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post #1 of 6 Old 10-08-2008, 06:48 AM Thread Starter
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English pad - thin is OK?

I'm using cotton pad with build-in half-pad on my paint (very nice thing). However when I used it on my qh I had a feeling the saddle is too narrow for her. Would just cotton pad (no extra build-in, something like that: Riderís International Quilted Cotton English Saddle Pad, English Horse Tack.) be good enough or it's too thin? She's NOT skinny and flat backed.
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post #2 of 6 Old 10-08-2008, 09:36 AM
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A thin blanket is preferred if your saddle fits just right. You only need extra padding if your saddle is too wide, your horse is lacking muscle, or your horse is prone to back soreness.
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post #3 of 6 Old 10-08-2008, 10:53 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks, luv! Actually the saddle fits my paint pretty good too, but I was just afraid to use it without extra-padding, because she doesn't have a flat back (ok, she's just built this way, not skinny ).
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post #4 of 6 Old 10-08-2008, 05:57 PM
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Around here, pretty much everyone uses this pads :)
On an english saddle, the pad is just there to keep the saddle from getting dirty. A few people actually rides without pad at all once in a while if no pads are clean at the moment.

Thick pads or extra things are just used if the saddle doesn't fit like it should.

I believe in western saddles you need a thicker pad since it's built differently.

And under most treeless saddles you definetly need special pads.

But not under english saddles :)

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post #5 of 6 Old 10-08-2008, 10:43 PM
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as long as it fits her back well it should be ok. Technically a saddle should fit well enough that you shouldn't need a pad at all. the only downside is that if she sweats a lot it's going to soak through the pad and stain the bottom side of your saddle.
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post #6 of 6 Old 10-14-2008, 01:38 PM
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Thats the kind of pad i want to get for my STB. He's got a great back, and his saddle fits perfectly for him, im lucky it worked out so well actually, the saddle was free, and its like it was costum made for him. I wanna get a thin pad. I have a contoured pad, and in the winter i put it on over another thicker pad, because i want him to have a touch of extra warmth, but the wider pad is just toooo thick. Pluls in the summer a thin pad will also be great for him

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