I posted this earlier in the Horse Health section, but maybe its more appropriate here - if so, the moderators can delete the other post.
Just purchased a new saddle. Western Saddle, wade tree.
The saddle is a 7" gullet, FQHB, and fits my wither tracing excellent.
Saddle came with a "free" thin rug type saddle blanket, and a cheaper, roper style girth (slick leather only girth, not the rope kind)
I took the saddle out yesterday for the first time. Within 5 minutes of riding the saddle had slid back a good 6 inches.
Horse became unpleasant with the saddles position, so we headed back to the barn.
I'm wondering what my first solution to fix problem should be:
1. Is it just because its a new saddle? maybe because the girth strap was new and stiff, it loosened up right away - even though it had seemed tight initially?
2. Would the cheap blanket cause the saddle to slide back?
3. Would that style of girth cause it to slide back?
4. Just use breast collar? (but I never needed a breast collar with an english saddle I had been borrowing)?
I greatly appreciate any help. Thanks in advance.