Ok so I have been noticing lately that almost any international competitor in the (english) equine world has been using a big fluffy half pad. I have seen this in jumpers and dressage as well. I thought that the use of half pads in addition to a regular pad was for a horse that didn't have correct saddle fit, sore back, etc. Is there a use for these that I am not aware of? And why are all the pro's using them? Thank for any answers in advance I am just very curious about this.
Pretty much. I can still feel my horse just fine. I have almost always ridden with them, so I have gotten used to it. Riding with a well fitted saddle and a normal saddle pad can never be "replaced", though.
Actually many competitors are using really thin half-pads like Thinline or "build-in" pads (again Thinline, Skito, and I've seen some others). If you have a good fitting saddle you really don't want all that extra bulk under it.
You might see upper level rifers using them because they don't have a saddle for every horse. They have their saddles ( I know lesley law has 2 jump and 2 dressage saddles that he uses on all his horses) that they have to make do with. Posted via Mobile Device
My mama has one!
It's actually attached to her dressage saddle..it's by mattes?..I think that's the brand. It's really squishy!
I went to go check her english saddle fit yesterday that she got.It's made in Ireland and the lady said it was a wide/full quarter and it turned out to be a medium/wide. Soo disappointed :( I think it's by bently brothers is the brand.
Better to have a proper fitting saddle though :)