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post #1 of 7 Old 02-08-2012, 07:49 PM Thread Starter
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Exclamation half pad with no pad underneath?

I thought the only reason you should use a pad under your half pad would be to keep the half pad from getting dirty(unless your showing and it's part of "the look"). I was going to ride with just the half pad and my barn owner said it was a bad idea because then my horse wouldn't have protection where my legs go(i'm drawing a blank, I want to say flaps, but I don't think that is right)? So can you ride with just a half pad or not? I would think it would give you better contact with your horse and would be better?

Please someone tell me what is right! Thank you.
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post #2 of 7 Old 02-08-2012, 08:07 PM
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I had never seen anyone ride with just a half pad until I took the girls that ride my hunt pony to a show and they tacked him up that way. I thought they had lost their minds but after a brief argument we walked over to the warm-up arena where they pointed out a good 6 or 8 horses doing it. I have always seen them used with a saddle pad.....

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It depends on the saddle, as well as the work you're doing, I guess. In the leadline saddle, Petey is tacked with only a half pad, but in his normal saddle, he wears a saddle pad and a half pad. Not sure(:

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post #4 of 7 Old 02-09-2012, 04:47 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks guys. I always heard that an english saddle pad was really only to keep your saddle clean so I figured riding with just a half pad would be fine.

Anyone else?
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Depends on the saddle fit and the sensitivity of your horse. I've ridden some that can and some that couldn't handle it.

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post #6 of 7 Old 02-11-2012, 03:32 AM
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I too was always told that English saddle pads were only used to keep a well fitting saddle clean. of course I think i might use a thick pad with wedges if i had to use a saddle that didn't have optimum fit.

I have a friend that makes and fits saddles. He told me that putting a thick saddle pad under a well fitting saddle is "like ordering a custom pair of boots and then wearing one or two huge thick pairs of woolly socks with them, it totally throws off the fit."

He also says that many of the "close contact" saddles that are so popular with riders today do not offer enough padding in the panels for sensitive horses spine and back". the result of this is having to use a thick pad which renders useless the fact that the saddle has limited flocking in the panels for closer contact with the horse.

I always wonder if that is why people even use the half pads?? I've never had one except when i needed wither relief on one saddle (didn't really work like i had hoped ). i always just use a thin quilted cheapo pad to keep my saddle clean.

I DID recently buy a saddle about 10 years old and It was obvious that someone had ridden with a half pad only. the panels were spotless and the inner flaps were badly degraded from horse sweat. the leather just crumbles to pieces after a few rides. it was so damaged there was/is no saving it. I'll have to take it in and get the inner flaps completely removed and replaced on both sides.

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I'm in the group that thinks a half-pad should be used when the saddle doesn't fit the horse, and you can't afford a better fitting saddle. I've used them because I've got horses with tall withers but a wide slope to their shoulders - so a narrower gullet digs into their shoulders with its tips, and a wider one lets the saddle hit their withers. I ended up cutting a Wintec foam pad in half, and used the front half to raise the gullet. With that sort of pad, you have to use a normal saddle pad underneath.

I agree with WildAcreFarms - horse sweat & fine leather don't belong together...

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