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  • What size half pad with 17.5 saddle
  • Half pad to fit a 17.5 saddle

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    08-22-2011, 11:04 PM
Questions about half pads

I am new to English riding. Took lessons for a few months awhile back but they focused on riding more than tack. My very experienced English riding friend told me the pad that came with my saddle doesn't fit it so she suggested a half pad. She let me borrow it and it did seem better. It was a Roma but I can't seem to tell exactly which style when looking at the website.

So my question is what's your favorite half pad (that'd fit a 17.5- 18 ap saddle) and why? I read that some run short and I don't want to end up with another pad that doesn't fit! Thanks.
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    08-23-2011, 08:43 PM
Mattes! I will warn you now they are not cheap, but they are NICE! I personally don't have one but I have used them before and really want one. They look nice and soft and the quality is great. It really just depends how much you want to spend... if you are on more of a budget you can try an Ovation half pad. I did have one of those and it was nice for the price. If you look online you can usually find different sizes. Good luck!
    08-23-2011, 08:49 PM
I use Thinline contour pad. BUT not to get a better fit, but protect my horse's back and my own (as it absorbs the shock quite a bit). I'd be quite careful with pads. Depending on saddle and horse you may want to look into some with shims (although I still have to say that nothing beats well-fit saddle).
    08-23-2011, 10:33 PM
Originally Posted by Dresden    
the pad that came with my saddle doesn't fit it

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No. You are wrong. It is your poorly fitting saddle that does not fit the horse. It is NEVER the pad. Take a picture of your saddle girthed on your horse, im sure we can point ou whatever issue you are having.
    08-24-2011, 12:13 AM
No seriously the pad is pony sized. It doesn't fit. The saddle hangs awkwardly off the oddly shaped too small pad. The saddle fits fine. It fits him fine with a plain square pad. The pad I have is shaped but too small for the saddle.

Thanks to those who gave actual suggestions :)
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    08-24-2011, 12:28 AM
Originally Posted by Dresden    
The saddle fits fine. It fits him fine with a plain square pad.
Why do you need half-pad then? I'm confused... If it fits fine don't add any bulky stuff under.
    08-24-2011, 12:40 AM
Green Broke
If the saddle fits then you just need a regular pad, not a half pad.
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    08-24-2011, 08:56 AM
I'm new to English. My friend said she prefers them for cushion and always uses one. I was just trying to follow the advice of someone who has more familiarity with this. If it isn't necessary, I will just ride him with the thin square pad. Although I am thinking maybe I misunderstood her using the term half pad.

The pad she had me borrow was shaped and covered the the entire underneath of the saddle but it wasn't as large as other shaped pads I have seen. I wish I had a pic so I could identify what it was.
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    08-24-2011, 09:01 AM
Originally Posted by Dresden    
My friend said she prefers them for cushion and always uses one.
If saddle fits nicely adding extra half-pad will add bulkiness (and therefore changes the fit), and can make more bad in long run. If you want to add extra-protection for the horse's back, look for Thinline pads: they don't add any bulk, but they add protection (although they are pricey unfortunately, and I havn't seen too many used ones for sale).
    08-24-2011, 09:13 AM
Thank you, Kitten. The English pads all seem so thin compared to western it is hard to wrap my head around! It just seems like there's no pad at all practically with just the square pad. I know in english you are supposed to be able to ride without a pad but it still seems odd to me.

Is the extra protection from a thinline worth the price?
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