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post #1 of 7 Old 04-26-2011, 01:33 PM Thread Starter
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Fleece girth and saddle pad

I need to buy a new girth and contoured saddle pad and I'm seeing a lot of fleece lined girths and pads . Does the fleece make them hotter/ sweaty? or would I be better off buying a web or leather girth and a quilted saddle pad?
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post #2 of 7 Old 04-26-2011, 01:37 PM
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Does your saddle fit? If so you don't need fleece pad. As for girth - matter of taste (but keeping it clean is very tough, I personally use neoprene Pro-Choice).

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I too prefer neoprene. Easier to keep clean and I think they like it more. The question I do have for you is are you riding western or english? I think that would help to know since each has its own taste and preference on what works.
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my saddle fits. I ride hunter/jumper. If my saddle fits correctly, will fleece mess with the fit? Because currently I have a fleece top pad with a quilted under layer that I have not used yet.
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If my saddle fits correctly, will fleece mess with the fit?
Yes. I did research while back and everything I could find was saying added bulkiness (of the fleece) is a no-no IF the saddle is a nice fit. If you just want more protection for the horse's back you can look into Thinline (or I believe Skito). No bulkiness, but added shock absorption.

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I personally like fleece girths over leather ones. i think they breath much better then leather and they even come in CoolMax these days. Honestly though, when it's hot it's going to be hot regardless of what it's made of.

I'll probably get flamed for saying this but I don't think most fleece pads add so much bulk that it completely alters the fit of your saddle. But then again my saddles have to fit with a fleece pad (for shows) and I school every horse in a half pad/square pad so maybe my saddle is a touch wide.
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I have a nylon fleece lined girth that I can throw in the washing machine and hang up to dry. My TB will sometimes get rubs with a leather girth and I am not a big fan of neoprene ones. And as for the pad, most shaped hunter girths arent that thick. If you are really worried, I know Dover carries a hunter show pad that is pretty much like a baby pad but the trim looks like regular fleece. I have one, it also comes with a companion half pad.

Dover Saddlery | Wither Back Companion Saddle Pad .

I don't know why the description says it is foam filled with an opening at the whiters because it doesn't.

If your saddle fits your horse you should still be fine with a typical fleece show pad like this one

Dover Saddlery | Medallion Double Fleece Saddle Pad .
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