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        10-01-2010, 09:20 AM
      #41
    Green Broke
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    Originally Posted by Alwaysbehind    
    Again, I agree that the OP should use a saddle pad. I do not agree that it is a scream worthy "requirement".

    Agreed 100%. When someone is new and still learning, screaming at them is not the way to teach them, nor are threats and getting vicious and telling them they are hurting their horses. A little kindness can go a long ways, folks.

    Moore77, I love Appys. Absolutely adore them. I never "meant" Appys to become my heart breed, it just kind of happened. It's the personality that does it for me - they have an excess of it. They certainly make me laugh more than any other horses I've owned (I've owned mostly Appys, but have had several other breeds as well), and IME they are more expressive horses - that can be both good and bad. I think of them as the drama queens of the horse world. They will make it undoubtedly clear when they like something, but they will be just as clear when they don't. They sometimes take a little more finesse to handle than some other stock breeds, and some can be harder or take longer to bond to. But overall I find having an Appy very rewarding, when they DO bond to you they will give you their guts.

    This is not to say these details are totally unique and limited to among the Appy breed, or to say that all Appys are like this - this is my personal experience with the Appys I have owned.
         
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        10-01-2010, 09:32 AM
      #42
    Showing
    Enough has been said about the use of capitals, folks. Let's get on topic.
         
        10-01-2010, 09:37 AM
      #43
    Foal
    Thanks guys. I did feel really bad about not using a saddle pad. But didnt' really know it was a huge deal. Won't happen again, I have no intentions of hurting my baby Allie. :) But it's good to hear that it wasnt' a huge deal. I was a bit worried about it. Thanks for all the info on Appys :)
         
        10-01-2010, 11:20 AM
      #44
    Showing
    Moores, the use of a saddle pad of appropriate thickness is necessary under a Western saddle. The fleece lining on a Western saddle is not sufficient to protect a horse's back - that isn't the purpose. English or even Australian saddles, on the other hand, can be used without a pad. If unsure about it due to conflicting opinions here, check with a saddle maker or a reputable tack shop but you will find that they all agree about the use of a pad.
         
        10-01-2010, 12:09 PM
      #45
    Trained
    I've never thought twice about using a pad with my saddles, english or western...yes, english could be used with out one, but a western saddle, no so much...

    That "could" be why those other horses reacted so badly to being ridden as well; I honestly can't see how even a properly fit western saddle would be remotely comfortable for a horse; too much bulk, and too much surface area without alot of padding.

    I agree with perhaps consulting a saddle fitter, or maker about the topic, as they will have the most accurate and unbiased opinion of the matter.
         
        10-01-2010, 12:10 PM
      #46
    Green Broke
    I thought we were asked to get back on topic?
         
        10-01-2010, 12:54 PM
      #47
    Showing
    My reply was in response to #43 by the OP. When I suggested we get on topic, it went directly to the "discussion" about screaming and the use of capital in regards to posting.

    As you know, any thread takes on a life of it's own and one thing leads to another. That has nothing to do with coming down on a member for whatever reason - which was the purpose of post #42 - just to clarify things for you Indyhorse.
         
        10-01-2010, 06:47 PM
      #48
    Foal
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    Originally Posted by mom2pride    
    I've never thought twice about using a pad with my saddles, english or western...yes, english could be used with out one, but a western saddle, no so much...

    That "could" be why those other horses reacted so badly to being ridden as well; I honestly can't see how even a properly fit western saddle would be remotely comfortable for a horse; too much bulk, and too much surface area without alot of padding.

    I agree with perhaps consulting a saddle fitter, or maker about the topic, as they will have the most accurate and unbiased opinion of the matter.
    When I rode the "other" horses they had a saddle pad on. This is the only time i've EVER ridden without one.
         

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