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    04-09-2010, 06:42 AM
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Originally Posted by Alwaysbehind    
Maybe that is what is most comfortable for the horse.
yeah I agree, they proably are more comfortable for a lighter boned horse than a thin cotton numnah
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    04-09-2010, 08:58 PM
The most important factor is a properly fitted saddle. Nothing is more comfortable for a horse than that important factor.

If you have too wide of a saddle and cannot get a properly fitted saddle at the time, then adding a half pad to add xtra horse, will work for a short time basis. That was the purpose of a 1/2 pad - to make a wide saddle fit better.

If you already have a properly fitted saddle, and use only a 1/2 pad, that's fine - but if you are using a regular pad and then adding a thick 1/2 pad into the mix is only doing harm than good.

As already stated, 1/2 pads are a fad.
    04-10-2010, 12:07 AM
Originally Posted by MIEventer    
If you already have a properly fitted saddle, and use only a 1/2 pad, that's fine - but if you are using a regular pad and then adding a thick 1/2 pad into the mix is only doing harm than good.
I have a properly fitted expensive saddle in a light color. When I school my horse on hot summer days he sweats up. In fact, he sweats up so much that it soaks into the panels of my saddle, leaving an ugly sweat stain on them. A master saddler has fitted my saddle and seen my horse move in it, it is the closest thing to custom. Because I paid out of my own pocket for my saddle which was not by any means cheap, I want to protect my investment from ugly sweat marks. The master saddler's suggestion was to toss a half-pad under it. My half-pad has in no way affected the fit of my saddle, it still fits my horse wonderfully, but it is a layer between my boy's sweaty back and my saddle. I chuck it in the washing machine.
Would I ride without it? Yep. Would I ride without it when my horse is going to sweat? Nope. Is it harmful to my horse? Confirmed by master saddler to be a big old nope!
    04-12-2010, 12:55 AM
I see where you're coming from, kmacdougal, and where Eventer is coming from...
And now it bugs me that some of the horses at the barn I used to ride at required more than one half pad, plus those little 'bumper pads' every day, just because the saddles didn't fit right.
    04-12-2010, 02:04 AM
The only time a half pad gets on my horse's back is when my trainer is using a cir single(sp?) on him for ground line work so it doesn't rub his back unevenly. If your saddle fits correctly a half pad will only decrease the quality of a fit, and no pad can hide a poorly-fit saddle.
    04-12-2010, 09:05 AM
I use a fleece half pad with a baby pad underneath(so sweat doesn't get on the fleece) when schooling and a fitted pad when showing. It's what he seems most comfortable in and I don't think it's to bulky under the saddle
    04-12-2010, 10:53 AM
I use a half pad on both of my boys bc they are difficult to fit, they have somewhat wide backs with skinny, tall withers so I have a thicker half pad for Swoop and a thinner half pad for Petey. It helps make the saddle fit for both of them and they both are very happy and there is no uneven pressure points so that is what I wear at the shows but it doesnt really matter for me since right now im only doing jumper and soon some eventing shows.

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