Originally Posted by BoldComic
I'm just using a 1" thick felt pad. I used to ride with just a blanked under it but when it started making him sore I got the pad.
I'm hoping that awlking the pads can fix the problem and that the stuffing hasn't compressed so hard it has to be replaced. It's been kept clean and dry and I haven't put tons of miles on it lately so maybe it will be okay...
Could you explain counterlining to me please Renee?
Good idea about using shims for now saddlebag.
You should be right with the thick felt pad and the padding can easily be 'awled' if the stuffing hasn't hardened too much or formed clumps.
If you had come to me with this saddle I wouldn't recommend a re-flock at this point since you say the pads haven't gone rock hard, they are still in good condition without rips or tears and it's good to start counterlining with the pads the way they are now because they've 'settled' and are the shape of your horses back so they just act like a good set of bars.
If I was to counterline your saddle first i'd 'awl' the original pads as much as I could to spread out the stuffing evening it out into areas that need more. (if it wasn't that bad I wouldn't touch it with an awl because I want the pads to be the shape of your horse.
Then i'd take a piece of serge (the yellow material on your pads) but I use blue and it's thicker than your yellow material, I then hand sew the serge ontop of the original pads using a 'secret stitch' so at the end you won't see the stitching. IN each piece of serge on either side i'd leave a gap so I can stuff it with flocking (teezed mane and tail hair) i'd put in a 1/2'' layer of flocking and stitch it all up so it's even and has no lumps. FINISHED ... now you'd have more springy pads that reflect the shape of your horses back and fit great, problem solved :)