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    05-20-2013, 01:05 PM
Sliding back could be a couple things. Yes, it could be too wide for him. But there could also be other things that are causing it to slide back. Would almost need to see it in person to tell.

Although you could take some good pictures with just the saddle sitting on his back (no pad) so we could see how the saddle itself fits. If a saddle fits well (like it is supposed to) you really only need a thin pad under it.

When he does get a good workout, is the sweat pattern even on his back?
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    05-20-2013, 01:13 PM
Yeah one pad is always what I've believed. Only even really to keep the saddle from getting dirty. Lol. And pretty colors! The saddle I'm getting is semi qh bars. So we will see if its better.
I actually looked at the sweat pattern yesterday because it was very humid and hot and he was sweating just walking around. It's pretty even except its dry along his spine.
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    05-20-2013, 02:06 PM
Dont worry about size, my rope horse is just like that with more muscle and spins barrels like nothing you've seen and he's never been trained, I just had to run him when my barrel horses were down and we ran low 17's in a 16 pattern.
    05-20-2013, 02:35 PM
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The gelding I'm running is the thick old style quarter horse and generally laid back , we put the kids and all newbies on him at 14.1 he is perfect. This guy can boogie so don't count out the shorties :).
    05-20-2013, 03:17 PM
Some horses really will surprise you! I'm goin to try and get my other friend who's been riding English all her life to do barrels with me. I can ride one horse while she rides the other and we can do lessons and practice together lol. That way we can try both horses. And dabble in team sorting too! Should be fun. She will have to buy a barrel saddle lol. She said she kind of always wanted to be a blingy cowgirl. I've decided I want my colors to be pink and purple even though I'll be riding geldings. Lol. I read that sticky. Great stuff! Great ideas!
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    05-20-2013, 07:06 PM
Awww! I love the black pony-- the barrel pony I used to ride looked exactly like him- same back sock and all.. Memory lane!

Your chest collar-- you should be able to slide your hand between it and the horses chest easy.. it shouldnt be tight but it bein too loose will cause it to rub. I think the way you have it on (buddy) is fine but id loosen it maybe one notch-- Its not to keep the saddle from movin- the point is to keep the saddle from slidin too far back and to keep it from spinnin all the way around to the horses belly if somethin should go wrong.

I hate a felt pad, lol. Seems like they have a tendency to roll the saddle and I don't like havin to stop- get off- fix the pad then re saddle. I prefer a fleece pad over anything. --my personal opinion. I definitely don't reccomend usin a blanket under a felt pad or on top.

That saddle looks like a good fit for (buddy) id like to see pictures of him tacked up with out the felt pad (blanket and saddle) from the front so I can see the pommel height on his wither- from the side- and from the back so I can get an idea on how it fits him with out the felt.. I know there are some diehard felt fans out there but every one I've used caused the same problems youve mentioned.. even the expensive ones.
    05-20-2013, 09:13 PM
There's no problem with the saddle sliding on buddy. It's bandit the paint that it's a problem. For my English horse my Arabian he has higher withers. I use a hunt style breast plate it's like a braided type material and it has the wither strap which I love. Would a thick hunter style breast plate (leather and thick) work better? Or just stick with tripping collars? I love bling lol. The saddle on buddy is my moms. I guess it's a roping saddle. He looks good in pink huh? Lol
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    05-20-2013, 09:47 PM
^trippin collar
^pullin collar
^ I call that just 'chest collar'

You can get a wither strap for the two bottom ones- I wont say you can't but I havent seen anyone use a wither strap with a trippin collar (first picture) wait.. I lied.. heres one..

Looks thinner leather than the first trippin collar pictured- reckon you can get a wither strap made for any chest collar ya want, lol.

Yes your moms saddle looks like a rope saddle.. and of course buddy looks good in pink! Hell look good in any color!
    05-20-2013, 10:12 PM
I looked to make sure what the saddle is-- not a rope saddle- what id call a trail saddle.. sorry.
    05-20-2013, 10:32 PM
The one I was using looks like the first one but it has the strap that connects to the girth. I like the look of the pulling collar and chest collar. Yeah I've seen some really pretty wither straps actually.
I'm not too good at identifying anything other than a barrel saddle. Lol.
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