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post #1 of 13 Old 11-29-2010, 06:19 PM Thread Starter
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Sloppy Saddle Issue - Need some help making my saddle stick

Hi, I'm new here, and I have an issue with my saddle being sloppy on my horse. It is a synthetic saddle with wool padding. The pad setup i am using is a thin neoprene on her back, then wool saddle pad, and then my saddle. However, my saddle doesn't have hardly any skirt on it so it wants to slip to one side or the other.

I don't have the money for a nice leather saddle with enough skirt to do the job, so I was wondering if anyone on here knew of any modifications I can make to my saddle to make it less sloppy and stick to my horse better.
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post #2 of 13 Old 11-29-2010, 07:42 PM
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Sounds like either your saddle is too wide for your horse's back, or you aren't tightening the saddle enough. Also, neoprene pads do not breathe well, so an accumulation of sweat can cause the saddle to slip.

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post #3 of 13 Old 11-29-2010, 08:13 PM
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Synthetic saddles dont 'sit' as well as leather saddles do. Have you tried an anti-slip pad? What kind of girth are you using? Have you tried a breastplate?
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post #4 of 13 Old 11-29-2010, 08:28 PM Thread Starter
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I use a breastcollar and a neoprene girth, I am considering replacing the nylon latigo with a leather one since leather sticks to itself well. What do you all think about using a girth on the back d-rings to keep the saddle down and in place? I read somewhere that using an antislip bath mat works good
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post #5 of 13 Old 11-29-2010, 09:03 PM
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You won't want to use anything as a saddle pad that isn't designed to be a saddle pad. My first guess would be that the tree in your saddle doesn't fit your horse. If it is either too wide or too narrow, it can cause slipping so that would be the first thing that I checked. After that, I like felt pads for horses that are a little rolly just because it has a bit more stickum than your typical fleece pad. Adding a back cinch really couldn't hurt anything but I really don't expect it would make that much difference with your issue since you don't want to keep that cinch very tight anyway. I personally hate everything neoprene because it tends to pinch/pull hair when it's dry and slip when it's wet. At least that has been my experience with it.
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post #6 of 13 Old 11-29-2010, 10:57 PM
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I have saddles with hardly any skirt and they don't slip at all. It's not the skirt, it's the fit.

Sounds to me like it's just not the right fit for your horse and all the pads and straps in the world won't make it stay. I know I tried to do just that, but it's like putting a belt on a pair of pants that are just too big in the seat. The belt will stay, but the pants will still sag. The cinch will hold, but the saddle will still slip.

If you don't have extra cash, see if you can set up a trade with someone, or sell yours and use that cash for another used saddle. But before you buy, try. If you can...
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post #7 of 13 Old 11-30-2010, 12:25 AM
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The skirt would have nothing to do with whether the saddle slips sideways or not.
I agree with smrobs, ditch the neoprene, pronto! It is nasty stuff to be directly against the horse's side. If you must, use it on top of the wool pad. The wool pad itself will provide more stickum. And, look into the fit of your saddle. There are a ton of threads regarding saddle fit on this forum. If you find one, look at the photos that have been posted and you can take some of your horse/saddle (do it with NO pad under the saddle, ok?). We will do our best to critque the fit, if you like. Make sure lighting is good and horse is squared up.
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post #8 of 13 Old 11-30-2010, 02:17 AM
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neoprene can "burn" the hair off your horse and also some horses are allergic.When they sweat it becomes slippery as well. I use to have a neoprene cinch though...I did like that and it didn't rub but again you have to be careful with it.I wouldn't be putting anything neoprene on my horses back atleast.
Wool pads are great.I also like the memory foam kind.

If this saddle ends up not being the correct fit sell it and buy a new one.I have had to do it a couple of times untill I knew what size saddle my horse needed.
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post #9 of 13 Old 11-30-2010, 12:19 PM
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I agree, ditch the neoprene pad and go with a felt saddle pad. I would also use a mohair cinch. Mohair has some give to it, breathes well, and it's less slippery than neoprene.
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post #10 of 13 Old 12-01-2010, 04:06 AM
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Yes Ma'am! Ain't nothin' like a good mohair cinch! they are the best for horse comfort AND stability through movement
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