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post #1 of 6 Old 11-18-2010, 03:58 PM Thread Starter
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Half pad help

A new horse I may be getting is super wide. My saddle has a medium wide gullet. I mentioned this to a friend and she said 'just use a half-pad' but I don't think that will work. She is dead set that it will work (claims she used it on her horse, etc). In my opinion, it will make the saddle even MORE narrow (in a sense) just more... cushiony. But it certainly won't make it fit. At least not in my opinion. I always thought half-pads were for saddles that were TOO wide, lifting the saddle up off the withers. Correct me if I'm wrong, since I've never used one.

So what are those buggers for?

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post #2 of 6 Old 11-18-2010, 04:12 PM
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My saddle doesn't fit my new boy perfectly. He has a flat back and little shoulder muscle. Since he's just being put back into work, I'm using a half pad with front and back shims to help the saddle fit better. Plan to wait a few more months to see how he develops before buying a saddle to fit him. I wouldn't recommend a half pad for a saddle that is already too narrow. It's ok to use for minor balance adjustments, but you're risking back problems or pain when using a saddle that's too small.

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post #3 of 6 Old 11-18-2010, 10:47 PM
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If you're wearing shoes half a size too small, do an extra pair of socks make your feet feel better?
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post #4 of 6 Old 11-18-2010, 10:54 PM
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Half Pads are better used to absorb shock (like a beginning rider bouncing around) than to try and adjust saddle fit.

My saddle is slightly too wide in the front but fits in the rear so I use a Thinline pad with shims in the front but that only works because it is too wide, not too narrow!
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post #5 of 6 Old 11-18-2010, 11:10 PM Thread Starter
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I didn't think using a half-pad would help. I have a western saddle I can use on him for the time being that I'm sure will fit! :) Thanks guys.

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post #6 of 6 Old 11-19-2010, 06:30 AM
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Originally Posted by reachthestars View Post
If you're wearing shoes half a size too small, do an extra pair of socks make your feet feel better?
Yes, refer to my "Saddles are like Shoes" post, I will bump it :)

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