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post #1 of 11 Old 05-28-2011, 08:39 PM Thread Starter
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Freakishly high-whithered horse. Keeping the saddle put?

Rebel has freakishy high whithers....The saddle doesn't really slip when i ride western, but when i ride english DANG! It slips back a ton. I tried getting him a breastplate and it helps a little but it still slips a bit, and in the classes I want to show in you can't have a breastplate. Is there a particular kind of pad you would suggest that I cna use to help this?

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post #2 of 11 Old 05-28-2011, 09:02 PM
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What kind if english show doesn't allow breastplates? That's crazy.
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I have the same issue with the saddle slipping back. My issue isn't the height of the withers but the length and then the width of his shoulders. I had bought a thinline halfpad but it didn't help. I now have a bates on loan from a friend that I am about to buy. It has the wide gullet in it and it seems to work well.

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Are you putting the saddle up on his shoulder blades? That would cause it to slip backwards. Because a high withered horse is narrow bahind the shoulder blades there is a tendency to put a saddle too far forward for gullet clearance.
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You can use a breastplate in english.
Also you can use a non-slip pad. they are pretty useful!
Hope this helps! (:
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I know in almost every class you can use a breastplate, I've shown english before. It's just this particular class for some odd reason, and it doesn't make sense to me either. And even with the breastplate it will slide a little even if it's tightened properly.

Thanks for the suggestions guys.

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It's called a counter canter...
...A very advanced maneuver.
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post #7 of 11 Old 05-29-2011, 09:47 PM
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do not worry about it
the saddle may be going into the position is should be.
Next time you ride with the english, set it back to where it stops sliding.
Then ride, however, be totally relaxed and I believe you will feel a different horse underneath you.

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post #8 of 11 Old 05-30-2011, 01:00 AM
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my mom's QH has a sway back, so large withers (he's 27) we put a rear riser and the saddle stays put fine. Its hard to find saddles for these types of horses! I'm sorta having the same but opposite problem with my new mare... she has NO withers at all, so the saddle slips too!
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post #9 of 11 Old 05-30-2011, 04:14 AM
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High withers can be difficult to fit. I prefer cutbacks for this reason for my WB (he has a decent wither). Just a suggestion.
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post #10 of 11 Old 05-30-2011, 10:11 AM
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My horse's saddle use to slip back every time I rode too. Then I changed saddles and it doesn't slip back any more. Maybe yours doesn't fit quite right?

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