09-22-2012, 12:06 PM
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I've heard a number of theories as to why this happens, from gripping with your knees to the cut of the wither area of the pad to saddle fit. I'm inclined towards it being a saddle fit issue in most cases. You said your vet looked at it, but does she have any training as a saddle fitter? If not, she has no more expertise in this area than any other horseperson. Saddle fit can be very subtle, and it could be that the tree has the wrong amount of curve for your horse's back or has been flocked for a differently shaped horse.
If you're absolutely certain it's not the sadle fit, there are a number of anti-slip saddle pads out there that would be worth looking into.
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