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    09-22-2011, 02:33 PM
Short, fat, no wither appy saddle movements!

I own an appaloosa cross welsh cob, she is like a barrel with no withers, I bought a round skirted full bar circle y saddle for her, the problem I am having is that what ever saddle I put on her rolls around so you never feel secure, are there any pads that I can use under her tackytoo pad to keep it all still? I have even tried riding her in my barefoot treeless saddle but that's even worse and its like trying to sit on an oily pole.
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    09-23-2011, 09:18 AM
Whisper, my horse has the exact same problem!

Do you ride English? I just got a book called The Horse's Pain-Free Back and Saddle-Fit Book which has a section for fitting wide-backed, short-withered horses with an english saddle. The author suggests a wide tree (that fits the horse properly, of course) along with thin panels. Don't use a thick pad because that changes how the saddle fits and makes it less stable. She suggests a thin, wool felt pad which does not interfere with the saddle but can be very grippy.
I have had many saddle-slipping disasters using synthetic nonslip pads. I avoid them like the plague now. You can use a breast plate to stop the saddle from slipping all the way under the horse's belly, but it shouldn't be used to keep the saddle in place during regular riding.

I hope this can be of some help to you. I know how frustrating it can be.

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