What you see. The starting point for addressing any equine health related issue is your observation.


Saddle Slips during Work


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.

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

your role


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.

your vet's role


In addition to assessing saddle fit, your vet may perform a lameness exam to rule out subtle lameness contributing to the problem.
Questions Your Vet Might Ask:
  • Do saddle fit, girth and tack look OK?
  • Has the saddle or pad changed?
  • How is the horse performing under saddle?
  • Have you noticed any other problems like tripping or poor performance?
  • Do you notice any lameness?
  • Have you examined the horse's back and girth and checked saddle fit?
  • Have you noticed any behavioral changes under saddle?
  • Have you noticed the horse seeming uncomfortable under saddle?

Treatments Your Vet May Recommend

A way to resolve the condition or diagnosis. Resolving the underlying cause or treating the signs of disease (symptomatic treatment)

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Author: Doug Thal DVM Dipl. ABVP