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post #1 of 13 Old 12-07-2010, 12:32 AM Thread Starter
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Question English pads?

I just recently bought a Collegiate senior event saddle. Fits my horse WONDERFULLY and I love it, too! Problem is, My horse is built slightly downhill so my saddle is lower in the front and pushing me forward a bit. I don't feel secure. I tried putting a little piece of foam in the front for a temporary fix and it feels better. Is there any type of pad that I can buy to lift the front but not alter the fit of my saddle to the point where it is too narrow for my horse?

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Perhaps a pad with shims. It's very important to be sure that there aren't any "edges" where something that is used to lift the front end suddenly stops... it needs to taper as much as it can. Thinline pads are known for helping to distribute pressure points more evenly, so I would suggest looking into these before you add too many correcting pads. Unfortunately the best options also tend to be the most pricey.

Here's something you might consider looking at:
Dover Saddlery | Mattes Quilt Correction Half Pad .

In this case since you need a bit more lift in the front, you would be removing the shims in the back half of the pad and keeping the ones in front.

If I were in your position, I would put my pads on in the following order:
1. basic quilted pad (such as the red one in your pictures)
2. thinline half pad like so: Dover Saddlery | Ultra Thinline Half Pad .
3. correctional pad with shims in front (such as the one I linked earlier in the post)

Not cheap... but it's my idea of what would be the most effective while preserving your horse's comfort.
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Perhaps a pad with shims. It's very important to be sure that there aren't any "edges" where something that is used to lift the front end suddenly stops... it needs to taper as much as it can. Thinline pads are known for helping to distribute pressure points more evenly, so I would suggest looking into these before you add too many correcting pads. Unfortunately the best options also tend to be the most pricey.

Here's something you might consider looking at:
Dover Saddlery | Mattes Quilt Correction Half Pad .

In this case since you need a bit more lift in the front, you would be removing the shims in the back half of the pad and keeping the ones in front.

If I were in your position, I would put my pads on in the following order:
1. basic quilted pad (such as the red one in your pictures)
2. thinline half pad like so: Dover Saddlery | Ultra Thinline Half Pad .
3. correctional pad with shims in front (such as the one I linked earlier in the post)

Not cheap... but it's my idea of what would be the most effective while preserving your horse's comfort.
Thanks :) Might be a while before I get one though!
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Your ideal solution would be to have the stuffing in the rear of the saddle adjusted to make the seat lower on your horse. If you don't have a saddle fitter/repair shop in your area, you can take pictures and send your saddle off to be adjusted.

I would NOT recommend over padding your horse. Your saddle "just barely" fits him as it is. If you add too many pads underneath, you risk causing other fitting problems like pinching or bridging.

If you want to use a pad to help your issue and don't want to spend a ton, I would recommend the Wintec Front Riser pad. The foam isn't terribly thick and it's relatively shock absorbing & "squishy."
, , at Stitching Horse Saddlery

If you use a correctional pad, do NOT get one that is sheepskin lined or otherwise "thick" without the shims added. If you get a correction pad with shims, you want something like this:
Dover Saddlery | Mattes Quilt Correction Half Pad .
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If you want a correction pad that's going to really protect your horse's back too, you might consider a ThinLine Trifecta pad with the rear inserts. ThinLine Trifecta All Cotton Half Pads - St. Croix Saddlery
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ThinLine Trifecta Rear Inserts - St. Croix Saddlery

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Hey, we both agree the Mattes Half Pad is a good one. ^_^

Yes, I didn't make it clear earlier but I also think it is always better to avoid too much extra bulk under the saddle... that's why I like the Thinline pads coupled with that Mattes (as opposed to a similar correction pad with sheepskin and such), because as their name suggests, they are thin.
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I just wished the Mattes pad was more affordable. It doesn't even have sheepskin for goodness sakes! lol
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Yes, the prices on decent tack frequently seems rather... exorbitant.
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I use one of thesepads made by Cashel to rise up my cantle, but this is the reverse to raise the pommel. I have tried several products, and I particularly like this one the best - it forms really nicely, its low maintenance and has a very gradual incline. I find some of the pads give way too much lift and I feel this is a happy medium for me. Not sure if any tack stores in your area would supply these though.
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