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Parf of speech: Noun, OED Year: 1390, OED Evaluation: N/A

A girth for a horse or other animal; esp. a large girth passing over a sheet, pack, etc. and keeping it in place on the animal's back.

First thing you put on was the collar. And then you put the hames, throw them over their back and buckle the hames on, belly-band, surcingle or two between the legs- front legs and the belly-band went through it and you buckled. ... That was for if you wanted to back up. That's what went on the neck yoke and you backed up.
Speaker: And then um- the tray- ah, no there was ah- another affair attached to the shafts, too. Interviewer: Mm-hm. Something that went around the horse's hindquarters? Speaker: Oh yes, the ah- ah- cruppers, I-think, went around the tail. Interviewer: Yes, yes. And what about the ah part that fastened underneath the horse's- Speaker: Ah no, that surcingle was used on a blanket, I don't know what the- I- I've forgotten it.