Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Greenville area / SC
Unless your horse is mutton withered, there are several things that come to mind in your case.
First is that your saddle does not fit and no matter how tight you make it, it will slip because of fit.
Secondly is that you are not pulling it up tight enough. I tighten my girth 3 times before mounting. The first is very loose, just enough to hold the saddle on. The second and third is after I've moved my horse in position to mount.
Third can be the pad that is causing the slip.
Fourth is that it will be a normal thing to shift the saddle on your horse. On Boomer, the saddle fits well that I don't need to tighten the girth as tight as I need to on other horses. In fact, his withers are nicely pronounced and the saddle fits so well that it doesn't shift a single bit. Not so with other horses and saddles.
You should not have to rely on the friction of the girth to keep the saddle in place. I use a mohair string girth and it is the pad and fit that works for me.
I'm not arguing with you, I'm just explaining why I'm right.
Nothing sucks more than that moment during an argument when you realize you're wrong.
It's not always what you say but what they hear.