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post #1 of 10 Old 08-09-2012, 09:19 AM Thread Starter
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Saddle Issues

I need some help here. I have a Circle Y Sheridan Trail saddle and an 8 yr old quarter/paint mare. Saddle shop came out with a ton of saddles and this one fit both me and my horse and is extremely comfy. I have a roper cinch on it (just changed from a neoprene). Saddle uses a balanced rigging system.

Here's the problem, it's cinched correctly on both sides, but perpetually comes loose. I tighten the cinch, walk my horse around, and re-tighten the cinch. After getting on, it starts working it's way loose. Last week, it worked so loose that it slid sideways and dumped me out. I tighten, and re-tighten, and re-tighten and it does not stay tight. My horse is very short backed with low withers and the saddle tends to slide very far forward. I can't use a crupper as I've tried and my mare freaks out.

Does anyone else have this problem or has ever had this problem? I had the saddle shop come back out to check the saddle fitting and my trainer has looked at it and the saddle seems to fit fine. Not sure what else to do and I hate to try to sell it as I paid $1400 and will never get my money back. Ugh! Please any advice, ideas, opinions!!!

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post #2 of 10 Old 08-09-2012, 09:22 AM
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What kind of tie strap are you using? Can you post a picture of what the cinch looks like when it's secure, showing the end of the tie strap?
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post #3 of 10 Old 08-09-2012, 09:23 AM
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When you cinch up do you put the prong on the cinch through one of the holes in the cinch strap? That should help with the cinch strap loosening back up. Also rope cinches tend to stretch a lot so that could also be making it loose.
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post #4 of 10 Old 08-09-2012, 09:27 AM Thread Starter
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It's a nylon latigo. I'll have to post pictures later as I'm at work right now. On the link, it's the circle y 3/4 dropped rigging w/angled dee. I finish mine with a western tie on the top dee though.

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Post pics, with saddle and pad on from both sides. I also like pics with the rider in the saddle. I have this wonderful thick sheepskin pad but when I use it on my mare I noticed the saddle seemed to loosen up and it started sliding forward. I went back to my more traditional saddle pad and didn't have that problem. It might be something so simple I've never used a crupper but I'm sure there are training techniques that can get your horse used to wearing one. That's a lot of money for a saddle, my mare would have to get over it lol and wear one if needed. ;)
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post #6 of 10 Old 08-09-2012, 09:36 AM Thread Starter
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Barn trip with photo opp coming up! I just realized I don't think I have any pictures of me riding her...lol. I'm always the photographer. I had a really old trail saddle that was very uncomfortable and upgraded to this saddle (which I love). The pad I am currently using is the Charmayne James SMX Orthosport Air Ride. I have the Reinsman Tacky Too (from the advice of my trainer) coming in next week. With the dropped rigging, I need something with a little more contour.

Reinsman Tacky Too Trail Pad 226t 30"Lx34"D short back/high wither 226t

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post #7 of 10 Old 08-09-2012, 09:42 AM
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I rig my trail saddle the same way with the dee on the back ofthe saddle. When I cinch my horse up I make sure to put the prongs on both sides of the cinch through a hole in the latigo and then tie a western knot on the top dee. I never have a problem with my saddle coming loose. I would highly reccomend using the holes in the latigo if you aren't already.
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ShortyHorse11, I've never used the prongs, but am definitely going to try and see if it helps! Right now, I'm willing to try anything!

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post #9 of 10 Old 08-09-2012, 10:03 AM
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Let me know! My horse is round as a keg and has no withers and it works for me!
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post #10 of 10 Old 08-09-2012, 10:35 AM
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My saddle's rigging ties the same way, I use the prongs myself as well. My friend showed me that after you use the prongs you pull the strap downwards and it locks it in better, I'm not talking about the loose strap but the top strap between the dee ring and the ring attached to the girl. Good luck
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