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    08-02-2009, 04:58 PM
  #1
Green Broke
Unhappy Help with girth!!! ASAP

I bought a new saddle and saddle pad and girth about 2 months ago. I love everything I got, but my girth keeps slipping. When I mount up, my saddle will slip to the side, and I will have to shift my weight to the opposite side to get it centered again. My horse sometimes suckes in air, but usually it is all out by the time I go to get on her. This is the girth I bought..

Abetta Shock Foam Girth Cinches and Accessories Tack Western HorseLoverZ.com

I have to get a new one anyways, because when I went to take my saddle out of the truck after a show, the side of it ripped....




Should I get a fleecy girth? Will that slip?

My mare has NO withers what so ever, so getting something that could possibly help with that could be an option.

I really need opinions on what I should do / get soon because I can't go long without riding her! Hehe
     
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    08-03-2009, 08:18 AM
  #2
Showing
I'd think you can look for something like The Real Non-Slip Western Cinch or Girth
     
    08-03-2009, 08:44 AM
  #3
Showing
Unless your horse is mutton withered, there are several things that come to mind in your case.

First is that your saddle does not fit and no matter how tight you make it, it will slip because of fit.

Secondly is that you are not pulling it up tight enough. I tighten my girth 3 times before mounting. The first is very loose, just enough to hold the saddle on. The second and third is after I've moved my horse in position to mount.

Third can be the pad that is causing the slip.

Fourth is that it will be a normal thing to shift the saddle on your horse. On Boomer, the saddle fits well that I don't need to tighten the girth as tight as I need to on other horses. In fact, his withers are nicely pronounced and the saddle fits so well that it doesn't shift a single bit. Not so with other horses and saddles.

You should not have to rely on the friction of the girth to keep the saddle in place. I use a mohair string girth and it is the pad and fit that works for me.
     
    08-03-2009, 11:54 AM
  #4
Showing
JillyAnn,

You mentioned you bought an Abetta a while back, Abetta Saddle have a unique ability to fit more Horse than some others, but they are Semi-QH Bars, unless you purchased the Wide Version, you could have the wrong tree in it for your Horse.

If you Horse has no withers as mentioned, you may need the wide version.

We use those Girths and do not have any problems, I do not think that Girth is the problem, but as IrideHorses said, some Horse try to hold air in and make you tighten the Girth several times.

Can you get the number of the Abetta off the tag and let us know, it will tell us if you have a SQH or FQh Tree in it.



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    08-03-2009, 02:53 PM
  #5
Showing
I have the same issues with my horses up to a point, they are all fat and have no withers and Dobe is really girthy and will puff up when I cinch him up. I just make sure that I cinch him loosly in the barn, then walk him a few steps outside, cinch him up again, walk him a few more feet, and do it again. I also have to tighten it at least once during the course of a ride. My saddle has FQHB and it fits all my horses well, you may need a wider saddle.
     
    08-03-2009, 03:15 PM
  #6
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by SouthernTrailsGA    
JillyAnn,

You mentioned you bought an Abetta a while back, Abetta Saddle have a unique ability to fit more Horse than some others, but they are Semi-QH Bars, unless you purchased the Wide Version, you could have the wrong tree in it for your Horse.

If you Horse has no withers as mentioned, you may need the wide version.

We use those Girths and do not have any problems, I do not think that Girth is the problem, but as IrideHorses said, some Horse try to hold air in and make you tighten the Girth several times.

Can you get the number of the Abetta off the tag and let us know, it will tell us if you have a SQH or FQh Tree in it.




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I have the wide version of the Abetta saddle.
     
    08-03-2009, 03:16 PM
  #7
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by smrobs    
I have the same issues with my horses up to a point, they are all fat and have no withers and Dobe is really girthy and will puff up when I cinch him up. I just make sure that I cinch him loosly in the barn, then walk him a few steps outside, cinch him up again, walk him a few more feet, and do it again. I also have to tighten it at least once during the course of a ride. My saddle has FQHB and it fits all my horses well, you may need a wider saddle.

The saddle that I have is a wide SQH bars. I think it might be my pad? I am going to try different ones. And see if that makes a difference!
     
    08-03-2009, 03:44 PM
  #8
Green Broke
A) Mohair cord girths pinch and I don't like the way they lay on the horse, so I would recomend against them.

B) In my experiance some horses are just sometimes rounder than others in the back and the saddle will slip no matter what
     
    08-03-2009, 03:45 PM
  #9
Showing
JillyAnn,

It could be the pad, I had one one time that the fleece was made out of some synthetic stuff that was very slippery.

When you cinch up the Saddle do you have two to three fingers of clearance from the top of the withers to the underside of the swell?

Abetta has the 6.5" SQH and the wide 7" FQH Bar, possibly a 6.75" RQH Bar may be best if all the other ideas do not work.

A wild thought, do you use a lot of show sheen when grooming, that stuff is dangerous


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    08-03-2009, 03:48 PM
  #10
Green Broke
Quote:
Originally Posted by kitten_Val    
I'd think you can look for something like The Real Non-Slip Western Cinch or Girth

I am definitely going to look into these! Do you have one? Or know someone who does?
     

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