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    10-07-2010, 10:48 AM
Green Broke
picking out a saddle pad but what size?

My western pad is 30 x36...I am not sure what is the standard for an english pad. My horse has a short back so I want to consider that.
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    10-07-2010, 10:54 AM
Gidget, you won't see measurements on English saddle pads the way you do for Western.

As long as they fit under the seat of the saddle, that's all you really need.

With Western saddles you have to consider the skirt when buying a pad. With English, there's no skirt to worry about.
    10-07-2010, 10:54 AM
Green Broke
Lol,alright.thanks....it will be interesting for all of you watching me learn!
    10-07-2010, 10:58 AM
I remember when I first started out. It's definitely interesting to watch someone going through all the newness. Glad to be of help.
    10-07-2010, 11:15 AM
Green Broke
Oh and with the girth...I have to buy a new one cause the one we have is a 44..that's pretty small right? Well ont he saddle the fits her..it goes to the very last notch(the notch near the seat of the saddle) and it still could use tightening soooo my question is....should I get a 42 or 40?

After this I will show you the pad I just bought
    10-07-2010, 11:28 AM
44 is about average, but they definitely make bigger. I've known horses who take a 52 or 54 girth. Those are BIG animals!

JJ and Casper both take a 42. JJ's bigger than Casper, but Casper has a large barrel.

I always buy girths with elastic on both ends, so they stretch farther than their actual length. Which is why JJ and Casper can wear the same girth.

If you can, measure the horse. Place the saddle and pad on the horse, and using a tape measure, measure from the 3rd hole on one side of the saddle's billet strap, under the horse's belly, and up to the 3rd hole on the other side. That should give you a fairly decent idea of the girth size.

Different saddles take different size girths. Dressage saddles for instance, always take shorter girths because the billets are lower.
    10-07-2010, 11:46 AM
Green Broke
Alright :)

Wish I knew for sure. Kinda want to guess a 42 and if it doesn't fit I can return it I suppose. I just want to buy it all at once right now. I can't make it out there till this evening. I will just wing it and if it's the wrong size then that really sucks but I am sure it will fit :)

I just spent practically $75 O.O

Here is what I bought my pony.

Roma Ecole Suede Heart Embroidered Pad (S): Saddles Tack Horse Supplies - ChickSaddlery.com -in purple

English Fleece Girth: Saddles Tack Horse Supplies - ChickSaddlery.com

Safe Guard Wormer: Saddles Tack Horse Supplies - ChickSaddlery.com..- gotta keep those insides clean!


Elastic Leg Straps for Blankets: Saddles Tack Horse Supplies - ChickSaddlery.com
    10-07-2010, 11:52 AM
I like Roma pads; they're well made and should last just about forever if you take care of them.

I notice you bought fenbendazole. This is the time of year to get rid of tapeworms, so I would have gotten Zimectrin Gold instead of the SafeGuard. You can always put that dewormer away for now, but if you want to use it, there's certainly no harm.

The fleece girth is nice, but I notice it has elastic only on one end. I prefer elastic on both ends, so I can tighten the girth evenly on both sides. Certainly nothing wrong with it, I'm just voicing my preference.

I take it you already have the blanket, and just need leg straps?

Yes, buying horse related things is very expensive. Which is why I take good care of my tack. Can't afford to replace it!
    10-07-2010, 11:59 AM
Green Broke
I ALMOST bought that dewormer-sorry..expressing myself-
Well I guess I can just put it away or just use it....probably put it away and buy the other wormer...oh well.

I saw that Roma was very popular and I liked the look of that one. Oh and yes,I do have the blanket but no leg straps. I bought it used.

Thanks for the help SR.

Gee,now I feel poor! Gidget has presents now but not the kind she likes =D
    10-07-2010, 12:07 PM
Laugh! Mine would prefer food presents. They're never impressed by tack, dewormer, or blankets.

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