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post #1 of 12 Old 08-12-2011, 11:36 PM Thread Starter
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Aussie saddle slipping

I love trail riding in my Aussie saddle, but I can't for the life of me find anything that will keep the saddle from slipping back while I ride. This image from Down Under Saddlery's site shows how an Aussie saddle is and is not supposed to fit:



The pommel and the cantle are supposed to be level with each other. When mine scoots back, the pommel is lower than the cantle. (Sorry if those are the wrong terms to use with an Aussie, but hopefully you still know what I'm talking about.)

First I tried that tacky shelf liner stuff that you can get at the supermarket. That didn't work. Now I'm trying a Nunn Finer no-slip pad but that isn't working either. I have a breastplate that I've tried, but I need to get the strap that attaches to the girth shortened because it's waaaay too long.

Tonight as I was driving home from the barn I wondered if I might be better off just getting some kind of half pad that would cushion and pad up the front part of the saddle so I don't have to worry whether it is slipping back. Would that work?

Has anyone found anything that remedies saddle slippage?
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post #2 of 12 Old 08-12-2011, 11:49 PM
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It would probably be cheaper and easier to just get your breast plate adjusted/altered so it fits than to go buy a whole new specialized pad.

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It would probably be cheaper and easier to just get your breast plate adjusted/altered so it fits than to go buy a whole new specialized pad.
I'm planning on doing that (I was actually on CL earlier tonight trying to find someone local who could do that for me), but I'm worried that even if I have a breastplate that fits properly I will still have slippage.
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With the way aussie breast plates fit, I wouldn't imagine it'd keep slipping. It almost sounds like your saddle doesn't fit properly and that's what is leading to the slippage. Does your saddle slip doing flat work or just when you are riding hills on the trail?

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Right now without the breastplate it slips back on him in between tacking up in the barn and walking out to the mounting block. :-S

Maybe I should save up and send it to Down Under (that's who made it) along with a wither tracing and have them reflock it. I think that can be done to an Aussie saddle, can't it?
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sounds like a poor fit that will forever plague you no matter how many breast plates you attache. Have it evaluated.
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I agree with Tiny. It sounds like a REALLY poor fit.

When you lunge your horse, what kind of sweat pattern are you getting?

Also, does it have the stuffed panels or the flocked underside like on a western saddle? I've found that the kind with the stuffed panels (like mine) are MUCH more forgiving on fit than the kind with the flocking like a western saddle.

I would contact Down Under and see what the recommend. I would tell them what problem(s) you're having and go from there.

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When you lunge your horse, what kind of sweat pattern are you getting?

Also, does it have the stuffed panels or the flocked underside like on a western saddle? I've found that the kind with the stuffed panels (like mine) are MUCH more forgiving on fit than the kind with the flocking like a western saddle.
I know so little about western saddles that I don't think I could tell you what the underside of one looks like. The panels on the underside of my Aussie are blue and look similar to the panels on the underside of my english saddle. I've always thought they were stuffed?

I get a pretty decent sweat pattern under the saddle, but the part under the front of the saddle is not as sweaty as under the back part.
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Okay, yes, then the panels are stuffed. Western saddles are fleeced, like this: 16-1/2" leather western pleasure horse saddle tack b | eBay

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