I have a quarter pony with no withers to speak of.
I call him the round barrel. Every saddle I try slides off to the side.
I wish I was a saddle expert, but I'm not. :/
What's the best way to keep the saddle in place? It never goes forward or backwards, just off the side.
Will a breast collar fix this problem?
Anyone tried the Tacky Too type pads? Do they work for holding the saddle in place?
I've tried the tacky-tack pads, and wet chamois. Honestly, the thing that works best is just a plain old $4 no slip rug pad from Home Depot. I use them under my side saddle. You don't want that thing slipping, and with one of those, it stays put.
If I ever use "there" instead of "their" or "your" instead of you're" in the same post I've been kidnapped and am signaling for help.
Back when The Horse Journal was Mike Plumb's Horse Journal, he wrote about the merits of a simple chamois pad under the saddle to keep it from slipping, and it works.
However, if the saddle doesn't fit your pony properly, there isn't enough chamois in the world to fix the problem. If your pony has a wide, flat back, check out Duett saddles. I bought one for our roly poly Highland pony and they sent a rep here to measure her for the correct fit. Even with that extra perk, the saddle was reasonably priced and great quality.
Good luck with your pony. I love those cute little pudgy ponies but they are hard to fit.
Some people think it looks ridiculous, but I had a lot of luck using 5-point breastplates.
Do I look like an idiot taking my draft x to schooling shows rocking a 5-point? Probably!
Do I care? Not in the least--the saddle's staying where it needs to be!