Originally Posted by LikeaTB
Ok thanks! I was just curious, I have next to no knowledge of English saddles :)
I just thought of another point. Aside from the thick pad making the fit all wrong and slipping, etc, you'd be defeating the purpose of the English, especially dressage, saddle. I find the biggest beauty of the English saddle is being so close to the hrose and being able to feel every movement of the horse, and the horse being able to feel you. Dressage saddles especially are designed for this. By placing an inch of padding between the saddle and the horse, you've just eliminated all that lovely contact and communication.
Nahhhhh.... Get the best fitting saddle you can, then use the thinnest pad you can get away with and still have comfort and cushion for the horse. With a perfect with and good flocking, you don't need anything. Most of use use something, but certainly not an inch.