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shanoona 01-22-2010 03:18 PM

Saddle Sliding
Hey all there.
I have a problem with the saddle sliding. My pony mare is really round and has no whithers. Typical pony. :)
She has got now pony saddle, which is not made specially fro her, but fits her well. The problem is that the saddle slides forward, so we have to use the crupper. It is not unfitting saddle, mare doesn't have anything what can the saddle be caught by in front... not so big muscles, no whithers,...
But I think wearing the crupper has to be very uncomfrotable for her. I cannot imagine myself holding weight of 70 kilos on thin rope under my tail... It has to hurt terribly :-( Despite the fact that she seems to have no problem while riding with it, it is clear that she doesn't like it or, at least, she doesn't want to get it put under her tail. (Do not answer me RESPECT, please. We had this done before-she hadn't let me saddle her up, groom, ANYTHING, now, I can do all these stuff, but not putting the crupper on-for me, it means it's making her pain/discomfort...) I was thinking about special second girth put in front of the saddle, but I have no experiences with it. Can anyone tell me something about it? I also considered buying special anti slipping pad. Do you think any of these will help?
Of course we are having special saddle fro her made, but not till she makes some muscles up, now she is not muscled at all, we have to work it out, then make the saddle.
Thanks for replying.

Ray MacDonald 01-23-2010 08:22 PM

A crupper was the best Idea I had! LOL but maybe trying a wither pad thats nice and thick?

starlinestables 01-23-2010 08:58 PM

It will forever be hard to fit a pony like that even with a well fitting saddle!

The anti slip pads help mildly but they don't breath well. Using to much fleece anything can also make things more slippery.. especially natural fleece.

My lesson was riding her round arab with a giant fleeceworks pad and a nice fleece girth that was done up nice and tight. Her horse wasn't cantering politely so I got on to school her a second. In the canter, I was asking for a circle... i lightly apply my inside leg asking for a little bend and she exaggerates.. the saddle falls to the outside and I try to shake it back just as she drops her should and PLOP off I go on my head. Of course I wasn't wearing a helmet..

Maybe you can try a fleece covered crupper though!

SouthernTrails 01-24-2010 07:58 AM

You could try the perforated Neoprene Pads, they are sticky and can breathe.

Here is a link for reference to the material - they have western and english, I would hope someone in your area would have something similar

Tacky-Tack Western Pads

Tacky Tack English Pads


speedy da fish 01-24-2010 08:16 AM

yes i agree get a crupper, i used to ride a little pony who had one because he was round :)

iridehorses 01-24-2010 08:23 AM

I dislike the sticky pads a great deal. On many horses they have a tendency to pull the horse's hair as they move forward and back - especially if that movement is just a tiny bit.

The crupper is the best solution. It is no more irritating then your saddle and girth are - but you must be sure they are clean and soft. Think about every single horse in a harness.

shanoona 01-24-2010 12:22 PM

I have always checked it before tacking her up... We worked on repcet and so on, 3 months ago she didn't stand while tacking and grooming and by now she stands totally easy, no movement until I get the crupper to my hands. she tries to move the butt so I cannot tack her correctly... I also check the area where the crupper is located under her tail... It's alright... I think she don't like it I really would like to find some other equipment for her comfort...
Do you know something about some special second girth, put in fornt of the first?

smrobs 01-24-2010 01:23 PM

The only thing that I can think of that you might be talking about is similar to the flank cinch on a western saddle but those really don't prevent the saddle from sliding forward. Since she really doesn't like the crupper, you might consider getting a breeching designed for saddles like this.
Saddle Breeching

iridehorses 01-24-2010 02:31 PM

You may also try using petroleum jelly (such as Vaseline) or some other lubricant to make it more comfortable until she gets used to the feel.

Equestrian09 01-24-2010 09:35 PM

Reinsman Tacky Too
Tack fitting problems are so frustrating!!!

My horse is super round and wide.

Tried neoprene and it was hot, sweaty and gross.

Tried very high end sheepskin pad and it was fabulous. I use it alot as it is super comfortable for my horse however it is not quite as 'tight' a ride as the Reinsman.

The Reinsman Tacky Too pad keeps my saddle from slipping any direction, including forward. Even tho my gelding has no withers, I got the high wither version of the pad (contour) and pulled it up under the front of the saddle.

Also, dumped the neoprene and the wool girths and went to a sheepskin one (Professional Choice Charmane James) and the combination works just great.

Thinline pads worked wonders for my extra wide dressage saddle with zero slipping ever again (but it was pretty expensive).

Tacky Too was only about $75 and came in a 28 x 28, 30 x 30 or 32 x 32 options which is nice. I got a Micro Suede one that is pretty as well!

Good luck!

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