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post #21 of 50 Old 12-19-2007, 04:58 PM
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the leather can rub sores on the horses back.
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post #22 of 50 Old 12-19-2007, 08:17 PM
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the leather can rub sores on the horses back.
You get a bee in your bonnet and you just have to run with it sometimes dont you honey..... The only leather on a correctly fitting western saddle that will be touching your horse without a saddle pad would also be touching them with a pad on............

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post #23 of 50 Old 12-19-2007, 09:40 PM
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the leather can rub sores on the horses back.
:roll: Only if the saddle doesn't FIT! My goodness. Where did you learn these things?

As for the western saddle, synthetic fleece provides to cushion. English saddles have built in cushioning, to protect a horse's back from the hard parts of the tree. Western saddles with synthetic fleece do not. So, at least 1/2" wool felt pad or a doubled woven blanket (IMO) should be used for long-term use. Now, if you have a western saddle with thick pile real sheepskin underneath (that's in good condition), no, you don't need a pad for the horse's comfort. Unfortunately, most all of the western saddles built in the last 20 years don't have real sheepskin, unless they were custom made by a small saddle shop/maker.

I am a certified horse massage therapist and saddle fitter, and that is what we were taught. I have also discussed this issue with a couple of saddle makers and other fitters, and the consensus (so far) is that today's western saddles are not made to be used without some kind of pad.

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post #24 of 50 Old 12-20-2007, 12:16 AM
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the leather can rub sores on the horses back.
:roll: Only if the saddle doesn't FIT! My goodness. Where did you learn these things?

most all of the western saddles built in the last 20 years don't have real sheepskin, unless they were custom made by a small saddle shop/maker.
Most of the Western saddles available in Australia are made here and DO have real sheepskin trim....... I own 7 saddles and they range from brand new to about 15 years old and everyone of them has real sheep fleece lining AND cushioning around the tree to protect my horse.

It comes back down to the old - YOU GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR

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post #25 of 50 Old 12-20-2007, 01:50 AM
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Okay, here in the USA, many saddles priced at or over $3,000 US even have synthetic sheepskin lining. It's just "accepted" now, unfortunately...

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post #26 of 50 Old 12-20-2007, 04:53 AM
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Well if some people are of the opionion that it is a definite that horses get saddle sores when not using a saddle cloth, why is it that so many people ride without them??????

If their horse got sores, wouldn't you think they'd stop???

Sorry bout the narkiness of the comment, but I do not like it when some people are so rigid in their views
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^^^ agreed!

i had no idea this thread would head in this direction lol its interesting though cause ive learnt a few things :)

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post #28 of 50 Old 12-20-2007, 07:52 AM
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My western saddle has real sheepskin lining. It even arrived wrapped in real sheepskin. And yes, I paid a lot of $$ for it so I would never put it on my horse without some sort of protective pad under it unless my horse was squeeky clean and then only to check fit.
I don't mean to sound dumn but whats a numnuh?


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I don't mean to sound dumn but whats a numnuh?
A numnah is the British term for saddle pad, also known as a Saddlecloth.

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post #30 of 50 Old 12-20-2007, 04:55 PM
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It happens a lot in ridden showing classes, as often a saddlecloth/numnah can spoil the look, especially cause you can't hide one very well under a showing/working hunter saddle.
Really, there's no problem so long as the saddle fits well and you're not too lazy to clean it after. If your saddle fits perfectly a cloth can sometimes even make things worse!
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