Join Date: Oct 2013
Location: I'm an American girl living in southwest France
Alternatives to a crupper? Help!
Hello, Horse Forum folks. I have a little problem, and I'm confident someone here can help.
I have a half arab with a very short back, who also is half draft, so even when in great shape, she has a very round belly. These two things together create the perfect storm for an English saddle to slide too far forward. The cinch slides up under her arm/leg pits and then the saddle follows.
I tried a crupper today for the first time. Luckily, I free-lunged her first. When we asked for the canter, she bucked like a bronc, and this is a girl who in a year and a half I've never seen buck even once. We loosened the crupper a notch and she quit doing that.
I then had my lesson, but never moved beyond a trot because I was worried the crupper would tighten up as the saddle moved forward and I'd get launched into next week. She doesn't buck much, but when she does, woof. Lets just say that rear end of hers is very drafty-sized but the kick is pretty arab-athletic.
The problem besides this is I've started jumping, and my instructor said I shouldn't use the crupper during jumping, which means the saddle will move forward again.
Is there a good alternative to the crupper to keep her saddle back and usable during jumping?
ETA: this saddle has been professionally fitted, but it's new and still being broken in. I have a rear wedge gel pad thing in between the saddle blanket and saddle (I don't know the word in English... it's "amortisseur" in French) keeping the back up a little. The saddle rep said it would help break the saddle in and if he needed to add flocking in the back in a couple months he would. The reason he suggested putting something back there is it looked to him like there wasn't enough flocking for her. I guess the saddle was tilted up in the front a little when in the correct position.
ETA2: the saddle pad itself isn't slipping ... the saddle is slipping forward and coming off the saddle pad in the front.
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