Saddle pad vs. saddle blanket

       The Horse Forum > Horse Tack > Horse Tack and Equipment

Saddle pad vs. saddle blanket

This is a discussion on Saddle pad vs. saddle blanket within the Horse Tack and Equipment forums, part of the Horse Tack category

LinkBack Thread Tools
    12-18-2010, 03:01 PM
Saddle pad vs. saddle blanket

Please forgive the dumb question, but can you explain the difference. Oh, I know that a pad has padding and a blanket is just a blanket, but why the two different products? Why would you use a saddle pad instead of a saddle blanket?

Are blankets always used with a separate pad (like a felt pad) under them?

I hope I'm making sense and TIA.
Sponsored Links
    12-18-2010, 03:27 PM
I was always taught saddle pads are english. They're like dressage or A/P or jumping pads. Saddle blankets are western. Those big square ones.
    12-18-2010, 03:49 PM
Yes, saddle pads are english, blankets are western
    12-18-2010, 03:57 PM
Originally Posted by tbstorm    
yes, saddle pads are english, blankets are western
Okay, then what is this?

My question was why would you choose a pad like the above, over a blanket like below

Tough-1 Topeka Double Weave Saddle Blanket Show Saddle Pads Western

BOTH are western.
    12-18-2010, 04:44 PM
The thicker saddle pads offer a bit more protection to the horse's back than just a blanket does. More often than not, the blankets are used over the top of a pad to dress them up a bit or give them some color, especially for shows because it is easier to haul 20 blankets of different colors than it is to haul 20 pads of different colors. Very few people use blankets under their western saddles without a pad simply because not many of us have a saddle with a tree designed to perfectly fit any specific horse. The thicker pads help to prevent pressure points from causing too much damage.
    12-18-2010, 04:47 PM
Both those western blankets/pads are the equivelant of a saddle pad and half pad for english. Just like smrobs said, its hard to find a saddle to fit a horse perfectly and the saddle blanket over the pad helps jsut like a half pad over an a/p pad helps.
    12-18-2010, 04:51 PM
Thank you smrobs. Exactly what I was looking for.
    12-18-2010, 04:52 PM
Thank you.
    12-18-2010, 08:47 PM
Hmm well here a saddle blanket would be called a Nummnah, saddle cloth or saddle pad.

And a half saddle pad is this...

I use both because it looks good ( Especially with a fluffy half pad) And it is more protection for the horse.
    12-18-2010, 08:55 PM
I have often thought too, that blankets go back to the days when saddle makers used REAL shearling fleece under the saddles, not the cheap synthetic stuff they use now days. If you have a nice underside of real fleece and the saddle fits well, you can get away with just a blanket.

If you have the synthetic fleece, which just about all production line saddles have nowadays, then it gets flat as a pancake right away and you need more padding, especially if it is a less than perfect fit.

I do have a saddle that fits so well (has never caused a white hair even with 5 hours trail rides several days a week) that I will sometimes use two single layer saddle blankets instead of a pad because I like the way they look. They are the nice, wool Maytexs, the thick ones. But still, I will almost always use a pad and a blanket together because I figure it gives the horse the most protection.

Quick Reply
Please help keep the Horse Forum enjoyable by reporting rude posts.

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
saddle blanket...Help please Pro Horse Tack and Equipment 7 05-27-2010 09:57 PM
Do I need a new saddle or just a another saddle blanket? QOS Horse Tack and Equipment 15 10-17-2009 02:31 PM
Blanket and saddle sillybunny11486 Tack and Equipment Classifieds 6 10-14-2009 01:14 AM
Using a Western saddle blanket under an English saddle...?? ShannonSevenfold Horse Tack and Equipment 4 09-13-2009 06:25 PM
Does this saddle fit ok? Too large saddle blanket? equiniphile Horse Tack and Equipment 14 09-07-2009 10:24 PM

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 08:24 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.5
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.6.0