How Much Padding is Too Much Padding?

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How Much Padding is Too Much Padding?

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  • Can you have too much padding under a horse's saddle
  • Are thick pads bad for horses

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    08-14-2008, 12:15 AM
How Much Padding is Too Much Padding?

The lady at the tack store, said that you can put as much padding as you want with a saddle. Is this true? The other day I tried putting my pretty thick fleece close-contact saddle pad as well as a keyhole under my saddle, just out of curiousity. It looked ridiculous because it was so high up.

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    08-14-2008, 12:16 AM
You can definitely overpad, go with your gut, if it looks ridiculous, it probably is!
    08-14-2008, 07:01 AM
Well you can put as much padding as you want (if you have money to buy all possible pads). Lol! Whether it's a good idea is another question... :)
    08-14-2008, 12:00 PM
I think? That it depends on the condition of your horse. I have a real thick pad that I was using on my mare. I used it the other day on a very grass bellied gelding To me it was too much padding. I usually use a thinner pad for him. If you have a rather thin horse or one with no whithers, then perhaps it would need more padding??
Just a thought!
    08-16-2008, 11:21 AM
Too many pads can be just as bad as too little pads. Depends on your horse and your saddle.....
    08-16-2008, 11:59 AM
LOL, I think especially in the summer you don't wanna overpad. But hey, if your horse needs extra padding I don't see anything wrong with it.
    08-16-2008, 08:04 PM
Overpadding can create bulk that can become uncomfortable underneath the weight of the saddle and rider. If the saddle doesn't fit perfectly, overpadding can create extra bulk and create even more of a pressure point on a horse, rendering him sore.
Think of wearing too many socks in your shoe.
    08-16-2008, 10:11 PM
I agree completely with JDI (happy belated birthday, by the way, flower! ). First think about the fit of your saddle. If extra padding is needed for the fit of the saddle, figure about where your weight is being distributed. It will be easier, then, to decide how much padding is necessary.

    08-16-2008, 11:21 PM
Thanks everyone for your input. I only use one pad under my saddle and it seems to fit well. The sweat marks on her when I take off the saddle are even, so it must fit.
    08-17-2008, 06:42 AM
Another issue with too much padding it that it is probably going to move around a bit and quite possibly the saddle could slide sideways. I saw it happen a t pony club once, a parents had three saddle pads under the saddle and the middle pad wiggled half out the back and then the girth was loose and the saddle slipped.

I try to keep it to a minimum. Saddles have their own padding built in so if it is a good fit there should be minimum padding.

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