Saddle Slipping to the side, Help!

Lucy J

Weaver's Tale aka Ciara!!
Dec 5, 2001
2,525
0
0
43
Renfrewshire, Scotland
Visit site
Finally found a saddle that my NF is comfy in, fits nicely but due to him being a rolly polly it slips to one side. He is very green and has not been ridden in a while, so I like to make sure the girth is tight enough before i get on so I don't have to readjust. But as he is round without any prominent wither, the saddle, even though girth tight enough, keeps slipping to one side. Today it was the right side, but sometimes its the left. What can I do to prevent this? He spooked today and the saddle slipped a good few inches round, no amount of weight on the other stirrup shifted it back. Today was his first ever hack out alone, so obviously I need to make sure I am on a saddle that won't slide round because if he takes off I'll be in trouble!

I'm used to riding TB type horses and haven't had this problem before! He just has a fake fur numnah underneath and a girth with elastic on one side (I tried one without elastic, but the billets are webbing and the holes very stiff and the only way I can get it tight enough is to use an elasticaced girth. Would perhaps a humane girth help or a girth with elastic at both ends help, or maybe a different numnah? The saddle doesn't slide back or forward, just sideways!

Help Help Help!!! Thanks! :confused:
 

Remmy

Administrator
Nov 8, 1999
978
13
18
uk
Hi Lucy!

A couple of things to think about:

Panel shape wrong for the back
Saddle slightly too narrow
Combination of above

...which will be made worse be an elasticated girth (one ended).

If we assumed that the saddle 'was' ok then try usung a cord girth. This will go a long way to fixing the problem IF the saddle is fine.

Hope that helps?

Oh, how is Ciara these days? :)

Vicki
 

Lucy J

Weaver's Tale aka Ciara!!
Dec 5, 2001
2,525
0
0
43
Renfrewshire, Scotland
Visit site
Hiya! how are you

Ciara is well thanks, full of herself infact!! (although too fat at the moment and feet got a nasty crack so she's having some time off till the farrier comes!)

It is probable that the panels are not the right shape, it is wide enough at the front (and he's quick to tell you if its not!) but could do with wider panels and the gullet could be wider at the back. Problem is I only have him for 1month as he is for sale and co-owned, so I just can't invest £100's on the saddle, much and all as I would love to. I've given up work to look after little Justin, so livery for 2 is stretching me as it is! That's why i've got the time to sort this little pony out who needs to be worked every day. I realised he had been left out at grass doing not a lot. The saddle is a much better fit than the one the co-owner was sharing between ponies :)eek: ), and he is comfortable in it, so really I need a short term solution, the long term fix is for the person who buys him to buy a nice properly fitted saddle! I know its not ideal, but funding at critical stage! I just need to get him schooling well and hacking out so someone will actually want to buy him!

I'll try the string girth idea (its ciara's old elasticated girth I'm using as she's off elastic now :D ), shame actually - I sold mine on ebay quite recently!

Are you in hampshire soon at all?
 

atillathefun

New Member
Jan 7, 2005
1,145
0
0
41
Essex
Visit site
I used to have this problem with my loan horse, you could try using a non slip pad and I found that a thick numnah made it worse so try using a thinner one.

Get someone to watch you to make sure you are sitting straight as that can influence it too.
 

Skye94

Most accident prone horse owner
Jan 6, 2006
546
39
28
33
Near Aberdeen - Laurencekirk
Saddle

Hey there, i have the same problem with my highland pony. she is on the large side at the moment, and i dont really want to tighten her girth too tight, but you can get a thing caalled a balancing strap which goes behind the 3rd girth strap. so instead of using the 1st and 3rd you use the 1st and 4th. really handy little invention!!

hope this is ok

Leah xx
 

~*sugarlump*~

rather be riding...
May 22, 2005
4,521
0
0
one of the ponies that i ride is very flat withered, shes a cobby but i think u can have the same problem with youngsters. shes also chubby which doesnt help
you can get saddles designed for flat whithers which might help
 

breeches

No talent, but tries hard
May 13, 2006
677
0
0
wiltshire
thorogood (i think its them, not suer of the spelling either) make a saddlepad for cobs with a non slip backing, they are amazing and only £20, they are not too big and will probably be ok for a NF.
solved my problem
 

LesleyR

New Member
Jul 15, 2000
168
0
0
Visit site
Breeches - can you use those under a dressage saddle? (sorry - shamelessly hijacking thread as I have exactly the same problem with my NF and his thorogood dressage saddle so I'm interested in possible solutions!)
 
Similar threads
Thread starter Title Forum Replies Date
dani_gurl moving head from side to side and slipping saddle question Training of the Horse and Rider 6
Frances Help, my saddle is slipping Training of the Horse and Rider 8
Mary Poppins Saddle slipping to the left Tack & Saddlery 8
Olivia C Saddle constantly slipping.... Tack & Saddlery 20
Bodshi Saddle slipping backwards Tack & Saddlery 8
tikkitti treeless saddle slipping help! Tack & Saddlery 11
Holly Slipping saddle Tack & Saddlery 16
squidsin Slipping saddle Tack & Saddlery 22
KarinUS woops, where did it go (saddle suddenly slipping) Tack & Saddlery 4
shadowfax1967 saddle slipping help Tack & Saddlery 5
sjp1 Grippy Stuff to stop saddle slipping advice? Tack & Saddlery 17
Midnight_Ashes Saddle slipping up neck... Tack & Saddlery 10
Innocence Saddle slipping Tack & Saddlery 3
B Saddle Slipping help Tack & Saddlery 10
Zani Slipping Saddle, could it be the girth? Tack & Saddlery 4
P Slipping saddle solutions. Tack & Saddlery 9
popularfurball Lameness +bute+saddle slipping revisited..SORRY!!! Veterinary,Injuries and Therapies 25
G Will a breastplate stop a saddle slipping round? Tack & Saddlery 10
coloredred saddle still slipping forwards. Tack & Saddlery 0
coloredred How to stop a saddle slipping forwards Tack & Saddlery 11
cinammontoast Saddle slipping? Tack & Saddlery 8
P slipping saddle Tack & Saddlery 8
vikkig Saddle slipping again :( Tack & Saddlery 8
candypony No withers - saddle slipping...help! Tack & Saddlery 17
NoviceNic Unlevel Saddle v Slipping Saddle Tack & Saddlery 29
B saddle slipping, recommend numnah/saddlecloth Tack & Saddlery 12
S Suber pad and saddle slipping Tack & Saddlery 9
T Saddle slipping Tack & Saddlery 1
J How to stop saddle slipping? Tack & Saddlery 9
Snow_Pony Treeless saddle slipping - help! + Pic Tack & Saddlery 22
noodle saddle slipping Tack & Saddlery 10
S Saddle slipping Tack & Saddlery 3
A Saddle Slipping Tack & Saddlery 9
Bertie Saddle slipping - what can I do Tack & Saddlery 10
P Saddle slipping Tack & Saddlery 5
PonyGirlAsh Saddle slipping- breastplate?? Tack & Saddlery 3
C Saddle slipping forward General 2
B Saddle slipping forward. General 2
E crupper for a slipping saddle? General 8
laura kevin Saddle Slipping First Timers 20
A saddle slipping forward General 3
Sarah-B Has anyone tried that non-slip car boot mat (pic) stuff to stop a saddle slipping? General 2
L Slipping Saddle General 4
Sarah-B Will a breastplate stop lateral saddle slipping? General 2
Sarah-B Saddle slipping - best anti-slip numnah/pad? General 25
Scarlett 001 Minor saddle slipping - am I riding crooked, or is it horse or saddle? General 6
B Saddle keeps slipping, is it the girth or the tree? General 12
G desensitizing to a slipping saddle Training of the Horse and Rider 8
N Saddle slipping on cob when mounting 2005 Archive of Posts 18
H saddle slipping back First Timers 4

Similar threads

newrider.com