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post #11 of 33 Old 08-03-2009, 02:49 PM
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A) Mohair cord girths pinch and I don't like the way they lay on the horse, so I would recomend against them.
No they don't. I've been using them for 20+ years without a problem. If you have an inexpensive, synthetic one I couldn't tell you how that will be but mine are 100% mohair, cost in the $60 range, and work perfectly.

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No they don't. I've been using them for 20+ years without a problem. If you have an inexpensive, synthetic one I couldn't tell you how that will be but mine are 100% mohair, cost in the $60 range, and work perfectly.
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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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I don't use show sheen. Haha, I know that stuff can be bad where the saddle goes!
And my saddle is a wide 7' OH bars.

When I cinch up, I do have about 2 fingers clearance from the swell of the saddle.

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I don't use show sheen. Haha, I know that stuff can be bad where the saddle goes!
And my saddle is a wide 7' OH bars.

When I cinch up, I do have about 2 fingers clearance from the swell of the saddle.

Hopefully you just have a slippery pad. The one I had that was real slippery, got tossed.


You know I was just kidding about the show sheen



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Haha, I figured. But really, show sheen is dangerous where the saddle goes!!


And I really hope it is just the pad!! Cause I can not afford a new saddle right now!

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Besides all the other great advise you have gotten, the only thing I can think of is the cinch is too long or short. In my experience if there is not enough or too much space between the buckle on the cinch to the rigging on the saddle, the saddle will slip no matter what type, saddle or cinch you have. Same if it is too short, it then pinches and you will get the slippage.
The cinch buckle on the cinch after it is tight should be above the horses elbow


ETA- Your saddle is going to slip some when you get on. Especially if your not too graceful like me I use a mounting block when I can, just for that reason.
You do want your saddle loose enough so that if you need to adjust it from in the saddle you can do so by stepping down on one side or the other of the stirrups. If when you do that it slips so badly as to swing around than, yes its too lose. Otherwise its about right.
What are you grabbing when you mount? I grab mane with one hand and pommel with the other. If your grabbing the back of the saddle that will make it slip too.


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Besides all the other great advise you have gotten, the only thing I can think of is the cinch is too long or short. In my experience if there is not enough or too much space between the buckle on the cinch to the rigging on the saddle, the saddle will slip no matter what type, saddle or cinch you have. ...

What are you grabbing when you mount? I grab mane with one hand and pommel with the other. If your grabbing the back of the saddle that will make it slip too.
True. I have no experience with a girth that is too short but one that is too long can be a problem.

Personally I use the same method of mounting - holding on to mane and pommel - otherwise you are pulling the back of the saddle over and the back has nothing to anchor it.

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That might be my problem!! I grab the back of the saddle and the pommel/horn to get on.

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When you grab the front of the saddle, reach across to the other side of the pommel and grab it instead of the horn if you can. Then grab some mane hair and the reins with the front hand. You can pull pretty hard on the mane hair and it won't hurt them. I use it in dismounting too, just grab some hair
When you grab high on the horn your pulling harder toward you with the saddle. Its a physics thing I'm no good at explaining.


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What kind of pad do you have. The cheap wool fleece backed ones can be a bit slippery. I personally prefer the felt backed pads (even though I have a fleecy one right now.....it was on sale and I NEEDED a new one right then).

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