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post #1 of 7 Old 05-18-2011, 01:58 PM Thread Starter
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Talking Getting back into English riding...pad question

So I recently purchased an English saddle, but it's been years since I've rode English. When I was in college, my instructor used two pads on her horses but some of the students only used one? Do I need two? Does it depend on my saddle? Or are there just better pads?
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post #2 of 7 Old 05-18-2011, 02:03 PM
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The saddle should fit the horse well without a pad. English saddles that are fitted properly don't need pads.

The only reason to use a pad is to keep the saddle clean, not make a badly fitting saddle fit more comfortably.

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post #3 of 7 Old 05-18-2011, 03:48 PM
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Speed said what I was going to say....

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If it's a good fit one standard pad is enough. However I personally also add thinline on top of it: it doesn't mess with the fit but absorbs the shock still.

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post #5 of 7 Old 05-19-2011, 07:51 AM
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I use either a shaped numnah, or a square saddle cloth under my saddle. It's not to improve the fit or to keep the saddle clean, I always thought putting the saddle on the horse's back was like wearing leather shoes with no socks!

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Yeah I can't imagine a blanket ONLY being for keeping the saddle clean. Good fit or not, I would imagine there is still some rubbing or moving going on. I like Lobelia's idea of shoes without socks...but thanks for all the input!
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I'd like to add that it also depends on the individual horse's back. I have a horse whose saddle fits perfectly (double checked by two fitters who were trying to sell me competing brands, as well as the vet, and two trainers) and he still requires a wool half pad by the vet's orders. Basically, sometimes there's a reason besides an ill fitting saddle. If your horse does not have any medical reasons for two pads, you should be fine.
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