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    06-23-2011, 02:16 AM
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Okay, so because I can't lift a Western saddle onto Aires' back (especially not the big old-school Western saddles that weigh a ton that the BO loans out), the trainer has generously offered to let me use her extra (old) AP English saddle. It's a perfect fit for me and it looks like it's going to be a perfect fit for Aires. YAY! She has a fleece pad to go under it, but asked that I put some kind of pad or blanket under the fleece to keep it from getting dirty. Fair enough. Problem is that I live in an area where English riding isn't that popular, so only one tack store in town carries any English tack and they are ridiculously overpriced (even on their Western gear!). So, I was thinking of either borrowing a saddle blanket (old school Indian blanket type) from the BO, or just going to Walmart and buying one of their cheap $10 saddle blankets. Would this work or would I need to get an actual English pad? We're just trail riding, not trying to win any beauty contests (Aires could do that on his own regardless of what kind of tack I put him in ).
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    06-23-2011, 08:04 AM
Does Walmart sell saddle blankets? Never heard of it.

Personally I'd get a real one with straps to hold it in place.
    06-23-2011, 09:34 AM
Just do what was the in look for so many years. Put a Navajo type rug under the fleece. And yes, the cheap scrap/Navajo rugs from Walmart will work fine.

I just looked at way too many google images and I can not find one. Darn being out of fashion. Hopefully some one will have a photo of them hacking back when it was fashionable.
    06-23-2011, 10:23 AM
Navajo type rugs were popular under English saddles? When? I must have missed that particular fad.....

Drafty you don't have to buy an actual saddle pad, as any thin material should do. I like saddle pads though, since they have the girth and billet straps to help keep the pad in place.
    06-23-2011, 10:26 AM
Originally Posted by Speed Racer    
Navajo type rugs were popular under English saddles? When? I must have missed that particular fad.....
You missed it because you have never been in the hunter world. You were doing saddle seat or such back then.

You put a Navajo rug under your white fleece pad. Now days they use baby pads and Mattes pads in the same way. Obviously this was just for hacking/schooling, not for showing.
    06-23-2011, 10:36 AM
Oh, that makes sense. Yes, I wasn't into the hunter scene at all, and of course at shows they used regular show pads.
    06-23-2011, 10:45 AM
I remember that well, AB. A big lesson barn with a collegiate riding program near me was the first place I saw that. The had a *huge* stack of the el cheapo Navajos in their tack room. Bump pads, wither pads, etc., were customized to the horse, but everybody used a Navajo, topped by the fleece.

I adopted the cheapo Navajos without the fleece pads for my on lesson program based on the logic that they had four clean sides and therefore had to be washed much less often. I still have a stack of them to this day. I also have about 20 Canterbury white fleece show pads that fit a 16.5" close contact if anybody wants them. They don't really fit my current 18" big ass AP saddle.

Sorry, AB, I don't have photos either.
    06-23-2011, 10:54 AM
I am glad I am not the only one who remembers that phase.

And yes, four clean sides for sure!
    06-23-2011, 10:22 PM
Kitten_Val, they aren't a common item most Walmarts carry. There are two Walmarts in my town and only one (of course the one further away!) sells them.

I'm going to see how much the navajo rugs are at Walmart. If they're really cheap, I'll get one. I have found some really nice saddle pads on eBay, as well. We'll see which is cheaper. I might try riding with the navajo rug (my friend has one I can borrow for a little while, at least) and see what I think first.
    06-24-2011, 08:38 AM
Originally Posted by DraftyAiresMum    
kitten_Val, they aren't a common item most Walmarts carry. There are two Walmarts in my town and only one (of course the one further away!) sells them.
You live in good place then! I've never seen navajo rugs in my local Walmarts. Actually bunch of stuff - I have to order on-line from there sometime.

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