Can I use these pads with my Western saddle — or which pads to use? - The Horse Forum
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post #1 of 24 Old 07-23-2013, 01:03 AM Thread Starter
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Can I use these pads with my Western saddle — or which pads to use?

Hi there! I'm buying my first Western saddle and need some help with the pad(s). I've been using a Big Horn Cordura that belongs to the owner of the horse I was leasing, and she has a thick felt pad I use with it. I just bought a horse, though, and all I have is English pads, so I'm wondering if I can use my pads, and if not which to get.

The pads I have are this all-purpose trail pad and this half pad.

I'm putting this on my stocky paint, and I want to make sure his back has as much protection as possible. Can I use those pads? Or should I get a felt pad or something else?

Thanks so much in advance :)

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post #2 of 24 Old 07-23-2013, 01:09 AM
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No, don't use English anything under a wester saddle.
My suggestions is a good wool felt pad.
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post #3 of 24 Old 07-23-2013, 01:36 AM Thread Starter
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Ok, then! Simple enough ;)

Would you consider this one a good wool felt pad? Or is it a good idea to buy a more expensive one? Or what about this one?

Would something like this actually be better for him? Or are pads in this price range more of a "more expensive because they can be" kind of thing? I'm a heavy rider, so I want to make sure his back is protected.

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You really can't go wrong with a Diamond Felt pad. They are one of the best quality, affordable felt pads on the market.
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A good fitting saddle and a wool felt pad, and you'll be just fine no matter how hard you ride.

You'll hear 5star I'm sure. Good I'm sure.

Mines Amish made, wife's is diamond wool, and daughter uses em both :/ but her next pad will likely be custom made Amish like mine.
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Another question...assuming whatever saddle I buy fits the horse well, does a more expensive saddle generally mean better for the horse? I want to get a synthetic, and the ones I'm looking at are in the $300-400 range. I assume that excluding really cheap saddles that might have crappy trees, the price generally reflects the quality in terms of looks and durability, rather than impact on the horse. Is that correct? Should a well-fitting $350 saddle be as safe for my horse's back as a $900 saddle with the right fit and right pads?

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A $20 used good fitting saddle is better then a $2000 Ill fitting saddle.

Stop thinking with your wallet.
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Dura-Tech® Support Contoured Pad with Tekno-Dri in Work/Protective at Schneider Saddlery


Here's my favorite everyday saddle pad. Never have hot spots, sore spots or anything with it, no matter how long I ride.

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I get that that fit is the most important thing, but what I'm wondering is whether a an expensive well-fitting saddle is better for your horse than an equally fitted cheap saddle. I don't know anything about what makes a saddle. Do expensive saddles typically have better shock-absorption, trees, etc?

Trust me, I'd rather spend less! I'm just trying to make sure there isn't a good reason to spend more.

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I get that that fit is the most important thing, but what I'm wondering is whether a an expensive well-fitting saddle is better for your horse than an equally fitted cheap saddle. I don't know anything about what makes a saddle. Do expensive saddles typically have better shock-absorption, trees, etc?

Trust me, I'd rather spend less! I'm just trying to make sure there isn't a good reason to spend more.
I would look for a good used saddle from an excellent saddlemaker before I'd buy a new no name saddle. I detest Cordura, don't find they wear well, though they are light and easy to hose off. I came back full circle and now have a custom saddle that weighs quite a bit but it fits the horse and me and will last til the day I die. For that matter, they could bury it with me. It's worth every dime I saved up for it.
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