I am returning to riding after a 30-year absence. After trying a heavy, Aussie-style endurance saddle for six months, I'm returning to my roots and have gotten a Lane Fox cutback saddle. The pad that I bought at first is large and square and not well padded. So, I'm thinking of upgrading my pad.
Question #1: WHAT are half pads??? Are they for horses with hard-to-fit backs, or are they a helpful innovation for all kinds of horses?
Question #2: My Rockie mare is not hard to fit; the new saddle sits well on her, but since it's very close contact, I'm thinking of getting a pad that's a bit more cushy just to help her relax and gait happily. I'm not heavy (122 lbs.) nor tall (5' 2"), so I'm really just trying to figure out the right balance here... I see gel pads, half pads, wicking pads... Fall is on the way, so I'm not worried too much about her sweating under one... Help?