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