Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania
My trainer had told me to never use an English pad with a western saddle and vice versa. The pads are designed for the type of riding/saddle. English pads use the risers/half pads and thin pads where western saddles are much heavier and the trees and bars are different and require the thicker more padded pad to protect the horse's spine and withers as well as relieve pressure. Western saddles are much larger and longer and need the larger pad to protect from the horse's back and relieve pressure points. No part of the saddle should be directly on the horse's back...it should be protected by the pad.
You could always look into the cheapest version of a western pad and go with a western fleece pad and then when the time is right, get a more suitable pad.
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