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post #1 of 4 Old 10-17-2012, 02:40 PM Thread Starter
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Slippery western saddle

Hi, everyone. I am looking for advice on how to fix a very slippery western saddle. It is a barrel saddle that has that ostrich leather look to it for the seat. When I ride in jeans, I slip around like crazy, especially when I ride without stirrups. I have tried one of those neoprene cushion covers, and it does work wonders, but it doesn't fit very well. I am still considered a beginner but have been riding off and on for a while and want to work on my balance and feel that the cushion is cheating me out of that because it is very sticky. Is there a product that you recommend that I can apply to my saddle that would help rough it up a bit or make it not as slipper?

Thanks in advance for the help.
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post #2 of 4 Old 10-17-2012, 04:06 PM
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They make a grippy spray you can apply to either saddle or jeans, I think its called "sporty- haft" its a german product. It adds friction and is easy to wash off.

Although same thing as the cushion, it is cheating if you want to work on your balance ;)

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post #3 of 4 Old 10-17-2012, 04:32 PM
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Well, up until last year I had always rode in western saddles with smooth seats, and then I got my rough-out barrel saddle.
It felt weird riding in my smooth seat roping saddle after spending time in my barrel saddle. It felt like I moved a lot more in it, and it didn't hold me as snug as my barrel saddle.
You said you want to work on your balance, well, the best way is to keep riding in your smooth seated saddle and develop a strong independent seat instead of having to rely on the saddle to keep you in place!

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Thank you both for the advice. I guess you are both right about the balance thing. I just feel like I am slidding around everywhere. When I ride without my stirrups and turning you can really feel the slide. I will keep working without the additional stickiness, because you are both right when it comes to working on the balance, it would really make me work on trying to stay in the correct position.

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