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girth

(gĭrth)
1. A measurement around a body; circumference.
2. A measurement around a person's waist.

girth

1. the greatest circumference of the chest in horses and dogs, just behind the withers, shoulder and elbow.
2. the leather strap that completes the enclosure of the horse's girth by the saddle and keeps the saddle in place. There are a multitude of patterns all designed to prevent slipping and avoid causing girth galls.

girth (2) gall
a skin abrasion on the chest just behind the elbow of a horse caused by pressure or movement of the girth while being ridden. Caused by sharp edges of the girth, girth adjusted too tightly or too loosely or a poor conformation of the horse.
girth (2) itch
dermatitis behind the elbow in the horse. Due usually to ringworm, the infection being transmitted by the girth strap.
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Girth Measurement- Girth measurements were made by a measuring tape with a tensionometer that applied 3 grams of force during the measurements (Vital signs model 67020, Country Technology, Gays Mills, WL).
Table 3 shows similar findings for the girth measurements.
Had compliance been higher in the present study, then overall results for weight loss and girth loss would clearly have been higher.
We have to wash and dry all the jockeys' gear for the next day, all the saddles need to be cleaned and, as it's been a hot day, the girths will need a good scrubbing.
We also check saddles, girths, surcingles and breeches, and there are a couple of items we'll send out for repair.
Girth, weight, body fat %, and cardiovascular markers were used to assess the efficacy of this new exercise and diet program.
In this study, the weight loss did not slow down and there was a continual loss in girth measurements.
It towered 144 feet high, spread 70 feet wide, and sported a girth of more than 18 feet.
Instead of allowing the poor horse to run loose and cause himself more - if not fatal - injury, another handler was there to grab his bridle and hang on to him for several minutes until he could be calmed enough for the girth straps to be cut free.
A simple remedy would be to make a breast girth compulsory equipment, certainly on fillies and preferably on all Flat runners.
He was also hit by another horse on the girths as he was getting up.