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Saddle Pad Slipping

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  • Saddle Pad Slipping

    When I ride one of my non-in-house students' horse I generally use a thin baby pad, a fluffy half pad, and my backup saddle that fits him pretty well with that setup. The saddle and half pad stay where they belong, but after just a few minutes the baby pad starts slipping back. I've tried the RI thin black non-slip pads underneath, but still no dice.

    I've tried a slightly thicker square pad, and that slips too.

    I suspect a fitted white pad would stay put, but I think the horse feels better with the extra padding provided by the half pad (saddle sits at a more comfortable angle for me too) and using a fluffy fitted pad + fluffy half pad would require a new girth for him. I don't want to ask her to buy that since she wouldn't need it with her saddle, and I don't want to take one from my barn because I hate transferring tack back and forth.

    Are there any other anti-slip tricks?

    Her saddle makes my entire body ache, so I don't want to use that.

    In typing this I also realize I could try JUST the half pad eh?

  • #2
    At WIHS, I'm pretty sure that there was a vendor who had some baby pads that were shaped more like an AP or CC style of pad and that actually had the girth holders. I think the pads were $26 or something like that. Unfortunately, I didn't look to see who made them, but maybe someone else on here will know or remember. I have the same problem with my cute Roma baby pad that I ordered from Smartpak last year. It drives me crazy enough that I'm considering sewing on girth straps to keep it from slipping.

    ETA: You could also try one like this: http://www.raraequus.com/ProductCart...dproduct=21830
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    • #3
      "Gentlemen, we have the technology... we can rebuild him."

      You don't need to go bionic (remember when $6 million was an ungodly amount of money?)

      Anywho, get any of these:

      1) a Nunnfiner black rubber pad

      2) one of those light blue perforated gel things meant to cool and use under a standing wrap. Wet it and wring it out for slightly better (and great!) traction.

      3) The traditional damp chamois

      4) rubbermaid shelf liner at good old K-Mart. Wet or dry, cut to any shape as you like it.

      I like the blue gel thing the best.

      Know, too, that a slipping baby pad means your saddle doesn't fit somewhere along the panels between tree points and back 1/3 near the cantle. It will hurt sooner or later, depending on what you do, and how often. Not what you want to hear, and in your position, I'd not worry about it until the horse's back said "ouch!" in some official way.
      The armchair saddler
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      • Original Poster

        The saddle isnt the perfect fit that the owner's one is, flocked specifically for this horse, but its not a bad fit. The half pad is extra fluffy just to make sure, and I do check his back all the time. Thanks for the tips though. I'm going to try the shelf liner since I have some extra in the house.