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    01-07-2011, 06:52 AM
Western pads won't stay straight! Making me nuts!

Well, I am fairly new to this whole western thing, and am learning the best way to do stuff. Here is the issue. I ride with a 1/2" 5-star felt pad, covered with a "pretty" pad-most times Mayatex. I put on the 5-star-very careful to get it straight, then the "pretty one", making sure it is also straight and even.....then the saddle. Pull up the pad into the gullet, cinch up slightly losely and walk the 100 yds to the arena. By the time I get there, the pad (mostly the mayatex, but sometimes both) is all cattywampus, and I have to start over.

I am getting frustrated and have no idea how to resolve this. It has been suggested that I just get a 3/4 or 1" 5 star and use just that for every day, reserving the double pad scenario only when "pretty" is important. I really like pretty pads, and frankly hate to spend another $200 for another 5-star.

Any ideas? Thanks.
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    01-07-2011, 08:46 AM
Green Broke
Does it move around after you tighten the girth all the way and ride? If not, then you need to tighten your girth more before you start your walk to the arena and snug it up again on your way there.

If your pad does move while riding, then your saddle likely doesn't fit right or it's being placed too far forward over the shoulders.
    01-07-2011, 08:58 AM
Originally Posted by luvs2ride1979    
Does it move around after you tighten the girth all the way and ride? If not, then you need to tighten your girth more before you start your walk to the arena and snug it up again on your way there.

If your pad does move while riding, then your saddle likely doesn't fit right or it's being placed too far forward over the shoulders.
I agree with this. If your pad moves that much, then your saddle most likely doesn't lay right. And if you don't have a flank cinch, then your saddle is probably flopping up and down making the pad come out of it's position. Also, your pad might be a little thin. And normally pad over pad makes them slip. Are your blankets heavy or really thin because the light ones tend to slip a lot.
    01-07-2011, 09:50 AM
Thanks! Well, no, I do not have a flank cinch. Reiners around here don't use them, so I have just never gotten one.

I will try tightening the saddle more before the walk, but I also don't want to make him cinchy-he tends a bit that way as it is. I thought I had it rigt, then when I got this new saddle, I took pics of it to the dealer, who told me that I was putting the saddle too far back, to put it up farther and let it slide into position...so that is what I have been doing. Another trainer had told me that also. I would take the dealer with a grain of salt, normally, but they are well respected custom saddle makers and huge in the AQHA, so I figure they know their stuff. It is definitely worse with this new saddle tho, which actually seems to fit the horse better...

Frankly, the whole english thing was so easy...pads were attached to my saddle, stayed put, and none of this mess.

I did get the 1/2" 5-star purposely, since I was always using a pad over it for looks. Total, that made 3/4" of padding.
    01-07-2011, 12:26 PM
Green Broke
It could be that your horse has good shoulder room under this new saddle, so he's able to move more freely, which would move the pads around if your girth isn't snug. You could try a little carpet tape at the front of your 5-star pad, to help the blanket stick.
    01-07-2011, 12:34 PM
Thanks-I wondered about that or stick on velcro-just the hook piece.....

I do think that is the case-he has plenty of shoulder room. It doesn't slip at all once I am on....which is a good thing.
    01-07-2011, 01:25 PM
I definitely think righting more before leaving for the arena is a good idea. Avoiding girthyness is tough, what if you put the pads and saddle on and cinched up loosely then waited a minute, maybe give the horse some smooches, your boots and spurs are situated, take that last drink of water (all general stuff but you catch my drift) then cinch tight enough to make it to the arena where you do your final tight cinch up? Manu of the horses I work with can be touchy when it comes to saddling and taking the tightening process seems to help.

Also, your saddle does not need a flank strap, especially if your just doing reining. They're needed more in high action events like cutting, sorting, roping because the saddle needs the extra support etc. If your saddle flaps without one (sounds like it doesn't, which is good) then you might want to reevaluate the fit.
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