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Use of Saddle Pads

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    02-08-2010, 12:26 AM

Its to prevent the saddle from rubbing the horses' skin raw while riding =

Exactly what I think! Riding without a saddle pad, wouldn't it pinch or rub on the horses back? I always thought the thicker saddle pad the better. I HATE the thought of riding without one..
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    02-08-2010, 12:28 AM
Wouldn't it bring out the bad side of your horse while riding, like with a bad fitting saddle?

Do some horses go better without one? Wow! I might have a go with my TB !

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    02-08-2010, 11:35 PM
Yeah, I have a very old hunt saddle that is VERY close contact. I rode my QH in it without a pad and was very impressed. Without a pad it felt so close contact. It felt like I going bareback, but still have the sercurity and comfort of a saddle. On my newer hunt saddle, which is a cloase contact with much thicker leather, I didn't see to much in a change of contact feel. Same goes for my newer dressage saddle. But yeah, you should try it, I prefer without better.
    02-08-2010, 11:48 PM
I only use one to keep my saddle clean... My saddle would be disgusting if not since my horse tends to sweat a lot.
However when I first got my saddle I did an initial break in period without a saddle pad so that his sweat/etc would help mold the saddle to the shape of his back better (as per the company's recommendation)
    02-10-2010, 04:33 PM
Here is a tid-bit of trivia for everyone on the subject! Did you know that up until 1955, saddles were only made to fit the rider, and not the horse? Very little consideration was given to a horses back on the show circuit. Perhaps that is why around the 80's no saddle pads were used, because at that point, saddles were being manufactured for the horses fit. And like someone said before, as saddles get more and more expensive, you want to preserve the leather... And to increase the number of fun and colorful appearal you have for your horse, of course!!
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