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post #1 of 29 Old 04-01-2014, 01:21 PM Thread Starter
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Does anybody show with just a half pad?

I'm just curious as to anyone shows with just their half pad, or any other pads.

I have another thread started about saddle slippage so I won't go in to too much detail but I have a Wintec 500 with a Thinline ultra comfort half pad (the one with sheepskin, and a Thinline short girth. The thinline pad attaches really well to my saddle. However most regular dressage pads that I put under it will not. The shoulder keepers are not long enough to attach to the billets or anything else and the girth keepers are not wide enough to fit the Thinline Shortgirth. So, the thinline half pad stays in place, the saddle pad slides right out the back within minutes.

I have a show this weekend and I am ready to give up. Is it okay to show with just the sheepskin half pad? I know the Dressage Pad is mainly just for looks and to keep the saddle and half pad clean, but will it look bad without one?

What are your opinions?
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post #2 of 29 Old 04-01-2014, 02:44 PM
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Is it a schooling show? If so, yes, you can go in pretty much however you want, you only get judged on what you bring there.

If not, I'm pretty sure even open divisions require a full white pad, even if it is a fitted hunt pad, or a square pad.

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If you're unsure, contact the office holding the show :) and have fun at it!

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It's a schooling show :) I think they allow it, I'm just wondering if anybody actually does it or if it's allowed yet frowned upon.
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I can't comment on the US but it was traditionally incorrect to show in the UK with a pad of any sort - nowadays you do see them but they're still supposed to be just saddle shaped and as inconspicuous as possible.
Sorry not much help am I!!
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I've never seen anyone show in just a half pad even at schooling shows.

The front billet on my dressage saddle is connected quite low and the second one is far enough back that I can't get the Velcro straps around it when I'm using just a square pad or when I use my half pad (I have the same Thinline pad). I ended up cutting all those Velcro straps off and find that putting the billets through the strap at the bottom of the pad is enough. Does your square pad not have the straps on the bottom, or do you just not find them enough to keep the pad in place?
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I've never seen anyone show in just a half pad even at schooling shows.

The front billet on my dressage saddle is connected quite low and the second one is far enough back that I can't get the Velcro straps around it when I'm using just a square pad or when I use my half pad (I have the same Thinline pad). I ended up cutting all those Velcro straps off and find that putting the billets through the strap at the bottom of the pad is enough. Does your square pad not have the straps on the bottom, or do you just not find them enough to keep the pad in place?
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All of my pads have the strap on the bottom but my ThinLine girth is too wide to go through them :(
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Could you remove the strap and sew on a new one that fits your girth?
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Yes, you can do so. (It is really interesting that so many have copied the square pads w/o any idea why they are using them, and probably shouldn't be. There were to keep tail coats from getting wet. Now they are so big that many riders are using their whips on the too large pads)
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Yes, you can do so. (It is really interesting that so many have copied the square pads w/o any idea why they are using them, and probably shouldn't be. There were to keep tail coats from getting wet. Now they are so big that many riders are using their whips on the too large pads)
I don't see any problem with folks using them because they look nice. I personally love the look of a nice square pad, and I likely won't ever need one to protect my coat!

Of course, there's the ever present "are you sure the saddle fits" question. Almost every occasion when I've seen people have problems with the saddle pad slipping out they have an ill fitting saddle. Not saying it's the case with you, but make sure. I have a saddle pad with no billet keepers, and I have never had an issue with it slipping at all.

If nothing else, you can easily cut off the old billet keepers and sew new ones on your pad that fit your girth. I personally think that the look would seem unfinished without a pad, but that's just me. Other folks have many different ideas on what an ideal show look is! I will say though that I once saw a guy at a dressage show riding with no saddle pad. I don't remember what level of showing it was or how he did.
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