Slipping dressage saddle

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    11-22-2013, 08:58 PM
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Dressage saddle slipping like crazy. A little bit out of shape but not too bad so she is a bit round but has gotten a lot better since I start riding her. But in my last ride I was canter around and I tought she was going to go left but then she went right I had a little bit more wight on the left side so when she turn I went flying in to the wall and the saddle was half way down her side. And I know the grith was as tight because we check it three time before I canter. We are going to be using a non slip pad but is thier even thing else I could trie and I will trie everything as this is second time it fell in two mouth because of this. But what bug me the most about the fall is that she was sacred that we were going to be mad at her because I fell and the fact that the lesson was going so well she was in frame most of the time and on the bit a few time it feel so good to know we were working that well together. And After the fall I get back on and canter the other way and did a little more tort work and she was fine. She is a Canadian. So she is bigger in bliad but she is about 14.2 hh.
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    11-22-2013, 09:09 PM
If the girth was indeed tight my recommendation is to get a saddle fitter out. I can recommend possible fixes for a saddle sliding forward or back but side to side, to me anyway, would indicate a girth issue.

What style of girth are you using? Have you tried different versions to see if those would help?
    11-22-2013, 09:19 PM
When was the last time your saddle was professionally fitted to this horse?
That's your first port of call.
    11-22-2013, 09:25 PM
This is not my horse so I can't spread a lot of money on a new saddle. And the saddle is the only thing at the barn that fits her right and I know it fit because the owner had her fitter a mouth a go. I have use a difface grit and it still slips.
    11-22-2013, 09:44 PM
If a fitter has been out than the owner needs to recontact the fitter and either get them out again or get a recommendation as to the type of girth to use or other areas to address. A saddle that slips that severely with a tight girth is NOT a well fitted saddle.

As for the non-slip pad previously mentioned, those work for front and back sliding, not side to side.
    11-22-2013, 09:52 PM
Their are not a lot of saddle fitter in the area and the one that are very price so what I would like to know is if they would be something else I could do that would maybe help and we only have two dressage grit and the other one is way too big
    11-22-2013, 10:01 PM
Not much else you can do other than for the owner to find a different style saddle (maybe an event or equitation saddle vice a dressage saddle), a different girth or get back into contact with a saddle fitter.

At the very worst the owner can try a breastplate but those are designed, again, to keep a saddle from slipping back and doesn't control side to side. It MIGHT stop the saddle from going ALL the way to the side but the saddle is still going to slip.
    11-22-2013, 10:17 PM
The same thing happened to me and my horse. But when I got up off the ground and had to take the saddle off and put it back on, it went up and good three more holes EASILY. You could say my horse likes to blow out and trick me. Even when we checked it, she somehow knew and blew out. Silly mare:)
    11-22-2013, 10:23 PM
That what I though the first time but this is the soncd time it happen and I know it was tight I Check it two time after my trainer did and it was fine
    11-22-2013, 10:56 PM
I wonder if its possible that the saddle is to wide??( since you said her roundness got better) I know nothing about this, im just wondering.. Since you can't get a saddle fitter. I was trying saddles once and I had a really nice one on trial. Turns out it was to wide, cause it slid off easily. Im sure there are videos out their that show how to check for saddle fit-English though. Since saddle fitter is not an option that's what I would do. Also, horses change. The saddle might have fitted when it was fitted but it could not fit now. It happened to me once. Does the owner know its slips like this? If not you should mention it, maybe they can do something about it.

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