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    06-29-2011, 02:57 PM
Need answer for under saddle blanket

I have several saddle blankets (not pads) that I change out and use depending on what mood I'm in. I have used a thick felt pad underneath but wonder if this thick pad is too much. The pad I use now is as thick as a normal saddle pad and I just put the colorful blanket on over it before I add my saddle.

My horse does not have back issues.

Would a thinner pad work too?

I'm wondering if something like these would work

Abetta Saddle Pad with Wear Plates - Black Show Saddle Pads Western

Economy Felt Western Blanket Liner 1/4 inch -

Professionals Choice Saddle Pad Liner - Black - 30" X 30" Other Saddle Pads Western

Or are the thinner pads just used to keep your saddle pad clean? If these aren't what I should consider, what would you recommend? I'm not a fan of neoprene so I'd rather not use one of those.

I just trail ride for pleasure, I don't do anything competitively. TIA.
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    07-03-2011, 11:23 AM
    07-03-2011, 11:31 AM
I use a half inch felt pad with a Navajo blanket, and it seems to work fine. If I wanted thinner, I would probably try 2 Navajo blankets and see how it worked. The better the saddle fits, the less padding needed, and I think the cushion effect is overrated anyways.

Just IMHO.
    07-03-2011, 05:56 PM
Thank you.
    07-03-2011, 06:14 PM
I assume (dangerous, I know) that you are riding western by the pads. In that case I have to ask how much does the saddle weigh? How does the saddle fit the horse without the blanket, as that tells you where the pressure points are for your particular saddle, which in turn tells you where your blanket needs to have the most support?

Personally, I find one pad and one saddle that works for the horse then stick with it. That way, you don't have to worry about whether changing out blankets (and therefore support) is effecting the back or not.
IMO, if you have to buy a pad to put under your blanket to get the right fit, why not just spend the money on one really good one? If it is just a color issue, just find one really good pad that fits your horse and saddle (I personally suggest a Classic Equine pad) and get the $5 wool covers, or navajo blankets I guess they are called.
    07-03-2011, 06:47 PM
I've found a 3/4" contoured wool (or wool-blend) felt pad to be best for this sort of thing.

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