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Saddle Slips during Work

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  • Even if the horse does not appear to be lame to you.

Saddle slippage may be caused by any number of conditions, including saddle fit and rider position. But hind limb lameness may also contribute to saddle slippage. So lameness should be considered as a potential cause if a saddle consistently slips or rolls in a particular direction.

WHAT TO DO

Check your saddle fit and your horse’s back, but also watch your horse move and assess for lameness at the walk and trot. Examine the limbs for swelling, digital pulse and heat. Share your findings and concerns with your vet.

WHAT YOUR VET DOES

In addition to assessing saddle fit, your vet may perform a lameness exam to rule out subtle lameness contributing to the problem.

Author: Doug Thal DVM Dipl. ABVP

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