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post #11 of 22 Old 10-03-2013, 08:28 PM
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post #12 of 22 Old 10-03-2013, 08:40 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks so much guys! I was pretty sure about black before but y'all definitely convinced me! My question now is what have y'all found in the way of fun, colorful pads? I really try to stay with wool or natural fibers, and love my Tolkat Woolback trail...

Toklat Woolback Trail Pocket Saddle Pad - English

I'm just not sure what will work best with the Specialized (I'll be asking my rep too) Of course this is just a cosmetic, fun, post pictures and share ideas thing so there's no right answer :)
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post #13 of 22 Old 10-03-2013, 08:57 PM
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If you know someone handy with a sewing machine, you can always have them make a thin "blanket" (think as thin as an English pad or a Navajo blanket) to go over the plain pad. That way you can customize it. I've made a pad for my Aussie saddle and, even with doing it trial-and-error, it took me about an hour to complete. I'm in the process of making a second pad (to match my new barrel reins ) and a pad for my best friend's English saddle.
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That's a good idea! How did you keep it from slipping around or bunching up though?
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It sounds like you are choosing black but I wanted to add something.

I will NEVER buy a black saddle. I used to use one and where I live it gets sooo dang hot. I would saddle my horse and in the time it took to get his bridle on and get on that sucker would HEAT up or when I had to get off to get a gate etc. Three words: burned butt cheeks (and thighs and legs)!
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That's a good idea! How did you keep it from slipping around or bunching up though?
The weight of the saddle keeps it in place. Also, the back of an English pad is quilted, which helps keep it from slipping. I just use the pre-quilted fabric from Walmart as my backing. Saves time.
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post #17 of 22 Old 10-03-2013, 11:44 PM
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My bay's colors are lime green, purple, and im thinking about adding pink in there.
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post #18 of 22 Old 10-03-2013, 11:47 PM
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My specialized rep said they recommend you use their pads, but he also said you can use whatever pad you want ( I usd toklat cool back) you just have to shim the saddle to compensate for the pad

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It sounds like you are choosing black but I wanted to add something.

I will NEVER buy a black saddle. I used to use one and where I live it gets sooo dang hot. I would saddle my horse and in the time it took to get his bridle on and get on that sucker would HEAT up or when I had to get off to get a gate etc. Three words: burned butt cheeks (and thighs and legs)!
Ouch! Ya that did cross my mind, but I'll more than likely have some sort of seat cover on it like a sheepskin lol
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post #20 of 22 Old 10-04-2013, 09:46 AM
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Ouch! Ya that did cross my mind, but I'll more than likely have some sort of seat cover on it like a sheepskin lol
Dark leather will get hot on its own so matter if its black or brown. With a sheepskin cover you will be fine. I have a black saddle with a black sheepskin cover and I've never had an issue, even riding in shorts on occasion
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