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!