I am just curious why back in the olden' days very few riders rode with saddle pads. It seems like from the eighties and before then, all riders rode without. About 25 years ago when my mother purchased a saddle from a saddle shop they reccomended her not to use a saddle pad, it was better to let the sweat soften the leather so it will mold to the horses back. I have always been curious to why they didn't use them then, but they do now. It seems like saddle pads provide no padding or protection (other than absorbing moisture) from the saddle as they are mostly just thin cloth.