So it has been forever since I have barrel raced/ridden western at all. I used to barrel race my pony (just for fun), but our focus has always been in the english/jumper world. She did love the barrels though. Anyway, I have found my dream barrel saddle and I will be picking it up this weekend. The saddle does not come with a cinch or pads. I have no idea what size cinch to buy ...my mare sizes about a 46" english girth, give or take, in her wide tree Collegiate CC saddle. She's a cob type and fairly stocky, probably 850lbs, and 13.3h.
I am also wondering about saddle pads for barrel saddles. I did take a couple years of western lessons when I was very young and we were always, always told to tack up with a thin pad underneath and then a thick pad on top (sorry, no idea if there's special names for the types?). I have found a thick one that I would really love to order, but I'm just not sure if I can do only the thick pad or if I will need to order a think type to go underneath as well?
The thick pad I plan on ordering,
For anyone curious this is the saddle I will be buying..
Thanks in advance, any help is much appreciated