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        03-21-2011, 11:51 AM
      #11
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    We were having the same problem with our pony. She has a wide back and we found out the saddle was to narrow and she needed a wider one.

    After you tighten the cinch/girth stretch his legs or walk him a bit and they usually let out their breath.
         
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        03-21-2011, 12:15 PM
      #12
    Weanling
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    Originally Posted by AQHA13    
    If he's puffing up as you tighten the cinch, perhaps it's hurting him. You can try making him more comfortable by, putting the saddle on and pulling the cinch up just snug enough that it won't slide around(NOT tight though!), walk him around a little and pull it a little more, and then do that until it's tight enough.
    Our newest horse used to be really cinchy b/c the owners would throw the saddle on and pull the cinch up really tight. Just by taking a few extra moments to gradually tighten the cinch before each ride made the biggest difference! On days where he was really bad, I would even trot him around(in-hand) and do bending exercises with him, this really seemed to calm him down and he has since quit puffing up.

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    Do you use a thick pads under your saddle? Perhaps the saddle fits well, but it can't stay placed because the pads are lifting it to far off his back.
    Your "edit" perhaps just helped answer a question I was going to post!!

    I have a thick (2"???) saddle pad and my saddle is cinched tight but it feels like it's slipping all the time to the left (toward where I cinched it) but it's really loose in the back end - so much so that it "bounces" when I trot Chili on a lunge line.
         
        03-21-2011, 12:18 PM
      #13
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    so much so that it "bounces" when I trot Chili on a lunge line.
    you should try a riser pad or a lollipop pad.
         
        09-16-2011, 07:34 PM
      #14
    Foal
    I had my saddle slip to the side while I was riding up a steep hill. It was very scary. I jumped off and fixed it. The saddle was a little too big for my horse so it slipped. I purchased another saddle that fit her better and I didn't have that problem, until I tried putting a thick pad under the saddle. When I mounted the saddle slipped to the side, so I removed the pad and everything was fine.

    When I was young, I had a pony that always "puffed up" so I developed the habit of cinching up and then walking the pony for a few minutes. The cinch was always loose and I had to tighten it before I mounted.

    I hope it doesn't happen to you again.
         
        09-16-2011, 07:43 PM
      #15
    Trained
    Ahhh the old pufferfish pony syndrome, know it well....
         
        09-16-2011, 07:46 PM
      #16
    Green Broke
    I find this usually means the saddle doesn't fit well, however if your cinch is loose enough and the horse spooks or you duck to the side to miss a tree limb (yup, I've done that!) then the saddle can slip even if it does fit well.

    This is where I am a big believer in breast collars. Everyone seems to think they are just for going up hills, BUT, if you saddle slips with you, then a properly fitting breast collar can keep you from sliding under the horse. I have had this happen twice now, and I really think the breast collar kept me from rolling under the horse and getting trampled. In one case the breast collar was pulled so tight I had trouble unbuckling it and had to completely unsaddle and re-saddle. But it saved me from rolling under the horse.

    I always ride with a breast collar now. Think of it as a seat belt for your saddle. You might not need it 99 times out of 100, but if you ever find yourself with a slipping saddle you will be happy you have it on. If it's fit correctly (not sloppy loose) the saddle can't go under the horse.
         
        09-16-2011, 07:52 PM
      #17
    Foal
    I totally agree - after the saddle slipping problem I added a breast collar too. I won't ride without it.
         

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