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    11-06-2008, 11:05 AM
Half pad question

I have a half pad that my horse needs because it gives support on his back, for showing and for normal hack around riding. But its all white except for the sheep skin. Its the natural yellow? Im not sure what to call it. But I havent shown in this yet. Does anyone know if the yellow is acceptable? Or would only WHITE all around be only acceptable. I have asked around in my area but no one is quite sure.
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    11-06-2008, 11:09 AM
Mattes Half Back Pad with Rear Trim and No Billets - Dover Saddlery.

It looks like that and the big fleece parts is that creamish color when the rest of the pad is white
    11-06-2008, 11:35 AM
What are you showing in?
    11-06-2008, 04:30 PM
I show in hunter/jumpers. I talked to a lady who hosts shows, and she said that the half pads are acceptable but she is not entirely sure about the cream.
    11-06-2008, 05:39 PM
In jumpers it would be fine. For hunters I recommend phoning the show steward about a week before the show and asking their specific take on it. That way you know you won't get in trouble.
I don't think it would be a problem, but better safe than sorry.
    11-06-2008, 05:48 PM
Green Broke
Natural is kind of a cream color (anywhere from slightly off white to more of a yellowish depending on the brand) and very very normal in the hunter ring. A few years ago certain major brands only offered natural so it was more popular then white. These days I see both almost equally.
    11-06-2008, 07:09 PM
Originally Posted by upnover    
Natural is kind of a cream color (anywhere from slightly off white to more of a yellowish depending on the brand) and very very normal in the hunter ring. A few years ago certain major brands only offered natural so it was more popular then white. These days I see both almost equally.
thats what I had heard. And I had talked to a show steward and she had said that the cream is the more natural color than the white. And the next show im going to, on this sunday, its just a schooling show so it would be aloud. I just need it for my horse. We have to travel a good ways next month to get him costumly fitted by a specialist. We've had five saddles on him and he's one of those bony backed/withered thoroughbreds so he's always getting pinched. We finally have him in a courbette that is high on the back and wither that fits him PERFECTLY but its a tad bit too small for me ha ha . But if it fits him that's all that matters.
    11-06-2008, 10:23 PM
Yes it's normal. You can actually get pretty much every color in the rainbow of sheepskin.
    11-07-2008, 01:55 AM
Green Broke
If it's a small local show, then don't worry about it. If it's a larger rated show (more formal), then you should really be riding in a full contoured white fleece pad, one that goes around the saddle and flaps. That is more traditional. The half pads (only, with no other pad) are seen in the hunter ring, but not as often as the full pads.
    11-07-2008, 02:19 PM
Yeah its not in my local area, but its not a rated show. I can't bring my horse to those shows yet. But I have a full saddle pad for those anyways. Hopefully I can be able to do this show. The weather looks iffy =/

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