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post #1 of 7 Old 12-25-2012, 10:27 PM Thread Starter
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Making your own saddle pad?

I am a Western rider but I got a dressage saddle for Christmas (I was looking to get it because I like the freedom of English saddles) and my barn doesn't have any English pads. Would it be possible for me to make my own? If I did, how could I? Is there any sort of substitute I could use for my next lesson, on Saturday (I'm planning on using the saddle)?

PS- No worries, my parents had the saddle checked by my BO/instructor to make sure it fits the horse I normally ride:) I got the saddle as a medium tree, and the horse I ride is a medium, and another is a medium/narrow, and he said it should fit all the horses I can't WAIT to ride in it!!!!

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post #2 of 7 Old 12-25-2012, 11:31 PM
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Congrats on the saddle! I got a saddle for Christmas as well and share your excitement in wanting to get out there and try it.

Someone correct me if I'm wrong with this advice but if you have a western saddle blanket (like a Navajo woven blanket) wouldn't that be okay to use temporarily? Even an inexpensive throw with some padding but not a huge amount of stretch to it you might be able to cut into pad-size for the one lesson. Ask your trainer too, she may have some ideas or something you can borrow! I'm sure there are patterns online for English saddle pads but by the time you buy the fabric and put in the time you probably might as well just buy one.
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post #3 of 7 Old 12-26-2012, 01:31 AM
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If you don't mind the saddle getting a little dirty (or if your horse is pretty clean) you can go without a saddle pad no problem. I recently had an appointment with a professional fitter and she said if the saddle is well fitting then a saddle pad isn't technically needed, it's just to keep the saddle clean.
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post #4 of 7 Old 12-26-2012, 01:45 AM
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You can use a western pad with an english saddle.

Pssh.I didn't pick up the wrong lead
It's called a counter canter...
...A very advanced maneuver.
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post #5 of 7 Old 12-26-2012, 10:14 AM Thread Starter
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Congrats on the saddle! I got a saddle for Christmas as well and share your excitement in wanting to get out there and try it.

Someone correct me if I'm wrong with this advice but if you have a western saddle blanket (like a Navajo woven blanket) wouldn't that be okay to use temporarily? Even an inexpensive throw with some padding but not a huge amount of stretch to it you might be able to cut into pad-size for the one lesson. Ask your trainer too, she may have some ideas or something you can borrow! I'm sure there are patterns online for English saddle pads but by the time you buy the fabric and put in the time you probably might as well just buy one.

I had the idea of using the saddle blanket but they aren't very smooth or soft and I can see them rubbing a lot.
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post #6 of 7 Old 12-26-2012, 10:32 AM
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I made a saddle pad for my Aussie saddle. It was soooooo easy. I used the pre-quilted cotton material from Walmart ($3-4 per yard) and then a red and black lumberjack plaid flannel for the top.

If you search "making a saddle pad" or something similar on the forum, there are a few links to instructions. Same goes for Google.
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post #7 of 7 Old 12-26-2012, 04:10 PM
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If you have a thin felt pad then you can use that until you either buy or make your own blanket. :)
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