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        02-08-2010, 02:32 PM
    I'm sorry if I confused you but contour pads should be white, not brown.

    Raised means that there's and extra "chunk" of leather on top, giving it a fanceier look than that of normal flat leather.
    And stitched just means decorative stitching.
    Its all to look fancier, no other real reason or anything that you should worry about.

    Ps, sorry if I'm spelling wrong, my blackberry won't let me see what I'm typing
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        02-09-2010, 12:31 AM
    Haha no prob I was a little confused that I couldnt find a brown one. I am definitely. Going to buy used as much as possible.
        02-10-2010, 01:00 PM
    Yes I think you should definatley try it I have been riding english al;l of my life and I love it! It might take you a week or two to getinto it though but when you do youll love it! Borrow a englissh saddle and bridle
        02-14-2010, 11:01 PM
        02-28-2010, 10:27 PM
    Bump again!
        03-01-2010, 11:22 AM
    Um, you keep bumping this thread but why?
        03-01-2010, 07:34 PM
    I am bumping to see if anyone has anymore input.
    As far as sizing for english saddles is it the same as western?
        03-04-2010, 08:00 AM
    Originally Posted by Tasia    
    I am bumping to see if anyone has anymore input.
    As far as sizing for english saddles is it the same as western?
    Nope, sizing is a little different for the rider. For English, measure from the center of the cantle down to one of the rivets on the side of the pommel (it doesn't matter which side). That measurement is the rider's size. As a general rule, the English saddle will measure about 2 inches bigger than your current western saddle to be comparable. Still, sit in it if possible and make sure that it is comfortable in that size. A tack store employee can probably help you somewhat with finding your size if you need help.

    As far as brown vs. black tack, unless you're showing it doesn't matter what color, purely personal preference. Unless you're showing dressage, brown is definitely preferred. Probably the most standard color of brown tack is havana, and that color is fairly easy to match even across brands. Oakbark is pretty common, too, and is a brighter shade of brown.

    Pads: Again, if you're not showing, its up to you. If you are showing, there are some unspoken "rules". In the jumper ring, a square cut pad is fine, even with some color depending on the size of the show. In the hunter ring, even on the flat, you want a shaped white pad, either sheepskin or faux sheepskin. I like the synthetic to show with just because it's whiter. The off-white of the real stuff contrasts too much with all my guy's white, and something always looks dirty . I wouldn't put 2 pads on at once, no matter what the cut. That can mess with the fit of the saddle, and you run into the same kinds of problems as overpadding a western saddle. It's kind of a fad to over pad right now, at least in my area. Makes me cringe to see people riding with a western blanket under a schooling pad under a shaped pad under a saddle.
        03-04-2010, 09:23 AM
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        03-06-2010, 02:03 PM
    Welcome to the other side.
    The saddle must fit the horse - you can only borrow a saddle if it fits the horse.
    The saddle must also fit you and you must feel comfortable in it - there is not much of it. So you can borrow it: (1) if it fits the horse and (2) you.
    The sizes Western are different from sizes English.

    Riding in constant contact is an acquired skill but once you get the knack it gives better control - in the opinion of those of us who ride English.

    And yes, please wear a riding hat - always. It is easier to fall off an English cut saddle.

    But please please, make sure that you have a few lessons at the very beginning from a qualified English instructor who can show you how to sit properly in the saddle. If you just get on, the chances are you won't sit upright and balanced then you will have to unlearn before you can relearn to sit properly.

    Welcome to the club

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