Making a saddle pad?

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    01-04-2012, 07:44 PM
Making a saddle pad?

Okay, so I don't have $50+ to spend on a saddle pad for my Aussie saddle and I don't like how my English AP pad is smaller than my saddle (not by much and just on the flaps, so it really isn't THAT big of a deal, but it looks bad lol). So, I am thinking of making my own saddle pad. I found the perfect fabric at Walmart today. It's red and black lumberjack plaid, which will match our polos (it's the one in the middle on the pic).

I also found some red zebra-stripe fabric at Joann's that I love, so I'm thinking of making two pads, so I'll have an extra in case one is in the laundry (basically looks like this, except red instead of white: Keepsake Calico Fabric-Zebra*: quilting fabric & kits*: fabric*: Shop | ).

So, has anyone ever made a saddle pad before? Any tips or suggestions? I was thinking of using my AP pad as a template and just enlarging it. I can then modify it to fit my needs (remove the billet and girth keepers since my saddle is rigged Western, add a pocket on either side, that sort of thing). Do you think that would work? Or should I go for a pattern like this: Saddle Pad & Quarter Sheet - Equine Sewing Pattern 7158 | eBay and enlarge it to fit my needs (my pad is about 2" too short all around right now).

Also, my saddle pad is thin (as all AP pads tend to be), so could I use thicker batting to add more cushion? I know it would compact down with use, but at least there'd be more padding overall.

Thoughts? Ideas? Am I crazy?
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    01-04-2012, 07:51 PM
Drafty, there was a thread just recently (may be in Talk or here in Tack) where the lady made a very nice pad for her daughter. May be you can try to dig it out and PM her.
    01-04-2012, 07:54 PM
Originally Posted by kitten_Val    
Drafty, there was a thread just recently (may be in Talk or here in Tack) where the lady made a very nice pad for her daughter. May be you can try to dig it out and PM her.
See, I didn't think anyone was as crazy as I was to try to make a saddle pad, so I didn't do a forum search. Lol Thanks, KV.
    01-04-2012, 07:58 PM
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I'm currently in the midst of re-covering a AP pad (or maybe it's a dressage pad since it's much bigger than my Aussie saddle...) and it's driving me nuts! It's too large and stiff to really work well with my machine. I'm trying to make it happen but I can only work on it for a little while before I get frustrated. Lol!

My other plan is to hopefully make at least one more AP/whatever sized pad entirely myself. For that I'm planning to use 2 layers of batting (Extra loft) with maybe another layer of wool felt in the middle to give it some extra support. While that will compact down, it should stay about 1/4 to 1/2 of an inch thick which is all I need with my saddle.

Pattern vs not, since I'm very comfortable not using a pattern, I don't plan to use one when I make mine. Patterns can be really helpful to have if you feel like you could benefit from a pattern, go for it!

A tip I read somewhere was to use flannel on the bottom of the pad. Apparently that helps give the pad some "stickiness" so it isn't as inclined to slip. I haven't tried it yet but I do have a pad with flannel on the bottom and it is much "stickier" than other pads I've used.
    01-04-2012, 08:05 PM
Yeah, I was planning on using red flannel on the bottom of both pads.

As for pattern vs. depends on what I'm making whether I prefer a pattern. Lol I made a pair of crate covers for a friend's show dog's crate this last year and didn't use a pattern at all, just used the dimensions she sent me of the crate (I'd made one before for my dog's old crate, though it was much bigger and was three years ago). When I made my dress last summer, I DEFINITELY needed a pattern. So, I guess the "simpler" the project is, the less need for a definitive pattern I need.

As for the AP pad is VERY lightweight and flimsy. So added bulk/support/thickness would be great. And I have a nice older Singer sewing machine, so I think it'd be able to cope with the added thickness okay.
    01-04-2012, 08:08 PM
While you're sewing up a new saddle pad there, I could use some curtains for the bathroom.....
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    01-04-2012, 08:23 PM
Send me the sizes/dimensions and the fabric and I'll get right on those for you, waresbear.

And KV, were you talking about cakemom (blinged up a browband and saddle pad)? She just modified/added stuff to an existing saddle pad. I'm talking about making one completely from scratch. Thanks, though!
    01-04-2012, 10:19 PM
Originally Posted by DraftyAiresMum    
And KV, were you talking about cakemom (blinged up a browband and saddle pad)? She just modified/added stuff to an existing saddle pad. I'm talking about making one completely from scratch. Thanks, though!
Yes. Oh, OK, I thought she made the whole pad! However (!) I'm 100% positive we had some folks on forum making home-made pads and even bareback riding pads. I'll try to dig out some, but suggest you to do the search as well. I believe it was in "Tack" and "Classifieds".
    01-04-2012, 10:29 PM
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I love my Ausie pad w/"pockets" on each side-so handy. They have Velcro bands for closing-much easier. Like the red plaid-it will look nice on Aries & how is he doing-haven't heard much lately? Wishing you success w/your project!
    01-04-2012, 10:37 PM
The red plaid is adorable on him, Cacowgirl. I used it on my old gelding (who was a bright bay 14.2hh arab/saddlebred cross who thought he was at least 17hh, so the lumberjack plaid was kind of a joke) and when I got Aires, I made a deal with my friend that had them to get them. All they cost me was the gas to pick up and transport two bales of alfalfa from the feed store to my friend's barn.

Aires is doing well. He's a hairy beastly right now and unfortunately not getting worked much because I'm so busy with work (I work days and with it getting dark around 5:30, it doesn't leave me much time to ride). We're going to go for a trail ride next Friday with a couple of my best friends, so we'll see how that goes. He was a complete turd at first, the last time I rode him.

Also, back on the subject of making a pad...would it have to be quilted?

I just found this set of instructions (I can use search engines again! My friend removed the virus that was messing with my search engines):

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