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    11-08-2010, 12:40 PM
Green Broke
English saddle pad making questions!

I know there are a couple people floating around that make their own saddle pads, so I have a few questions.

Since I have such an unusual combination of colors (brown and pink) I have decided to make my own. My first question is does anybody know what the bottom material (the part that faces the horse) usually is? I know its sometimes a fleece like material, but it seems like it would have to be a little tougher than fleece.

Also do you think using fleece as the top material would be too warm to use year around?

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    11-08-2010, 01:32 PM
Are these English or Western? I have made English A/p pads in the past, and have used a cotton blend fabric for the back that is already quilted. I got it at Joann Fabrics. Then whatever cotton, flannel or fleece you want on top. I then used the nylon webbing for the keepers that go around the billets, and a wide folded bias tape around the edges. The kind that comes in the packages. You can also get piping that way also, if you want to add that. I also partially open a piece of the bias tape and sew it down the center. Holds all the fabrics in place if you are not quilting it together.
I really wouldn't use fleece myself. It has a tendency to stretch and be hard to work with, imo, plus, it picks up every stray piece of hay, etc, which I would thich could get under the saddle. I also don;t think it would be absorbent at all.

I have had great fun with this over the years, and have pads for all seasons-just for fun!
    11-08-2010, 03:25 PM
Same as franknbeans...I used plain, cotton fabric for the bottom. Helps wick moisture and is easy to wash up!
    11-08-2010, 05:53 PM
Green Broke
It would english. I plan to quilt the pad to keep the stuffing inside in place, but you think that would too hard with fleece? I've only worked with it once and that was to make one of those easy-peasy tie blankets!! This particular pad (I have plans for several!) would be only for xc, so I am not too worried about it collecting dirt.

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