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post #1 of 12 Old 07-14-2010, 06:38 PM Thread Starter
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Saddle Pads

Can anyone recommend a good Saddle Pad for a gaited Horse-guess it really doesn't matter what kind of Horse, but my pads are a little thick and I have one saddle that just won't cinch up good, it's always loose and will slide to the side. Maybe in the $50.00 range--I know that's not much.
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post #2 of 12 Old 07-14-2010, 07:03 PM
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I would guess that if the saddle won't stay stationary, then it is more of a saddle fit issue than a saddle pad issue.

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post #3 of 12 Old 07-15-2010, 12:17 AM Thread Starter
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I would guess that if the saddle won't stay stationary, then it is more of a saddle fit issue than a saddle pad issue.
mmm, my husband thinks it's the pad, cause I have to cinch up so tight and then it loosens, I was thinking it's more the saddle myself

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You cinch up so tight & then it loosens?? Sounds like it's a horse puffing out prob. Perhaps doing the girth up gradually, one hole at a time with a break in between and ensuring the horse is relaxing when your tightening will solve the issue? That & perhaps not doing the girth up so tight.

In researching saddle fit, one thing I found that was a general rule is that if a saddle was unable to slide around at all, it often meant it was too tight, the forks too long &/or the girth was too tight.

Of course in so saying, it has to sit well on the horse & you need the saddle to be stable enough for security too, so it's a balancing game. I find the best answer is to allow the girth to be a little looser and to use a breastplate & crupper(or some actually use breetchen). Also for the sake of ease and avoiding saddle slipping, aside from the sake of the horse physically, always use a mounting block or aid(such as a rise, log, fence, whatever) wherever possible.
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post #5 of 12 Old 07-19-2010, 05:40 PM Thread Starter
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You cinch up so tight & then it loosens?? Sounds like it's a horse puffing out prob. Perhaps doing the girth up gradually, one hole at a time with a break in between and ensuring the horse is relaxing when your tightening will solve the issue? That & perhaps not doing the girth up so tight.


I cinch up the way you describe, i never cinch up real tight at first, I always walk her around then cinch up again. I think maybe the saddle just doesn't fit properly. I have one breast collar but it is too large, I tried that the other day, but I may be able to add some holes and make it fit. But thanks for the advise. By the lack of response I take it that people think it's not the Pad.
thanks anyway

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post #6 of 12 Old 07-19-2010, 05:55 PM
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If you really think it is the pad, try a non-slip pad. they rock for sliding saddles (if you accidentily sprayed fly spray on your horse tight before you ride... like me...)
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Is the saddle sliding back during your ride? Or the cinch sliding forward? If so, you may not be positioning the saddle correctly, or your horse's girth groove may be too far forward for your saddle's rigging.

Try riding the saddle with a 1/2" wool felt pad. If the saddle stays put better with a thinner pad, then the saddle may not fit, or may fit so well that you don't need a thick pad .

Pictures of the saddle with pad before and after your ride, and with no pad, would help.
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post #8 of 12 Old 07-21-2010, 07:23 AM
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I ride my gaited horses with 1/2 in wool pad and a wool blanket over that. No problems...Sounds more like the horse is blowing up. I usually saddle up tighten cinch then a few minutes later pull more and again right before I mount up..and stretch a leg to make sure nothing is pinched....Both of mine puff up

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How about some pictures of your saddle on your horse - with and without the pad. Take them from all 4 sides.

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post #10 of 12 Old 07-21-2010, 05:48 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks everybody, I will try to get a picture, I have a saddle blanket that I could try to see how that would work. Is that enough cushioning or is a pad needed.

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