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        04-19-2013, 04:14 PM
    Originally Posted by Casey02    
    What would be the point of buying a Navaho pad (the pretty one) and put it under the wool pad (the working one), that is support to be the one wicking away the moisture.. I think its all backwards. It also looks like it would be uncomfortable because the saddle pad and blanket are not even the same size (not that I think they should be on that way in the first place) What size gullet is that saddle?
    I bought a navajo blanket to go under the grey pad because the navajo blanket was only 14.00. The grey pad was significantly more expensive and I would rather replace the cheap navajo blanket than the grey pad. Until I order a nicer thick pad, this is the way I have chosen to do it. I am not concerned about looking pretty. The navajo blanket is not too small, I was in a rush and folded it in half (or, tried to), so it looks smaller than it actually is. Folded once in half it fits fine, despite how the picture looks. My pony is one who will definitely let me know when she is not comfortable, she is extremely sensitive, and she was fine.
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        04-19-2013, 04:17 PM
    Originally Posted by Saddlebag    
    First, you need to measure her from just behind the shoulder blade to the last true rib. The bars on the saddle cannot exceed this length. Once you have the measurement go into the Ralide site and check the style of tree and look for seat size you would buy. Because she's not very tall, you may have to look at a saddle with round skirts to prevent her hips being rubbed. Two things about that saddle. Because of the very light color it soon looks like it's been thro a war. Second, the crosses. You may like them but come time to sell the saddle, that may work against you.
    I am actually not concerned about the color of my saddle, nor about the crosses. Sorry, but I don't see how that concerns you? There's also a slim chance I'd ever sell this saddle, and if I were to, that's not something that concerns me either. I got a good deal on it and money from selling is not my concern. =)
        04-19-2013, 04:26 PM
    Can I also just add that I made this thread because I was excited to finally own another barrel saddle, and wasn't sure how pads were done now a days? I grew up doing things one way, and money wise I agree with the way I was taught to do things (cheaper pad under thicker and more expensive pad, unless for show), I was really just curious what others do. That doesn't mean I don't appreciate any and all responses, or that I am not genuinely interested in hearing how others do things, or that I won't accept constructive criticism. I just feel a little bit like I've been "put down" I guess for the way I do it. I have absolutely no problem hearing that somebody doesn't do things "my" way. What I am not terribly fond of is responses saying I shouldn't do it this way or that way, when there's nothing truly wrong with what pad is where (unless I am completely unaware of something?) other than it's not pretty. I have ridden many horses with a thin navajo blanket under a thick one, not once has a horse truly had an issue with it. Not once have I had a saddle or pad slip because of it. Maybe I've been lucky, but hey, it's worked so far. IMHO it would be like saying you can't ride in just a half pad, or something along those lines. I've got a back bone, I'm not afraid of an opinion other than my own, I only feel as if this thread has strayed a little from my OP.

    If somebody wants to question the fit of my saddle pads, or the fit of my saddle, the color of my saddle, what have you - please just PM me =)
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        04-19-2013, 04:31 PM
    I also just want to add that this saddle is already 3-4 years old, had not been oiled in at least a year before I purchased it. It was well used by the girl I bought it from. I also take good care of ALL my tack items, so I am not concerned about it ending up looking like it's been through a war. I am confident in my skills to take care of my saddle. =)

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