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post #21 of 28 Old 09-09-2013, 10:44 AM
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*Update* she has been doing very good. I have had her for two months and I am able to ride her in the corral without a saddle and bridle. I am only using feet and voice cues. She has been doing very well! Got her hooves all nice and pretty. Soft fur and she is doing very well! We trust each other like mad.
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Nice to hear an update. Would love to see updated photos of your girl. I purchased a mare years ago from a trainer that said the mare was nuts. She was very very hot and maybe a bit unpredictable. The first day I had her she bit me in the butt and literally lifted me up off the ground. It took awhile but I spent hours with her daily and finally, we bonded. Once we bonded, there was nothing I couldn't do with that horse. It is one of the traits I most love about Saddlebreds and will continue to love about them.
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post #22 of 28 Old 09-14-2013, 02:36 PM Thread Starter
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post #23 of 28 Old 09-14-2013, 03:06 PM
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Umm... if that horse was ridden like she is tacked up in the last picture, I'd say she's a saint.

That saddle pad is way too far back and isn't an appropriate saddle pad to use with that saddle.
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post #24 of 28 Old 09-14-2013, 03:15 PM
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She looks good, but I would probably use a different pad under that saddle. Its too far back and because it only fits under part of the flap, could create pressure points. You sound like you want the best for her and are doing really well with her, I wouldn't want her to get sore and backslide some of that progress.
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post #25 of 28 Old 09-15-2013, 11:38 AM Thread Starter
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Ya sorry I just noticed the saddle pad. This picture is back when I first got it and it was heavy so I think it slipped back. But it was the saddle pad that came with the saddle and that Aussie saddle has so much padding and fits her nice that I do not worry about it too much. She seems to ride way better then with my western saddle that I think she is comfortable
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post #26 of 28 Old 09-15-2013, 12:01 PM Thread Starter
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Umm... if that horse was ridden like she is tacked up in the last picture, I'd say she's a saint.

That saddle pad is way too far back and isn't an appropriate saddle pad to use with that saddle.
Umm.. I just read up on it, and, well, it says a saddle should fit without a saddle pad and it is only used to keep sweat and dirt off the saddle. So if I put a thicker pad on it wouldn't fit her. Yes this saddle pad is too far back and I do not let that happen anymore. What I read the saddle pad will work fine. Best to have the actual aussie saddle pads but a thin western one will work.
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Umm.. I just read up on it, and, well, it says a saddle should fit without a saddle pad and it is only used to keep sweat and dirt off the saddle. So if I put a thicker pad on it wouldn't fit her. Yes this saddle pad is too far back and I do not let that happen anymore. What I read the saddle pad will work fine. Best to have the actual aussie saddle pads but a thin western one will work.
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I NEVER said a *thicker* pad. That is one very thick pad already! The problem is that in addition to the pad being way too far back, it only comes down half of the length of the flaps. So half of the flap is padded and then wham, zero padding for the rest of the flap which will cause pressure and pain for the horse.

Western pads are not compatible with an Australian saddle because of the flaps on the saddle. You'd be way better off with a dressage pad which would accommodate and pad those flaps.

Just because you "read" something doesn't make it valid, especially since you read a THIN Western pad and that one isn't even remotely thin.
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post #28 of 28 Old 09-15-2013, 02:28 PM
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Typically, a "thin western pad" is a navajo blanket, which actually COULD be folded in such a way to accommodate the flap length of that saddle. But yes, that pad is doing more damage than good. You'd be better off using a fluffy bath towel folded properly than that thick pad, if that's the only option you have. It may have been the pad you were given with the saddle, but it most definitely isn't appropriate to use with it. I would look for other options if I were you. Pads do not have to be expensive, but they do need to fit the saddle.

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