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post #1 of 6 Old 02-04-2012, 02:55 AM Thread Starter
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Western Saddle/Pad Fit?

Just a bit of background:

Next month I will be getting a new horse to train She is a very small (14.1 max.) and dainty quarter mare (almost 6 years old). Very green, and new to everything. For the rest of this month, I will be keeping an older gelding I've only had for a couple months.

I have been having trouble with my saddles lately My past few horses, my western saddle fit them just fine (I prefer to ride western for training greenies, ha ha) but when I got my current horse (the older gelding) it was much too narrow for him. He came with a saddle to borrow, but it was also much too narrow and much too long (it's rubbed out ALL the hair on his hips). So I've just been riding him bareback.

I measured my saddle pad and it's a 34 inch. I'm almost positive that this will be way too long on the new mare since she is so tiny. I'm hoping that my saddle will fit her, but it's possible that it's too long It is a pleasure saddle with a square skirt...

So my question is, if my saddle does fit her, is it possible to use a pad like this

Big Horn Round Skirt Saddle Pad 7910 28" x 28"

Under the saddle so it would fit her back? It looks kind of like this, only not as expensive its a bit more square

15.5", 16" Crates Ultra Lite Supreme Show Saddle 2345

Of course, it all depends on if I'm lucky enough to have the saddle fit her. The saddle the owner has for her fits me terribly, otherwise I could borrow it...
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post #2 of 6 Old 02-04-2012, 12:47 PM
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According to description, the pad and saddle both measure 28", so I personally prefer the pad to have an inch or two longer than the saddle. Leaves for more room.

Check the length of the saddle you're wanting to buy, then start checking different pads for correct proportions.

I would question 28" being too long for the mare.
Unless she's just all back.
My gelding is 15.1, downhill and fairly short backed, and his max is 29", before it gets too long for him.
Pic of him-http://i487.photobucket.com/albums/r...DSCN1407-1.jpg
That pad isn't a bad one, it's just something I personally wouldn't buy. I just find them awkward to deal with, plus if the saddle is square skirted, you'd need a square pad.

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post #3 of 6 Old 02-04-2012, 07:56 PM Thread Starter
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Yeah, I agree with you. I wish I had the money to buy another saddle :( But I'll figure it out eventually :)
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post #4 of 6 Old 02-04-2012, 07:58 PM
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The crates is a show saddle so I am assuming this is your show gear. That pad I supposed it ok to go under your show pad but for showing, it's not looking right.
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post #5 of 6 Old 02-04-2012, 08:04 PM
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That is the exact reason why I bought a round skirt saddle for riding my youngsters .

Like DV said, you really should use a square pad with a square skirt saddle. Generally speaking, there should be a bare minimum of 1 inch of pad sticking out all the way around. If the pad ends the exact same place the skirts on the saddle does, then that compounds the pressure on that point and is more likely to wear a sore on the horse.

I would look for something that was no less than 30x30, though 32x32 generally works better, I've found.
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post #6 of 6 Old 02-04-2012, 08:37 PM Thread Starter
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Yup, it's actually a circle y saddle, but it looks kind of like the crates. I think I'll sell my english saddle (doesn't fit me any more) and try to find some money for a round skirt saddle and pad :)
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