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post #1 of 20 Old 05-22-2010, 09:40 PM Thread Starter
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Question Let's Put Super Glue on my saddle...k?

So, today for the first time, I got on Cinny yay. He did well, but...it's clear that I am going to have a bit of an issue with my saddle. It's a nice hunt seat that is well broken in that I just LOVE. When I first put it on it seemed to fit okay and my friend/trainer said it looked right to her. However.....it slid back about 3 to 4 inches during my 1/2 hour ride at a walk.

So the first thing that comes to mind is...a breast collar. BUT, about 5 years ago I lent the saddle to a friends daughter who thought it was cool to hang it in their tack room by one of the Front D's....until the leather attaching that D to the saddle BROKE. Had I known she stored my hunt seat this way, I would have....well, I'm sure you could guess what I would have done, back to subject. Regardless, I can not attach a breast collar to it and well, it will be costly to fix. For some reason I seem to remember some people who had breast collars that attached to the billets, am I remembering wrong?

I am also using a "humane" girth, popular with saddle seat riders.

Do you think this could be causing it since it gives with the horses movement? Do you think changing to a normal girth will fix the sliding issue?

I am starting him out with a basic dressage trainer but I do want to go hunter or jumper, whichever he takes to, and I know that I have to fix that issue of the saddle sliding for that.

Thank you so much for any advice.
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post #2 of 20 Old 05-22-2010, 09:42 PM
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Are you sure that the saddle is sliding out of position and not just adjusting to a comfortable place on his conformation? Do you have a picture of before and after the ride so that we can see where exactly the saddle is settling and how much it is moving.

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You can get breastplate D's that attatch to the sturrip bars. That's what everyone in my barn uses because we've had way to many d's break from just being used with a breastplate. They are really cheap too.

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Are you sure that the saddle is sliding out of position and not just adjusting to a comfortable place on his conformation? Do you have a picture of before and after the ride so that we can see where exactly the saddle is settling and how much it is moving.
I didn't think of that, but it seems like an odd place for the saddle to end up. I will get pictures next time.

But to give you a visual, just before I got off I looked down, and it was an inch behind the withers. I mean I could see the withers, they sloped down to the actual back and THEN there was the saddle.
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You can get breastplate D's that attatch to the sturrip bars. That's what everyone in my barn uses because we've had way to many d's break from just being used with a breastplate. They are really cheap too.
Oh, too cool. I'll have to look for those!!
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Hm, that seems odd LOL. Maybe the saddle just doesn't fit him.

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Yeah, if the saddle can slip THAT far back and your horse not object to being in some serious pinching pain, I would think it doesn't fit very well.

I didn't know that Ice's previous saddle didn't fit him till we started trotting....It looked fine at the walk, but my bouncing up and down made the pommel come down on his withers.
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post #9 of 20 Old 05-22-2010, 10:08 PM
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Or the horse just has a back that causes a saddle to slip..... I would get a saddle fitter out. They also make no-slip pads. Here is a pic of breastplate dees. You can get them just about any english tack store. I've gotten them from Bit of Britian and Dover.
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Let's see some pictures of the saddle on your horse, no pad, lightly girthed. It may not fit as well as you think it does. Pictures from the side, 3/4 front angle (showing the WHOLE saddle and horse's shoulder), and a rear shot showing how the panels sit on the horse's back.

Generally, if the saddle slides back it's because of a fit issue and/or the saddle was placed too far forward over the shoulders. The movement of the shoulders can push the saddle back on the horse.

If it fits well, then I'd look in to a Nunn Finer no-slip pad. Like this one:
Nunn Finer No Slip Saddle Pad: Legacy Tack
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