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post #1 of 6 Old 11-07-2012, 05:29 PM Thread Starter
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Question Help! Saddle slipping

I need some suggestions for my saddle sliding off to the side when I try to mount. To give a description of my horse, he is small 14 hand Rocky Mountain gaited horse. He's not fat, but definitely not skinny. I was told he has a round back???
Long story short, my old beautiful tucker saddle did not slide, but I started to notice dry spots behind the withers and my horse did not want to gait. I found a different saddle which solved the dry spots and the lack of gaiting, but now I have a hard time with mounting.
The saddle I purchased is a Black forest treeless western saddle. At first used a mohair cinch, but it did not work, so I had to buy a neoprene 24 inch cinch because the 26 inch was too big and the 22 too small. I am using a breast strap as well. If your not familiar with this particular treeless saddle, the pad is special design for it so I don't think I can get something different in that area...
From what I have read on Black forest website, I am doing everything I can to help with slippage... my horse must have a round back, so no saddle will "not slip".
Does anyone have any suggestions to help me with this issue?
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post #2 of 6 Old 11-07-2012, 05:48 PM
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There are many factors that could be at play, and there are some pretty extreme ideas about saddle fit, or lack of saddle fit these days, some people would have you believe you need a saddle individually built for each and every horse. Go to this link, its from a tree maker from Canada and, aside from the guy who taught me to ride, also the best saddler I have ever seen, has the best description and information on the how and why, and the what fors and so on and so forth, of fitting saddles. The information on the website is very extensive, detailed and you could spend the etter part of a day reading it; but it’ll give you a better idea about saddles and how and why they do or don’t fit, and dispel many myths about what people see as bad fitting saddles.
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post #3 of 6 Old 11-07-2012, 05:57 PM
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your using a tree less saddle,. they slip.
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post #4 of 6 Old 11-07-2012, 07:50 PM
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Sounds like the Tucker was a touch too harrow and did not have the flair needed for shoulder relief

The other saddle you tried was much wider, which freed up the shoulders, but too wide and allows the saddle the roll when mounting

Treeless saddles IMO are overgrown expensive bareback pads adn for the rounder more mutton type withered Horse are terrible when it comes to rolling also

There are many Gaited Saddle out there, many come in medium and wide, but Bighorn has a few various models that come in medium, medium/wide and wide, a couple other brands do also


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Thanks! I'll take a look at that website and see if I can find anything that can help me!
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post #6 of 6 Old 11-08-2012, 03:32 PM
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Joe - have you ridden in a treeless saddle? I assure you that they don't all slip. My saddles do not slip, even when mounting from the ground. My horse is also of the rounder body types. The saddle stays in place even when he believes he is performing airs above the ground in front of an imaginary audience.

KOKO - PM me with your email address and ill send you the link of a treeless group to join
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