Originally Posted by luvs2ride1979
You cannot fix a too-tight saddle with extra pads. It's like putting thick socks on with shoes that are too tight.
As for gel pads, most are worthless. They will trap and even create heat and the gel simply moves away from pressure, so there is no shock absorption or comfort for the horse with a saddle that doesn't fit just perfectly.
Adding any sort of extra padding weather it be an extra saddle pad, towel, gel pad, half pad, etc. to a saddle that is already to tight is only going to make the fot worse. Remember padding makes it thicker underneath the saddle, so it will make the fit tigher.
I have to agree with the "gel pads are worthless" comment. I used to be a big time gel pad user and would only use them as an extra pad. However I later learned that the gel pads do become heavy on a horses back, they also get very hot and trap heat as they are not breathable. Now I don't go near gel pads - I use sheepskin half pads instead. They are soft and light and very breathable.
If you are wanting to use extra padding you might want to think about getting your saddle fitted with the extra padding so it isn't to tight for your horse. My QH doesn't care how he is ridden, but my TB who is sensitive prefers the extra padding. With him I use a square saddle pad, half pad, and then my saddle. I got my saddle fitted with the extra padding so that it is the perfect fit. Just a thought!