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Quick Tip for Riders to Keep Their Boots From Slipping in the Saddle

How many times have you been frustrated that your leg slips back in the air over a jump?

Getting tight in the air when riding requires well practiced techniques, exercises, and of course, experience. Bernie Traurig has a little tip for riders on how to stay tight against the saddle. With the help of Maclay Champion Zazou Hoffman, in this video Bernie shows us how a little can of sticky spray can become an essential item for all equestrians to keep in their bag of tricks.

As most of us know, boots get very dry and slippery and so can your saddle, especially in the hot sun. When this happens you have very little friction and you tend to slide easily. This can be frustrating, but it is fixable! All you need to do is take a little sticky spray, which you can pick up at your local tack shop, and apply it to the on the inside of each calf, right where your leg compresses into the saddle. This is a very important area where you want to have friction and not feel loose in the air.

If you like this tip and want some other techniques to stay tight in the tack over jumps, we recommend:

get tight in the tack over a jump with maclay winner zazou hoffman

Air Time – Getting Tight In The Tack Over Jumps With Zazou Hoffman
Bernie Traurig
Maintaining a secure balance with your horse over the fence is crucial. In this video Bernie outlines a series of exercises designed to improve your balance & security in the tack – beautifully demonstrated by Maclay winner, Zazou Hoffman.
Running Time:  12 minutes and 47 seconds

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Bernie Traurig

As a Horseman, Bernie is renowned for not only his riding talents but for his teaching and coaching gifts. As a competitor, Bernie has represented the United States Equestrian Team both at home and abroad on many occasions and reached the top of the sport in all 3 of the International Equestrian Olympic disciplines: Show Jumping, Dressage, and Eventing.After amassing 60 years worth of training and riding techniques and experiences with thousands of horses, Bernie is driven to give back to the sport that has given him so much fulfillment and success.

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  1. I completely advocate the use of saddle tight products while riding/showing but… I know you support the IHSA and possibly the IEA where these products are forbidden to be used. An article on how to completely remove it from your boots may be helpful as you will be disqualified if using it while showing in both IHSA and IEA..

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