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post #1 of 6 Old 12-17-2008, 11:57 PM Thread Starter
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Half pads?

Okay, this might sound kind of stupid, but what do they do exactly and when would it be appropriate to use one?

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post #2 of 6 Old 12-18-2008, 06:36 AM
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I always use my half pad and I love it. They come in tons of different styles. For example: wither relief, dressage, all purpose, full trim, spine-free, etc. They also are allowed for showing in hunter and jumper classes and also are great for schooling. I would suggest that if you end up getting a half pad that is up there in price to use a thin baby pad underneath to keep it clean and from getting worn out. If you need anyhelp finding one to fit your needs let me know.
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post #3 of 6 Old 12-18-2008, 08:53 AM Thread Starter
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my saddle isn't a horrible fit, but Nia has such prominent withers that it doesn't fit right and kinda bares down on them. I am not in a position to buy a brand new saddle especially since there isn't anything wrong with mine, so I was thinking about a half pad.
I do hunter/jumper so it's really helpful that I can use them in shows then. =]

What kind would you suggest?
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post #4 of 6 Old 12-18-2008, 03:21 PM
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Hmmmm... well I'm not an expert on saddle fit so if I'm wrong please, somebody correct me.

I'm thinking that a wither relief might fit your needs. They are supposed to releif pressure on the withers and improve saddle fit. I have this one that I love. It's a little pricy but lasts forever, doesn't slide around during my ride, and fits under my saddle perfectly unlike some cheaper ones.
Equine Comfort Half Pad with Wither Relief - Dover Saddlery

I have heard wonderful things about thinline pads. I would suggest talking to someone who has these pads to get an all around review on these pads as I haven't ever used one myself.... yet. Here's one style of their pads...
VTO Saddlery: ThinLine Half Pad=

They also come in an Ultra thin style and one even comes attached to a sheepskin pad underneath so it looks like a normal half pad. If you do go with a thinline pad I would suggest using a baby pad underneath to keep it protected (actually I would suggest this for any half pad).
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They're fine if your saddle fits well or a little on the wide side. If your saddle borders on too narrow, then you wouldn't want to use one. They provide a little layer of cushion for horse and are "trendy" in style right now. The best are medical grade merino sheepskin pads. These are affordable and nice:

If you want something truly shock absorbing, then a ThinLine pad is a great option. I have a couple of ThinLine pads and have been very happy with them.
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If the saddle is a bit wide and too low, then adding some bulk under your saddle might help!
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post #6 of 6 Old 12-19-2008, 06:08 AM
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Half Pad

My half pad is stored in my house for safekeeping and is only brought out for shows.

I only use a half pad in the hack ring as it shows more of your horse off but it can also be used to help the fit of your saddle as said by others.

But for me its just a competition accessory.

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