Saddle pad- Rounded or Normal/Straight?

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    03-14-2011, 09:11 AM
Saddle pad- Rounded or Normal/Straight?

The title mostly gives it away!
I got to order a custom H&R reining saddle for my birthday (Yaay!)
And I got to thinking about saddle pads...

My horse has a SUPER short back for a quarter horse (23'') which is why we had little choice but to order. He has normal wither definition and all that, not sway backed or anything, but the straight pads always stick way out the back of the saddle! (and he's proportionate to himself, he has short everything)

I don't know the skirt of my saddle... I know its for close contact, and I can tell you everything else about my saddle, but... Should I look into a rounded pad anyways? Or does it look funny with certain saddle skirts?

And I really want turquoise...

I found a new Mayatex in turquoise online... Are they any good?

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    03-14-2011, 11:46 AM
Alright western tack people! Where are you? :)
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    03-14-2011, 12:08 PM
Green Broke
I would really need to see the saddle to tell. Saddle pads are saposed to fit the saddle . So like a rounded pad is for like a rounded skirt.

As far as materieal goes I would go with a nice wool felt pad and get a blaket for color. That way it's comfortable for the horse and it is less exspencive to change colors!

Classic Equine Wool Felt Pad 1"

That's just to give an idea of materials.
    03-14-2011, 02:07 PM
It would depend on he skirt of your saddle. If you put a round pad under a square skirt, your saddle will be directly on your horse's back.

If you're going for bright coloured, Reinsman's microsuede Tacky Too ones are nice. Most are square pads, but I have seen round ones. The round ones are usually referred to as barrel pads because most westerm saddles with round skirts are barrel saddles.

Also, you can always get a nice pad, then just put it in a turquoise blanket so it looks turquoise AND stays clean. :P

I am assuming if it's a reining saddle, it'll havr a square skirt.
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