Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: southern Arizona
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...
... Energy is an admirable thing, but the energy of stupidity seldom avails much..." - On Seats and Saddles (1868), Francis Dwyer, Major of Hussars (light cavalry)