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post #1 of 27 Old 10-27-2013, 09:33 PM Thread Starter
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Saddle slipping

I cannot get my saddle to stop slipping when trying to mount. I have a tried a smart cinch, a mohair horse cinch, a pony cinch, and two different types of saddle pads with no success. I don't mean a little slippage either the saddle slides to the side. I have tightened the cinch and then retightened as well....any ideas...
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post #2 of 27 Old 10-27-2013, 09:36 PM
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All I can think of is that you start using a mounting block more often? Sorry I couldn't give more advice...

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post #3 of 27 Old 10-27-2013, 10:07 PM
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is your horse holding his breath when you saddle? Some do that. Little ******s. Do you lunge or work him with the saddle on before you mount? I lunge and work and then I re tighten.
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post #4 of 27 Old 10-27-2013, 10:26 PM
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I would check saddle fit too. That could be another cause of slipping.
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post #5 of 27 Old 10-27-2013, 10:28 PM
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Your horse could have mutton withers or your mounting wrong
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post #6 of 27 Old 10-27-2013, 10:31 PM Thread Starter
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she gets lunged then retightened...she isn't broke for riding yet but takes the saddle so obviously my next step is to actually get on...but as of yet everytime I put my foot in the stirrup here goes my saddle....I want to be able to break her in by steps but at this point i'm smh...I will have to try and find someone that can tell me if I have a good saddle fit...from what I can determine it fits her good but I might very well be missing something...
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post #7 of 27 Old 10-27-2013, 10:54 PM Thread Starter
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to do determine whether or not she has mutton withers what type of photo would you need to see...her withers are not prominent imo.
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post #8 of 27 Old 10-27-2013, 10:59 PM
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Does the saddle fit? What is your horse's back like?

I guess the first step is to identify the problem. When the saddle slips is the girth really loose or still tight? If it's loose it's probably your horse "blowing out".

If it's still pretty firm you'll need to look at your horse's back and the saddle. A saddle that doesn't fit right will slip, in which case the solution will be to either get your saddle fitted or get a new saddle.

If the saddle fits well then you need to consider your horse's back. If it's very flat and "rounded" with little or no wither then sometimes you just can't get a saddle to stay put. Then you might start looking at saddle pads designed for horses specifically like that or other solutions.

Another thing is that when you mount up don't pull yourself up, spring from your foot. Don't go straight up and then throw your leg over either. Kind of spring up and across the back, don't pull yourself up by the saddle, rest one hand the horse's mane and the other over the other side of the saddle where you can kind of "press down" for grip.
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post #9 of 27 Old 10-27-2013, 11:06 PM
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You can take different pictures of her back for us. I would have someone in person check your saddle though. If it fits correctly (and some horses do need a breastplate or crupper) and is tightened correctly it will not slide.
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post #10 of 27 Old 10-27-2013, 11:08 PM
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A picture with the saddle on would be good too.
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