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    08-16-2010, 05:47 PM
  #11
Showing
Either a thicker pad or an additional pad might work. I ride a lot of different horses and I can't afford to have a special saddle to fit each one. Most of what I ride fits a FQHB but there is one big sorrel I ride that sounds about like your boy. I simply put an extra 3/4 inch felt pad on top of my regular pad and that keeps my saddle up off his withers. As far as just adding another pad goes, you might try to find a thin felt cutback pad to use on top of your regular one. I personally never use them by themselves but they work well on top of another pad.
     
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    08-16-2010, 06:15 PM
  #12
Green Broke
I would get a good 3/4" or 1" quality felt pad (one that's made out of dense felt). Make sure it's contoured for his withers and has a cut out over them.

Here are a few I would consider.
100% Wool Felt Trail Pad Reinsman Inc (Equine - Horse Tack Supplies - Saddle Accessories - Pads)
X Series Wool Felt Pad Reinsman Inc (Equine - Horse Tack Supplies - Saddle Accessories - Pads)
Saddle Pads | Saddle Blankets | Wool Saddle Pads, Saddle Blankets: 5 Star Saddle Pads
Performance Wool Contour Pad by Mayatex
Cactus Saddlery Wool Felt Roper Pad - Smith Brothers
Classic Equine Wool Felt Saddle Pad - Smith Brothers

On top of that, add a "wither widener" or riser pad, like this one:
Riser Pad (Equine - Horse Tack Supplies - Saddle Accessories - Pads)

If you like colorful saddle pads, just buy thin single-thickness saddle blankets to go over the felt pad.
     
    08-17-2010, 06:19 AM
  #13
Foal
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Originally Posted by kaydeebug    
i use two pads. Generally horses with high withers you want to use two pads no matter what. Then it wont matter where the saddle is placed as long as its in the correct spot. My horse doesnt even have high withers but she still has them. But always use two pads. That is extra padding for the horse and will feel more comfortable
Putting extra padding on a saddle that is two tight is like buying shoes a size too small, then putting on an extra layer of socks to keep your feet from hurting.
     
    08-17-2010, 10:02 AM
  #14
Weanling
The pad your looking at my friend owns, it's a really nice pad, very thick too and has those shoulder lifts. I would just buy it, a wool pad will only be smashed down with use. That pad is durable and isn't losing bulk any time soon. That would be alot more comfortable than using 2 saddle pads, besides I can see one slipping or something while turning a barrel.
     
    08-17-2010, 10:11 AM
  #15
mls
Trained
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Originally Posted by reachthestars    
Putting extra padding on a saddle that is two tight is like buying shoes a size too small, then putting on an extra layer of socks to keep your feet from hurting.
Absolutely!

What you need is to build up the area where he hollows out. A built up pad will do wonders. Diamond Wool makes a pad with shims that can be adjusted to the need of the horse/saddle combination.
     
    08-17-2010, 10:15 AM
  #16
Foal
You can try a Thinline Barrel Pad. You can get shims to put in where you need. They are perfect for horse & rider.
ThinLine Pro-Tech Small Barrel Racing Felt Pad
     
    08-17-2010, 11:16 AM
  #17
Weanling
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Originally Posted by BarrelRacer86    
The pad your looking at my friend owns, it's a really nice pad, very thick too and has those shoulder lifts. I would just buy it, a wool pad will only be smashed down with use. That pad is durable and isn't losing bulk any time soon. That would be alot more comfortable than using 2 saddle pads, besides I can see one slipping or something while turning a barrel.
I'm very much considering to save up for one of the Classic Equine Biofits. They honestly look perfect for what I need. So expensive though, I'm sure they are worth it, however. I just wish they made them round skirt because I think a square skirt saddle pad will look weird with a Round skirt saddle :(



Quote:
Originally Posted by Lightning86    
You can try a Thinline Barrel Pad. You can get shims to put in where you need. They are perfect for horse & rider.
ThinLine Pro-Tech Small Barrel Racing Felt Pad
I have heard about these, I just don't know what they are. Are they like Pads I would put underneath my regular pad or what? And If that's the case, I could just put a cheaper, much cheaper, saddle pad on top of one of my good ones.
     
    08-17-2010, 11:27 AM
  #18
Foal
With the Thinline pads you do not need to put another pad with it. The pads mold to horse & rider for a custom fit with the pad warming up. Once the pad is cooled off, it is able to mold to any other horse you may have. It has a life span of 7-10 years! It really is a great purchase for all that it does!
     
    08-17-2010, 11:30 AM
  #19
Weanling
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Originally Posted by Lightning86    
With the Thinline pads you do not need to put another pad with it. The pads mold to horse & rider for a custom fit with the pad warming up. Once the pad is cooled off, it is able to mold to any other horse you may have. It has a life span of 7-10 years! It really is a great purchase for all that it does!
Since they are thin, won't they make my saddle closer to the withers?
     
    08-17-2010, 11:34 AM
  #20
Foal
The pads conform to your horse & do not cause any rubbing or discomfort for the horse. It may bring your saddle closer with the withers but will not cause a problem. They also have shims to put in the pads in need be.
     

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