I have a pony saddle for my son to ride in that is about a million years old but has been recently reworked, and it fits his pony nicely (she's hard to fit a saddle to.) The problem is, about 50 years of butts have polished that seat until it's like glass. My son does pretty well in spite of it, really, he's just turned 6 and has a good grasp of riding. However, I hope to be able to actually hit the trails with him this summer (so far he's only done arena work, and some very short trail rides in the woods behind our house) and I am not comfortable with the lack of traction on the seat of his saddle. Misty, his pony, randomly seems to spook at things that are blue (call me a sadist for then putting a blue halter on her ). She rarely puts a foot wrong, but if she did jump out from under him, he's slide off like he was skating. The saddle fits him well enough otherwise.
I'd like to just buy him another saddle, but the thing is, I already bought him a show saddle for when he is ready to start showing, took me ages to find one that fit his pony well and it is adorable (12 inch seat) but he hasn't quite grown into it yet. I punched holes and raised the stirrups as high as I could without getting into having to cut fenders, but they are still too long for him right now. So I can't justify buying another saddle when I have spent waaaaaaay too much on his other new one. As much as I'd like to. I really, really would like to. Have you seen the cute pony saddles out there? (my fiance is glaring at me )
Any ideas out there on how to make a very slick seat decidedly less so? I've thought of a sheepskin seat cover or something along those lines, but I think they'd just slip right off too. I know the gel covers can be a little grippy, but I haven't seen any small enough and I don't believe they could be cut to fit.
Note I'm not looking for a seat belt or anything. My son is a decent little rider given the circumstances (he's only been riding consistently for a few months, he JUST turned six a week ago, and he's autistic). He's fallen off of both his pony, and my big mare Freyja before, and can handle falling without freaking out. He wears a helmet at all times, and can manage his little pony about better than I can. I'm not trying to let equipment replace ability, for his part, I just see no reason to have him sitting on a polished glass :)