do I need a special saddle pad for a english saddle?

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    02-01-2011, 09:58 AM
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
Green Broke
Please post a picture of the saddle:)
    02-01-2011, 12:57 PM
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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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