Slip­ping around

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QMy horse seems to be shaped like a bar­rel. I’ve had my sad­dle checked but his shape means it al­ways slips round when I’m rid­ing. Have you got any ad­vice? San­dra James, Mon­mouthshire

AUse a non-elas­tic girth and en­sure that it’s tight enough, as some canny horses spe­cialise in blow­ing out when their girths are be­ing tight­ened. To get around this, check it be­fore mount­ing, again af­ter a few strides of walk and then again af­ter five or 10 min­utes of ex­er­cise. There are also some very good grip pads and gels on the mar­ket. Many rid­ers use gel pads next to the horse’s skin but re­mem­ber to rinse these off af­ter each use to re­tain stick­i­ness. You can also use a sec­ond gel be­tween the num­nah and sad­dle – then you’re re­ally glued in place. There are also some great num­nahs and squares that have anti-slip mesh on both sides. If your sad­dle has point and bal­ance straps, use them for your girth. Your sad­dle fit­ter can or­gan­ise to have these straps put on if they’re not there al­ready, and they make a huge dif­fer­ence.

Us­ing a gel pad be­tween the sad­dle and num­nah can help to keep your sad­dle in place

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