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post #1 of 11 Old 07-30-2008, 06:47 AM Thread Starter
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English saddle questions: pads and girth.

Sorry it sounds somewhat stupid, but... 2 questions..

1) There are 3 belts (whatever it's called) to attach the girth on english saddle. Which one should I use? I mean I use the closest to the withers one, what about the other one - mid one or the side one?

2) How many pads people usually use? I have thin square pad and the waffle pad (this one: http://www.horse.com/English-Tack/En...Pad-EIM16.html)
Is it too much? Also what do you think about that waffle pad (have anyone bought it too)?

Thanks in advance!
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1) if your saddle has 3 leathers to attatch the girth to, use all of them. Im presuming it only has two, so really you should have a girth with only 2 buckles, but it will be ok if you just leave out the middle one.

2) I don't think those 2 pads will be a problem, it may be kinda unnessesary to use the thin one with the thick, the thick one should be fine by its self, but I don't think it will be to thick if you use both.

Hope this helped :)
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Originally there were three billets so that if one broke out in the hunting field, you'd have a back up. Doesn't matter which two you use, use the same two on both sides--I always used the 1rst and 3rd.

2 pads is o.k. These days--back when I was a kid, I swear everyone just used one--but I was never in a showing barn or anything.
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Re: English saddle questions: pads and girth.

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Is it too much? Also what do you think about that waffle pad (have anyone bought it too)?

Thanks in advance!
Too thick for my tasts.
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post #5 of 11 Old 07-30-2008, 08:58 AM
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it really doesn't matter which billets you use. Personally, I prefer the first and third.

As for the pads, I really don't like the thickness of the one you posted. I have one that thick, and never use it (used it once for WIHS, and that was it. Never again) If you're using something that thick, you really don't need a square pad.
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I don't think it's too thick, but I don't like the waffle material because it gets saggy.

I also use the first and third billets :)

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Thanks, folks! Can you give any suggestions for the pad, please? Yes, it was my concern - it's too sick together. My neighbor is using something like that though... 8)
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post #8 of 11 Old 07-30-2008, 11:52 AM
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I too use the first and third billets for my girth.

Also, for the saddle pad I would suggest using a thinner square pad with a half pad. That's what I use and I love it!! You can also just use the halfpad by itself but I prefer to put the square pad underneath to keep the half pad in good condition because they can be expensive.
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Good point! Thanks, mudypony!
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post #10 of 11 Old 07-30-2008, 12:13 PM
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I have that waffle pad.

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