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post #1 of 6 Old 09-16-2013, 05:55 PM Thread Starter
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Tips for preventing a pad from slipping back?

I ride in an Abetta trail/endurance saddle and use an Equipedic pad. I'm pretty happy with both, but sometimes my pad slips back a bit, especially after long hill climbs. My saddle seems to stay in place. There are 2 small nylon loops at the front of the pad. Does anyone know if there is a special clip/tie/something designed to clip the pad to the saddle to help prevent slipping? I'm sure I could just use some 550 cord and rig something, just curious if anyone else has done this? Any suggestions appreciated!
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post #2 of 6 Old 09-21-2013, 07:51 AM
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Buy a breast collar and properly fit it to the horse. I attached a breast collar to my barrel saddle and I never had a problem with saddle slippage. If there was any, it was minute.

I'm not familiar with endurance saddles, you will probably need to find an english style breast collar, rather than a western style.

Add your question to the trail forum if you don't get a more detailed response soon.

I wouldn't use cord or any jerry-rigged solutions. You have a greater potential in rubbing your horse wrong and causing a sore. Whatever you attach to your saddle to keep it from slipping needs to be supported via the neck and shoulder muscles.

It has to go around the horse. Western are the best because they generally have a larger width of leather to dissipate the pull of the saddle (with you on it) against the horse going up hill.

Avoid the thick fuzzy ones, they never lay flat. And look for a collar that has an attachment to the saddle and to the girth. The girth attachment keeps the collar from rising up.

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In my exeranice the pad only slips if something is off with the saddle. Usually the gullet it too narrow so the movement of the shoulders 'push' the pad back under the saddle.

Unless the hills you are ridding are very steep in that case if your saddle fits really well try a breast plate or play around with thicker/thiner pads
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In my exeranice the pad only slips if something is off with the saddle. Usually the gullet it too narrow so the movement of the shoulders 'push' the pad back under the saddle.

Unless the hills you are ridding are very steep in that case if your saddle fits really well try a breast plate or play around with thicker/thiner pads
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I would also like to add that if the saddle is not tightened enough it will cause problems...too many riders think they are doing the horse a favor by Riding a loose cinch. If the cinch is too loose, not only can the pad slip, but also can cause rubbing of the pad on the back causing a sore back.
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post #5 of 6 Old 09-23-2013, 09:08 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the tips. Unfortunately, I do already ride with a Zilco breast collar that fits well. It's made of padded biothane and has a wither strap to make sure it doesn't interfere with shoulder movement. My old neoprene pad did not slip at all, but my gelding gets heat bumps on his back from it. That's why I switched to the Equipedic pad. His back now always has a nice dry line above his spine and even sweat marks. When I rode yesterday, I placed the pad farther forward than it should be and it actually shifted back to the correct position and stayed there. We rode 17 miles and climbed just over 3000ft (love my gps) Maybe sometimes you just need to ask for advice to come up with a new idea! Thanks again! I appreciate the responses!
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Those shammy type towels that you use on cars. The ones that you get wet, and squeeze the water out, and keep using work great. If you can't find one at a big box store, try a napa type car store. I think they're like $10. Just get it damp and squeeze the excess out, pop it under your pad and good to go. Since it is damp against the coat, just be mindful of limiting use to when necessary :)
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