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post #1 of 34 Old 04-08-2013, 07:41 PM Thread Starter
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girth to cinch size converion? + western saddle pads?

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
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Maybe a 30-32.. Depends.

For trail riding people will use a 'saddle blanket' a thin blanket with typically Navajo patterns on it-- then put a pad on top. I wouldnt do that for barrel racing just to avoid slippages.

That pad is for a 'round skirt' barrel saddle-- that saddle is a 'square skirt' i would go for a pad that is nice and comfortable, doesnt slip, looks nice, and fits the saddle correct.. looks dont matter AS much since barrelracing aint judged by looks but by fastest time run.
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My little bay horse is not a whole bigger than your horse and I use a 28" or 26" cinch.
As for picking a pad for your saddle I would wait until you got it and set it on her without a pad and see what might work the best. You might have to experiment a little with pad and blanket combos it would be great if you had a friend with pads and blankets you can try.

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Maybe a 30-32.. Depends.

For trail riding people will use a 'saddle blanket' a thin blanket with typically Navajo patterns on it-- then put a pad on top. I wouldnt do that for barrel racing just to avoid slippages.

That pad is for a 'round skirt' barrel saddle-- that saddle is a 'square skirt' i would go for a pad that is nice and comfortable, doesnt slip, looks nice, and fits the saddle correct.. looks dont matter AS much since barrelracing aint judged by looks but by fastest time run.
hahah, whoops. somehow I failed to notice that? I guess I'm too excited to finally have a barrel saddle again

So, I don't necessarily need to put a saddle blanket underneath the thicker pad?
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hahah, whoops. somehow I failed to notice that? I guess I'm too excited to finally have a barrel saddle again

So, I don't necessarily need to put a saddle blanket underneath the thicker pad?

lol, totally understandable.


Nah-- i wouldnt put a blanket under a pad for barrel racing. All you really need is just a pad.

Just throwin it out there-- i cant stand felt pads, or pads with the silky-ish material on the top. Ive noticed they make the saddle more subject to slippin and rollin.. i like a nice flece pad-- the neoprene pads are nice too. :)

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lol, totally understandable.


Nah-- i wouldnt put a blanket under a pad for barrel racing. All you really need is just a pad.

Just throwin it out there-- i cant stand felt pads, or pads with the silky-ish material on the top. Ive noticed they make the saddle more subject to slippin and rollin.. i like a nice flece pad-- the neoprene pads are nice too. :)
Good you mention that actually. My mare has always been prone to having saddle "slippage", no matter the saddle she's in. I prefer fleece anyway
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Good you mention that actually. My mare has always been prone to having saddle "slippage", no matter the saddle she's in. I prefer fleece anyway
I found a neoprene girth helps and having a chestcollar ensures it wont spin all the way around on ya, lol.

is your horse a quarter?
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I found a neoprene girth helps and having a chestcollar ensures it wont spin all the way around on ya, lol.

is your horse a quarter?
ended up finding a fleece lined girth (30" ..or 32", can't remember), she gets rubs with anything other than fleece or sheepskin

And no, she is Arab/Welsh Cob type =)
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I wouldn't ride with two pads--a pad and a blanket, unless I was in an equitation class, and then I'd put the plain pad underneath and cover it with a thin, fancier blanket on top. The first time we rode 5 miles x-country, I had to retrieve the extra pad I was riding with bc it slipped off en route. Unless you are riding English, with a pad that has a velcro or other loop which attaches around the billets, any extra padding is vulnerable to slip.

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Thin pad with the Navajo pattern UNDER the thicker pad? Never heard that one. I have typically seen the "thin" pads, on TOP of the thick pad mostly for looks. Why else do the Mayatex( for example) come in so many colors? Certainly not to be covered by a thick pad.

Personally, I have a 5 star pad (which comes in barrel shape also) and if I want "pretty", I out one of my fancy "thin" pads on top. I would not use a pad like you picture on my horse. I just believe totally in 100% pure wool pads (mine is 3/4") that will breathe, absorb sweat and be comfortable for the horse.
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