now i would never think of riding in a saddle without a saddle blanket but ive seen numerous photos etc over the years of people riding with no saddle blanket would this pose any problems for the horse? why would someone ride without one? ive always wondered about this
"I whisper but my horse doesnt listen...So I yell!!...He still doesnt listen"
I've heard that a pad/blanket's main purpose is simply to protect the saddle from leather-damaging horse sweat! I'd think as long as the saddle fit VERY well, it shouldn't cause any harm to the horse to ride without a pad.
Many of today's moisture-wicking/shock-absorbing/super-fancy pads do seem to have nice benefits though!