Prestige's rather curious looking Relax and Performance girth is absolutely unique and really rather remarkable.
The new Prestige RP girth, designed by Carsten Engelke, is an innovative product the likes of which have not been seen before. The girth comprises a round shaped padded panel that lies underneath the horse, and a jumping or dressage girth which slides inside the panel. Because the girth can slide inside the panel in all directions it eliminates nearly all side to side movement. The pressure from the girth is spread out over a broad surface, making it more comfortable for the horse, and thanks to the soft material and padded design, the panel generates an air cushion against the horse for even further reduced pressure.
We’ve seen the girth tried out on a variety of horses, from green youngsters to advanced event horses, and in all cases there was a noticeable difference with the RP girth compared to a ‘normal’ girth. There was an obvious increase in stride length and freedom of movement, and the horses appeared more relaxed and breathed more deeply.
You can watch the girth in action here -- happy viewing!