Are you struggling with saddle slip? We get it, it’s no fun and can even be dangerous when your sliding side-to-side after every turn you take.
Even the most experienced riders experience saddle slip, it just means it’s time to tune up your equipment.
If you're a horseback rider, you know the importance of a saddle that fits both you and your horse correctly. A well-fitting saddle helps you maintain proper balance and control while riding. It also provides protection for your horse's back and helps to distribute your weight evenly.
Unfortunately, even the best-fitting saddle can slip if it's not properly secured.
Here are some tips for keeping your saddle in place:
Make sure the girth is tight enough
The girth is the strap that goes around your horse's belly, under the saddle. It should be tight enough to hold the saddle in place, but not so tight that it causes discomfort for your horse. The Ovation® Dressage Equalizer Girth is still the most comfortable girth on the market. This nylon girth is lined with soft OV-Synthetic Fleece for comfort and easy wash-ability. Features elastic and stainless steel buckles at both ends.
Use a breastplate
A breastplate is a piece of equipment that helps to prevent saddle slip by keeping the saddle in place.
There are a few different types of breastplates available on the market, but they all work in essentially the same way. The breastplate attaches to the front of the saddle and then wraps around the horse’s chest. This creates a secure connection that prevents the saddle from slipping forward, even when the rider is sitting in it.
While breastplates are not required equipment for riding, they can be very helpful in preventing saddle slip.
Traditional saddle pads can also prevent minor slippage, as they are a unique product that wicks sweat from the horse to reduce the risk of rubbing and increase comfort and is thin enough to fit in the design area of the horse’s spine.
Check your grooming products
One often overlooked culprit is grooming products.
That's right, the same products you use to make your horse look their best can also make it more difficult for your saddle to stay in place. This is because many grooming products contain oils or other slippery substances that can make the surface of the saddle less grippy.
So, if you're having trouble with your saddle slipping, take a closer look at the grooming products you're using. You may need to switch to something thatDebra Zaret doesn't contain any oils or other slippery substances. With a little trial and error, you should be able to find a product that works well for both you and your horse.