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post #21 of 33 Old 08-04-2009, 10:27 AM Thread Starter
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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.

I will definitely try doing that!! Where do you grab with your back hand? Cause I usually just grab the back of the saddle to get on?

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post #22 of 33 Old 08-04-2009, 10:29 AM Thread Starter
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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).

Tough-1 Barrel Saddle Pad/Fleece Bottom Barrel Racer Saddle Pads Western HorseLoverZ.com


That's the pad I use. It is pretty slippery on the bottom still. I was thinking it will just wear down though and get more 'rough' and matted so its not as slippery? Maybe I was way wrong!

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post #23 of 33 Old 08-04-2009, 11:35 AM
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Left hand grabs his mane, right hand grabs the far side of the pommel.

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post #24 of 33 Old 08-04-2009, 11:37 AM Thread Starter
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Thank you! When I get a new girth (because mine ripped! ERGG) I will definitely try that out. I feel stupid for not thinking of that before. Like, getting on differently so my saddle doesnt slip!

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post #25 of 33 Old 08-04-2009, 01:46 PM
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When you get on as Iride and I have suggested, your pulling yourself more forward and up to the saddle rather than straight across the horses back. Make sense?


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Yes that makes perfect sense to me! Thank you guys so much!!

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I just thought that I would mention that not everyone can get on like they are suggesting. No matter how hard I try, I can't seem to do it. I ususally put my left hand on the mane and my right hand on the cantle then use the mane as my main handle and only use the cantle for support and a bit of additional umph.

Now that I have had my fleece pad for a year or so and the back is very dirty/sweaty (I never wash it), it doesn't slip hardly at all. Maybe some good hard rides to break in the pad some.

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^ Yeah, that's what I was hoping for in the first place! I am not going to use a thin pad under my barrel pad anymore. So I can 'break it in' a little faster. Hah

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That's what you have been doing? That may be what is causing the slipping problem is the thin pad underneath against the fleecy bottom of the other one. Yeah, get rid of your thin underpad first before you go making other more drastic changes.

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Jeeze! I have my work cut out for me for the next few times I ride! Hah

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