English half pads, why does everyone have them?

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    01-20-2011, 01:46 AM
English half pads, why does everyone have them?

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.
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    01-20-2011, 01:57 AM
I always use one. I don't have a custom fit saddle and I just like to be careful. My friend has her saddles custom fit to include spacing for half pads.
    01-20-2011, 02:01 AM
So you like to use one for some extra cushioning basically? Do you still get a feel for your horse when using one?
    01-20-2011, 02:24 AM
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.
    01-20-2011, 08:45 AM
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.
    01-20-2011, 09:37 AM
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.
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    01-20-2011, 11:05 AM
Green Broke
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 :)

That was random rambling..
    01-20-2011, 11:22 AM
Because they look good! I love them! And I need to use them because my horse is so narrow it is hard to find a saddle to fit her perfect.

    01-20-2011, 11:25 AM
Green Broke
Originally Posted by Sarahandlola    
Because they look good! I love them! And I need to use them because my horse is so narrow it is hard to find a saddle to fit her perfect.

I like your saddle pad
    01-20-2011, 11:45 AM
Green Broke
Most halfpads aren't all that thick, there is a roll around them that makes them look really thick when your saddle is on.

I use a Thinline shimmable pad with one of my horses as my saddle dips forward a teeny bit on her and I use a sheepskin one with my 4yr old to give him some extra cushioning.

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