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post #1 of 9 Old 10-03-2013, 11:23 AM Thread Starter
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Proper saddle fit

Help! My dad has a Morgan horse and he's so round shouldered and hardly has any withers. When we tack up to ride it's like we can NEVER get his saddle tight enough so it won't move when he gets on. He has to get on from a higher bank just to make sure his saddle doesn't slide under his horses belly! The saddle is a 7 1/2 gullet and it does fit the horse overall but we just can never get it tight enough. Even when we double the latigo in with the cinch! Any suggestions?
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post #2 of 9 Old 10-03-2013, 09:34 PM
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Help! My dad has a Morgan horse and he's so round shouldered and hardly has any withers. When we tack up to ride it's like we can NEVER get his saddle tight enough so it won't move when he gets on. He has to get on from a higher bank just to make sure his saddle doesn't slide under his horses belly! The saddle is a 7 1/2 gullet and it does fit the horse overall but we just can never get it tight enough. Even when we double the latigo in with the cinch! Any suggestions?
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I too have a low withered horse and my saddle always slides unless someone holds the opposite stirrup down hard, while I'm mounting. I just ordered a special saddle from Crestridge, hoping that will make a difference.
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Man, with that kind of rolling of the saddle, next time the horse spooks and does a quick 180, the saddle will roll off the side and dump you. Ask me how I know!

Are you using the flank cinch, too?
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post #4 of 9 Old 10-04-2013, 04:11 AM
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The saddle does not fit. Period.

Cinching it down tighter and tighter is not fair to the horse.

Buy a saddle that you have had fitted to him. But this is a good way to end up dead, or paralyzed.

You cannot tighten a saddle down on a horse like this and fix the problem.

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post #5 of 9 Old 10-04-2013, 06:41 AM
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The saddle does not fit. Period.

Cinching it down tighter and tighter is not fair to the horse.

Buy a saddle that you have had fitted to him. But this is a good way to end up dead, or paralyzed.

You cannot tighten a saddle down on a horse like this and fix the problem.
Exactly, applying an extra 50lbs of force to tighten the Cinch is not the answer, the Angle of the Bars is incorrect, gullet width is actually minor when fitting a Saddle, the Bar angle is the most important.

If the angle is wrong, then not enough of the bar contacts the Horse and the saddle moves around too much.

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post #6 of 9 Old 10-05-2013, 07:39 AM
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I've ridden lots of ponies with no withers and no matter how tight the girth is the saddle will still slip, so don't try to squeeze the life out of him. However before you pay to get the saddle fitted I would get a no slip pad, they're cheap and look like nothing but work wonders. We put one on a pony who was in for training because none of the saddles we had fit her right and we went from balancing precariously in the stirrups to riding out even her biggest spooks with no slipping at all.
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post #7 of 9 Old 10-05-2013, 08:00 AM
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I had the same issue with mare and it was because the saddle didn't fit.

I purchased a new saddle with the help of a pro and that fixed the problem. I also use a breastcollar too. My girth is snug or even a tad bit loose and saddle shift is minimal.

I tried a no slip pad but it didn't help because of the bad saddle fit. It might help if you post pics of the saddle on the horse. Then members more experienced them I could help suggest changes to stop the saddle from rolling. Hope that helps a little bit!
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The saddle does fit and I solved the problem!!! I'm now using two saddle blankets and the saddle doesn't move at all when I get on or while I'm riding him!
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Thanks for y'alls input!!! I appreciate it!
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