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post #1 of 10 Old 04-21-2011, 09:35 PM Thread Starter
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Silly question....what pad for a Australian?

I have a really nice (abit to big) Australian saddle. I have a wool Western saddle pad in really bad shape, so I'm looking to buy a new pad. What kind of pad should I look for? An English pad?

I don't want anything to thick...I'm just really not sure.

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post #2 of 10 Old 04-21-2011, 09:38 PM
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An English pad won't be large enough. You need a Western pad.
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Western it is! Thanks so much, I looked at pads today and was utterly clueless. I gotta take a trip up to the cities, the saddle pad selection here is approximately three pads and a stack of those blanket type deals.

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post #4 of 10 Old 04-21-2011, 09:47 PM
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Those blanket type deals may well be the western pads. There are many more variations of Western pads, then there are English. At least from what I've seen.

Some people use a thin wool blanket and then a heavier pad. I don't like to use two pads. Depending on the horse, saddle and the type of ride, I will either use a heavy wool felt pad, a cotton blanket, or a fleece lined type of pad. I have even used old blankets from the house! But no one ever sees me ride, so that's OK! :) :)

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I'm mainly looking for something just to protect the underside of the saddle from all that lovely horse sweat I like a relatively thicker pad for my Western saddle (which I don't like to ride because it's not as comfty as my Aussie, heh).
The last time I bought a saddle pad was....nearly four years ago? Can ya tell? xD

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post #6 of 10 Old 04-21-2011, 10:58 PM
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There are pads made for the Aussie saddle. I like the ones w/pockets in them. I get mine (new) on ebay from a seller in Florida. I colldn't find the picture,but the correct pad really makes life so much easier. the seller in Florida is free spirit or something close to that.
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I use a Navajo blanket with mine. It is in essence a big dressage saddle with the padding built in, so a simple blanket works OK. I sometimes use just a cotton pad with a Wintec foam half-pad to give my gelding some extra cushion.

Some of the Australian style saddles are now built more like a western saddle, and if you have that type, a western style pad will be needed.

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I prefer a dressage pad, thick wool is my favorite. The shape fits really well.
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post #9 of 10 Old 04-22-2011, 08:14 PM
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There are actually Australian saddle pads, they are smaller than western ones and bigger than an english pad and they provide a bit more padding than an english pad. Here is a picture of one! Hope this helps :)
Aussie S'cooling Pad - 1/4"
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two geldings I have a nice one that is made for Aussie saddle and only used 2 times I'll sell you. i paid 59.00 for it. make me an offer! it does not fit the saddle i bought it for. if your Aussie is 18 1/2 or smaller it should fit. if you are interested let me know. the one i have is the wool on top and bottom in the saddle shape with black trail bags sewn into the sides. its a really nice pad.
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