I posted this earlier in the Horse Health section, but maybe its more appropriate here - if so, the moderators can delete the other post.
Just purchased a new saddle. Western Saddle, wade tree.
The saddle is a 7" gullet, FQHB, and fits my wither tracing excellent.
Saddle came with a "free" thin rug type saddle blanket, and a cheaper, roper style girth (slick leather only girth, not the rope kind)
I took the saddle out yesterday for the first time. Within 5 minutes of riding the saddle had slid back a good 6 inches.
Horse became unpleasant with the saddles position, so we headed back to the barn.
I'm wondering what my first solution to fix problem should be:
1. Is it just because its a new saddle? maybe because the girth strap was new and stiff, it loosened up right away - even though it had seemed tight initially?
2. Would the cheap blanket cause the saddle to slide back?
3. Would that style of girth cause it to slide back?
4. Just use breast collar? (but I never needed a breast collar with an english saddle I had been borrowing)?
I greatly appreciate any help. Thanks in advance.
I don't ride western but it sounds like it could be any of those. If it's slipping back, I would suggest trying a breastcollar to see if that helps any. :]
I answered in the health section. :D
I haven't read your post in the health section yet and you might have gotten already great advice...
I rode english all my life and when I bought a western saddle, I used to saddle too far ahead. I had to learn to saddle "behind the shoulder blade"...
Then my gelding is a tiny bit swayed backed as well and that made the western saddle slide even more.
I ended up buying a orthopaedic (sp) saddle pad (slightly built up in the middle) and have no problems at all now with the western saddle.
Get a good girth for sure. The rope one is pain in butt for some horses (uncomfortable and cause sores). Get neoprene or something like that (it's not very expensive $30 or so and easy to clean).
I did buy saddle myself last week, which came with rope girth. Can't use it (my qh felt very uncomfortable with girth) and waiting for new girth (and fleece pad) to come. :)
Sounds like maybe your horses shoulders could have pushed the saddle back into a pocket behind the shoulder. If the saddle truely fits correctly then you shouldn't need a thick pad, but you still need a decent one. I would think that the leather girth, espically with it being new and not broken in, may be part of the problem also. I use the neoprene girth and a breastcollar to help keep the saddle from sliding back. Good luck!
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