05-23-2010, 10:45 PM
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Originally Posted by AngelWithoutWings54
I have a few tack questions that I want to ask. I ride in an english saddle, and it fits my horse almost perfectly. The only thing is that it is a little wide in the withers, and it sits very low on his back. When I ride, it seems like it tightens around his withers a bit and makes the saddle pad press against his back. I have heard of two things that can help this.
Does the saddle itself press against the withers?
1. A contour (shaped) saddle pad
2. A sheepskin half pad.
Would those help at all?
It depends; if the saddle is pinching the wither or resting too low on the wither at all, then adding a half pad or any other bulk is just going to make the problem worse.
Also, would the contour saddle pad reduce sweating?
No, but the material it's made of can help. For instance, some saddle pads are made from a special material that will help draw heat out.
Is it better to ride with a square or contour pad?
It doesn't matter. If the saddle is a good fit (and because of very specific pressure points, english saddles should fit well) the pad is only there to keep the saddle from getting dirty and absorbing sweat.
Is fleece better than quilted, or vice versa?
I personally prefer quilted, but some fleece pads (i.e. Some made by Toklat) are designed specifically to reduce heat.
Thanks for your time!