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    12-14-2007, 07:01 AM
Horse_luver - that's the main place I've seen it although I've seen it in pics on the net too. Can't remember where though. And yeah, its always english riders

Personally, I would never saddle up without one.
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    12-14-2007, 05:37 PM
Yeah me neither
    12-14-2007, 06:34 PM
I used to have this book when I was younger and most of the pictures showed a girl riding without a numnah...I would never ride without one. .
    12-17-2007, 12:33 AM
Sometimes you can see it over here in the show ring, mainly in a top level turnout class. A fashion ATM are half numnuhs, only the seat part

If a saddle fits correctly then it should be no problem to the horse, though sweat will damage the leather and I personally feel that a little cushioning is nicer.
    12-17-2007, 01:16 AM
The only negative to riding a well fitted saddle without a saddle pad is damaging the leather. But if the leather is properly cleaned after, there is no real issue. It's usually done in saddleseat and some hunter pleasure classes. Some saddleseat riders actually use a dark colored half pad that usually not visible. At home almost everyone I know uses a saddle pad.

This is an example of the half pad, but there are many different kinds out there,
    12-17-2007, 03:23 PM
The only reason to use a saddle pad with an ENGLISH saddle that fits your horse well (and the horse is fit with good topline muscle) is to keep the bottom of your saddle clean. When I bought a new Courbette recently, they recommended I ride without a pad for the first 10 rides, so the wool flocking inside would more quickly conform to my horse's back. She didn't seem to mind at all . Now, that won't work if your saddle has foam or air inside, or if the wool is cheap synthetic wool.

Now, most horses aren't in tip-top shape and most saddles don't fit absolutely perfect, so it's best to ride with some kind of shock absorbing pad. I like ThinLine pads. They do a great job of protecting the horse's back, eliminating pressure points, and even smoothing things out for the rider (they are recommended for people with back or hip pain). And they're thin enough that they won't cause the saddle to fit too tight, which thick gel and dense foam (like neoprene or that cashel stuff) can do. I use a plain thinline (the Contour pad) over a thin quilted pad. For shows, I use it under my show pad. For my western saddle, I use the 30x30 Western pad over a thin real wool felt liner pad. For shows, I put m nice woven blanket over the top of both.
    12-17-2007, 06:06 PM
Riding without a saddle pad hurts the horses back
    12-17-2007, 09:54 PM
Originally Posted by horse_luver4e
riding without a saddle pad hurts the horses back
With a WESTERN saddle yes, but with a well fitting English saddle and a horse that's in good shape, no.
    12-17-2007, 09:55 PM
Riding with a thin flimsy cotton pad will not hurt a horse's back any less than riding without one. The saddle will only hurt the horse's back if it's not properly fitted OR the horse has back issues. In either case the horse would need to be better fitted to the saddle (either a new saddle, or more likely a gel pad, riser pad, foamy pad, stuffed cotton pad, or in some cases a thick western pad will help, but there are plenty out there). If the horse has back pain no matter how well the saddle is fitted or what type of therepeutic pad is used, then it should be evaluated by a vet.

A flimsy cotton schooling pad like this:

Will not prevent back pain. If the horse is in pain it is either a poor saddle fit or a deeper issue.
    12-19-2007, 02:50 AM
Originally Posted by luvs2ride79
Originally Posted by horse_luver4e
riding without a saddle pad hurts the horses back
With a WESTERN saddle yes, but with a well fitting English saddle and a horse that's in good shape, no.
Again this comes down to correctly fitting tack, if the tree is the right size - I see no problem riding in a western saddle without a pad...... at least western saddles have all that fleecy, wooly stuff underneath that would almost act as a pad 8)

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