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post #1 of 6 Old 12-09-2012, 04:39 PM Thread Starter
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Half Pads???

Ok so I've always just ridden with simple saddle pads but lately, I have been seeing most riders around here ride with half pads too! I don't really understand why *everyone* rides with them. I know they can be beneficial for some types and ages of horses but this seems to be just a trend. I mean is it really necessary? I personally just would just see them as an unnecessary, expensive investment. I'd rather spend the extra $200 on making sure my saddles fit correctly with just a regular pad. But who knows, maybe that's just me... Does anyone have some insight for me???

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post #2 of 6 Old 12-09-2012, 06:01 PM
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Monkey see, monkey do lol. Kinda like breast plates, figure 8 nosebands and pelhems... they're all fashion trends.

I love the look of a half pad. However my saddle is custom fit to my mare and if I put a half pad on it would ruin the fit. So I just stick to a nice simple pad.

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I use a half pad (fleece works) with rear riser shims because it helps my saddle fit evenly on my guy. I think some people use them because they thinks it gives then extra 'cushion' on their horses back.
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I think it's partially for "the look" and partially a belief that it will make up for a saddle that doesn't quite fit perfectly. I do know of one person at my barn who has a very sensitive horse that really does need a sheepskin pad, even with a saddle fitted to him.
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post #5 of 6 Old 12-09-2012, 06:49 PM
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Agreed there are horses that do need them, even with a properly fitted saddle. A girl at my barn has a saddle that was custom to her horse but still needs the half pad as he has a very oddly shaped back.

But most of the time I find people just use them for "the look". There are horses that do need figure 8 nosebands, but most people use them for "the look". So its one of those things that goes both ways.

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I use Thinline contour pad almost since I switched to English. I don't care for trends, but it saves my and my horse's backs.

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