A SADDLE PAD IS NOT A CHOICE, ITS A REQUIREMENT!!!! Doesnt matter how long your gonna ride for.
The real purpose of a saddle pad is to keep the saddle clean.
If your saddle fits your horse correctly (as it should) a pad is not a requirement. Period.
Or should I say A PAD IS NOT A REQUIREMENT.
Yes, pretty much everyone uses a saddle pad now days.
Certainly not something worth yelling at someone about, especially when you are not 100% accurate.
Indyhorse, in your experience with Appys how are they? What's your opinion on them?
Not Indy but I will give you my opinion.
I own two. They are currently polar opposites personality wise. They are proof that the breed runs the full range of personalities.
One is the type of horse that you would trust putting your elderly grandmother on and know that he would do everything in his power to keep her up there. The type that works to keep his body underneath the beginner rider who is loosing their balance. He is also the type who will give an experienced rider who is trying to make him truly work a run for their money. Yes, he can do it, but he will make you ask correctly before he does.
The other is just ....shall we say....difficult. Fingers crossed that as she ages she will become less difficult.