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    09-20-2011, 06:05 PM
  #1
Foal
Quick showing question

So, I'm new at dressage and have a 4-h show in about a month. I'm borrowing all the english tack because it is a group competition like a pony club rally except it is recomended to show english and western. I show western normally. Is it okay to use a saddle pad that is fitted to the saddle instead of a dressage pad? Like a hunter fleece saddle pad or not? It is a not rated show.
     
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    09-20-2011, 07:29 PM
  #2
Yearling
You need a dressage or a square pad to fit a dressage saddle. A fitted pad is not the same shape as a dressage saddle.
     
    09-21-2011, 07:12 PM
  #3
Foal
The thing is it's not a dressage saddle I'm borrowing, it's an all purpose, Sorry:forgot to mention that. Can I use a fitted pad or should I not?
     
    09-21-2011, 08:17 PM
  #4
Banned
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Originally Posted by Maggie May    
The thing is it's not a dressage saddle I'm borrowing, it's an all purpose, Sorry:forgot to mention that. Can I use a fitted pad or should I not?
For this level it is fine.

You may fine yourself in the minority and some people might be embarrassed ( it's that fitting in thing some people have qualms over) but you shouldn't be.

There is nothing in the rules that say you MUST have a square pad so use what you wish.

PS....if you had NO pad it STILL would be fine.
     
    09-21-2011, 08:31 PM
  #5
Showing
If it's not a rated show then you should be OK. When I first started riding G Man English I only had a shaped pad and no one said anything.
     
    09-22-2011, 12:18 PM
  #6
Yearling
Wait, I don't get it? And fitted do you mean a shaped pad? I'll add the pictures at the bottom. Or do you mean like a square pad.

If you are talking about the first picture then it is okay to show and you should show in it. As for the second pad I guess it would be okay for a local-not-high rated show. I show in a shaped white pad at any show just to show my respect for the judges.
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    09-22-2011, 02:06 PM
  #7
Showing
For dressage the convention is the other way around isn't it?

I started with a pad like the first one, but the second is a better option for dressage surely?
     
    09-22-2011, 05:59 PM
  #8
Trained
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Originally Posted by Golden Horse    
For dressage the convention is the other way around isn't it?

I started with a pad like the first one, but the second is a better option for dressage surely?
I know I've always seen the second "square" one used at dressage shows. The only difference is that it's always white, never colored. (Although every once in a while you'll see someone with black...)

But, yes, a shaped pad is perfectly acceptable for a local show.
     
    09-22-2011, 06:19 PM
  #9
Foal
Thanks so much you guys, I am going to use the shaped pad like the first one in the picture. I didn't want to go to the show and feel embarassed because I didn't have a dressage pad. But now I know it's okay to use at this show.
     



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