies and forward girth grooves. These vary in different areas such as the width between the ventral plates or the shape of the lateral plates.
The FREEDOM strap is the only webbing on the market with an integrated structure made of non-deformable synthetic fibre. This material acts as an inner "body" without cuts, grooves or stitching. This makes the FREEDOM strap immensely strong and almost impossible to crack. The synthetic fibres can withstand resistance/pull of up to 750 kg for dressage, Icelandic Waterproof and pony. The FREEDOM strap for jumping, military, racing and western can withstand resistance/pull of up to 1500 kg. The synthetic "body" is sheathed with premium leather for optimal quality and elegance.
For information on models, sizes, colours and how to trial these amazing girths follow this link. Scharf Girths - VH Saddlery
Dr Victoria Hamilton is an icon in the Western Australian Equestrian Community, with a wealth of experience as a veterinarian, coach, breeder and international dressage competitor. As one of Australia’s top dressage riders, her love of horses is contagious and apparent in everything she does.