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HorseCourage 06-23-2012 01:52 PM

Trail Ride=new found fear of western saddles
Last fall I went on a trail ride with a few of my barn members. I rode my fat halfinger pony in a nice western saddle. But this particular day it was muddy because it had rained the day before. Well my pony in scared of the mud. So the saddle was already slipping a little bit because he is fat and the mud didnt help it keep in place at all either. But anyways, we came across a mud puddle that stretched across the trail, so my pony did a 360 degree turn, and the saddle and me slid over his side so i was riding not on his back but on his side, and I couldnt get out of the saddle for a few minutes. because my feet were stuck in the stirrups.

Ever since then I havent rode in a western saddle, but I have a trail ride coming up and i have to ride in a western saddle, and I am now really nervous and don't want to. and idk what to do.

grayshell38 06-23-2012 02:08 PM

Why do you "have" to ride in a western saddle? I know many people that ride, and are more comfortable in an english saddle on the trail.

Secondly, find a western saddle that fits. While a bit of slippage happens to everyone with a round, low withered horse, you shouldn't be having that much of an issue unless there is some sort of fit problem.

Good luck and try to enjoy your ride!

Darrin 06-23-2012 02:16 PM

Sounds like your problem was a loose cinch. What I do is cinch up my saddle, go do some stuff, come back to check it again then check it a third time prior to mounting. After you've ridden for half an hour or so, jump out and check your saddle again.

I see a lot of people also ride without a breast collar, when trail riding I consider them a must. They help keep your saddle where you put it if properly adjusted.

Kayella 06-23-2012 02:24 PM

Sounds like your chunk is an air sucker like mine. Right when we begin to tighten the cinch, he'll suck in a bunch of air causing his chest cavity to expand. So when he exhales, it's loose. Double and triple check your cinch before you hop on.

HorseCourage 06-23-2012 06:54 PM

I have to ride in a western saddle because at my barn we all share saddles (we are a small private barn) and we are taking a barn trail ride, and we only have two saddles that fit my pony. one english which is being used by NaNa (the lady that owns the barn) on her fat pony and its the only saddle that pony can use. So I am stuck with the western saddle. so i feel like my riding apprehensions are going to make the saddle slipping worse or something

BarrelracingArabian 06-23-2012 06:57 PM

Try putting on a breast collar if you HAVE to use that saddle it will atleast keep the saddle from going completely sideways a different pad might help as well if its too thick it can add to the slipping.
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PurpleMonkeyWrench 06-23-2012 06:57 PM

Look kinda like this?
This was me after tacking up Western for the first time lol and my cinch was loose. I now tighten is so hard my horse gives me the stank eye when I do it lol

AQHSam 06-23-2012 08:27 PM

It also sounds as if your feet were not in the stirrups properly. The balls of your feet, not your instep, should be in the stirrup. I can think of no reason why your feet would not come out other than user error.

Faulty saddling on your part is not a reason to hate the western saddle. I just completed a 3 hr ride across steep terrain and my saddle never slipped.

After cinching walk your halfie 5 feet and cinch again. Good luck

Golden Horse 06-23-2012 08:42 PM


Originally Posted by AQHSam (Post 1562782)

Faulty saddling on your part is not a reason to hate the western saddle. I just completed a 3 hr ride across steep terrain and my saddle never slipped.

Faulty saddling isn't the reason, that was the cause, it was the slipping and falling that makes her hate the saddle,

You have some great advice, and being the owner of many a fat haffy you have my sympathy. You have been given some great ideas, breast collar is a must, some sort of thin sticky pad under the saddle, fleece pads and fleece cinches seem to slip far easier I think, so leather, neoprene or mohair cinches are my favorite.

As other have also said, cinch, wait, tighten wait and walk and tighten again.

bsms 06-23-2012 08:49 PM

Were you wearing boots?

You might check the size of your stirrups. I know there are stirrups big enough that I could get my foot thru if I didn't have a heel. I use an Aussie-style saddle with English stirrups that my feet can't get thru unless I'm just in socks - and I don't ride in socks!

I won't ride any more unless my boot has at least a 1" heel. That is part of what I consider minimal safety equipment for my kids & I.

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