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?
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!
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!
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.