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    02-01-2011, 09:58 AM
  #1
Foal
Question do I need a special saddle pad for a english saddle?

I have what people tell me is an old army saddle or a spanish saddle and I'm thinking about getting a english saddle but I was woundering if I need to get a different saddle pad too? Also I think I know how the sizes work, for me (about 107lb) and my Paso Fino (15 hands) would need a 16 1/2" and size medium right?
     
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    02-01-2011, 10:14 AM
  #2
Green Broke
Please post a picture of the saddle:)
     
    02-01-2011, 12:57 PM
  #3
Showing
I'd say post the pad. I'm not even positive what old army saddle is... :) And just the size of gullet is not always enough for the english saddle fit: you look at the overall conformation.
     
    02-01-2011, 02:04 PM
  #4
Foal
Just incase I wasn't too clear I have an army saddle but want an english saddle and the question is if I need like an english saddle pad for the english saddle?

And I will show yall my saddle :)
     
    02-01-2011, 02:21 PM
  #5
Showing
If army saddle looks similar to english saddle you want you probably may use same pad. My guess would be it's different so yes, you will need english pad (either A/P or dressage depending on saddle) for english saddle.
     
    02-01-2011, 03:11 PM
  #6
Super Moderator
Larra,
I seem to remember that Paso Finos have a back that fits more like an Arabs's back. So, even though the horse is small, the withers are so-called "mutton withers". You might want to do some internet research on saddle fitting for Paso Finos before you assume it is a medium. Most Arabs need a wide or med-wide saddel to accomodate their low, wide withers. I am NO expert, just something I remember reading somewhere and I could be off on this.
Read, research before you buy . It sucks to buy off the internet and find it doesn't fit. Been there, done that.
     
    02-01-2011, 06:51 PM
  #7
Green Broke
I thought it was the opposite for arabs? Thought they had really high withers? I don't know, I don't have one.
     
    02-01-2011, 08:31 PM
  #8
Foal
Here is my old army saddle that some of you wanted to see. Ignore the dust, spring cleaning is on the way :roll:
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    02-01-2011, 09:00 PM
  #9
Green Broke
That is very interesting!! I have never seen a saddle like that. It's really cool!

Yes, you would need an english saddle pad for a english saddle. Those are western saddle pads and wont fit right under an english saddle.
     
    02-01-2011, 09:02 PM
  #10
Yearling
Wow that's so cool. You will need a different pad for a saddle. They don't require much since all what the pad needs to do is keep the saddle clean. Here's an example of a Dressage pad:

A jumper pad:
And an all-purpose pad:
     

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