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post #1 of 13 Old 08-21-2012, 12:38 PM Thread Starter
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Good saddle pad for Aussie Saddle

Hello All!
I currently ride my 14.2ish hh mare in an Aussie saddle and am using a western pad. While it does work, I feel like its a bit too small and is one of the brands that is stiff and obnoxious, and the stitching down the middle to make it fold nicely was not set straight, so no matter the saddle (used to use western w/ this same pad) the pad never sits straight under the saddle, which drives me batty.
I am looking for an Aussie or western pad that doesn't break the bank- under $50 would be great and keep my husband's eyes from bugging out of his head, lol.
I have read that thicker pads actually can have issues under Aussie saddles, thought I would see what everyone's opinion of this is.
Her saddle does fit her well, and she never has any complaints. :)
Anyone have any good recommendations?
Thanks!
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post #2 of 13 Old 08-21-2012, 12:44 PM
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I just use dressage-size English saddle pads with my Aussie.
The one difference with them is you have to wash them every once in a while but that's easy - just throw them in your washing machine and hang to dry. :)


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Thanks!
Now is a dressage pad the same thing as an English AP pad? When I used the AP pad the one time I did, we noticed that it would not stay under the saddle and kept moving around and bunching. I know I am notorious for not cinching tight enough, so I don't know if that was the reason or not, and have hesitated to use it again since then.
My trainer who had helped me fit the saddle also had said to stick with the thicker than the AP pad.
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post #4 of 13 Old 08-21-2012, 01:25 PM
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I use a cheap Navajo blanket. It doesn't cover all the saddle flap, but neither horse nor saddle seem to mind:



I tried this one and disliked it:

Trail Rider Comfort Pad

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I use a cheap Navajo blanket. It doesn't cover all the saddle flap, but neither horse nor saddle seem to mind:

What size is this pad? I tried to buy one online once and got what is either a tiny pony size, or is meant for a kindergartner to sit on it in class!

I tried this one and disliked it:

Trail Rider Comfort Pad
Glad to know on this one- I have been considering it- what don't you like about it?
Thanks!
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It is one of those pads with a top, bottom, and filling. I like my pads solid. For a western saddle, I like wool felt. Period. The DU pad I tried was thin material with thin, shifting filling.

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So I will stay away from the DU pad then, thanks!
What size did you think your Navajo blanket was?
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I use tucker plantation saddle pads. For you either the 40X30 or 38X 29.
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Mine is a cheap 30 x 60 folded over. That means it only goes down 15" past the backbone. I'm thinking of trying a dressage pad, which would go down 22-23 inches.

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i use tucker plantation saddle pads. For you either the 40X30 or 38X 29.
Thanks Joe! Do you find that your horse doesn't listen to you as well with this pad as one without the flap matching length? I have read that some people say it cuts down on the communication?
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