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    06-24-2012, 02:29 PM
Talking Saddle slips back

Seems like every saddle that I put on my quarter horse, it slips back as I ride. Any suggestions? A breastplate/collar helps some but it doesnt completely correct it. I am a larger rider so would that have something to do with it? Thanks in advance!
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    06-24-2012, 02:34 PM
Green Broke
Post pictures of your saddle on the horse with no blanket/pad - I'd be interested in seeing how well it fits.
    06-24-2012, 02:37 PM
Mine slips back too but I'm not larger I'm 6ft 155lbs a breast collar works a bit but not much
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    06-24-2012, 02:56 PM
Green Broke
If your saddle slips back then it most likely an issue with fit. A different type pad might help if the fit is close but not exact. But some fit issues require a new saddle.
    06-24-2012, 03:30 PM
Saddles usual slip back for one of three main reasons
(i) the tree's too narrow, so the saddle slides back to a narrower part of the back
(ii) the saddle tree's too wide, so the front naturally drops and slides backwards
(iii) the saddle tree's the correct width but the panel shape is wrong or needs adjustment

Your horse looks slightly croup-high so (ii) is less likely, and being a larger rider is only likely to affect a flocked saddle. They're often very soft nowadays and a heavier rider, with balance biased forward due to the horse's conformation, is likely to compress the front flock more quickly than someone lighter.

And of course I'm talking English saddles, though I suspect the same would be true for western. I've little experience of the latter so don't usually try to advise - there'll be someone with far more experience of them somewhere on here :)
    06-24-2012, 07:56 PM
Green Broke
Are you setting the saddle too far forwards to begin with, and it is ending up where it needs to be?

To me, I would lean more to the saddle doesn't fit. Pictures are needed though.
    06-25-2012, 12:59 AM
Might not need pictures after all. The horses I use the saddles on are still gaining muscle. I think it has to do with the shape of this particular horse. His shoulder pocket is a little farther back than where his girth is supposed to go. I rode him today in my new dressage saddle and the Y girthing helped a lot

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