Western Saddle pad(s) question. How do they go?

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    04-16-2013, 04:55 PM
Western Saddle pad(s) question. How do they go?

Ok-this stems from another thread:
girth to cinch size converion? + western saddle pads?

There was a discussion about how the pads go. There seems to be 2 distinctly different trains of thought. One has the thinner "Navajo" type (or solid color) "pretty pad" UNDER the actual functional thicker wool felt pad.

The other option is that the "pretty pad" goes on TOP of the functional (not usually pretty) pad. Which do you do? Is this a regional preference? Or is it discipline?

Personally, I had NEVER seen anyone use pads like they are used in that thread. I have always seen the "pretty" pad on top. In fact, I just opened up my new issue of Reiner-and, yup-prettypads are on top. Every picture of WP I have seen, they are on top.

Is this something that is different for barrel racers and endurance because of slipping? I trail ride-sometimes pretty hard, but have never had a problem......

Anyway-I am puzzled.
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    04-16-2013, 05:10 PM
Lol, the pretty on top is for show-- blanket goes on bottom for functional purpose.


Trailriding thing I suppose, lol.
    04-16-2013, 05:11 PM
Pretty on top.......where it should be
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    04-16-2013, 05:14 PM
My best friend always put her blanket under her pad to keep her pad from getting all sweaty. Not sure if she still does, but I don't think she does. She used to just trail ride, but now she does endurance (just got Top Ten this weekend in her first 55-miler!!).
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    04-16-2013, 05:15 PM
But that is NOT what was agreed in the other thread, Toto, and you agreed with the OP that the bottom picture is correct. So now, I am more confused.


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    04-16-2013, 05:29 PM
I still do.. they make the airride pads that look like a pad on top of a blanket, but I've always seen blanket under pad.. --blanket on top of pad rather. (Air ride pads)

^ that is how I've always seen it done for trailriding. I didnt not say that she should show like that-- its tacky for shows but for trailriding its fine. Its easier to wash a blanket than a pad, it keeps the pad clean dry and don't slip.. that's the function.. what does a blanket on top of the pad do? Nothing-- its for show only, lol.
    04-16-2013, 05:31 PM
Back when I rode and trained multiple horses each day, I had one really nice quality saddle pad that I used on all the horses. Each horse had it's own thin/pretty pad to use underneath the good pad to absorb the sweat & dirt and keep the nice pad clean and dry. They are much easier to wash or replace than a $200 pad.

For shows, a thin/pretty pad goes on top.
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    04-16-2013, 05:47 PM
When I don't care about "pretty", I use just my 5 star. That is pretty rare tho......lol

THe trainers I know have several of the thicker pads and each horse in training has their own. My trainer uses my horses pad. The neoprene ones that one trainer has, get hosed off after each use, and hung on the stall door.

Many of my "pretty" pads are as expensive as my 5-star-I would much rather wash that, which does not need to happen often. I hang it on a tack hook after each use to dry.

I also don't like the feel of my "pretty" pads as much as my 5 star. They are so rough, and don't seem like they would absorb much, even tho they are wool.
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    04-16-2013, 06:34 PM
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I should preface this by saying I am not a Western rider but in the bottom picture you post Franknbeans not only does it look "weird" IMO to have the matching pretty pad on the bottom it also looks like it would be uncomfortable to the horse as that pad appears to be smaller than the saddle.

As an English rider who occasionally rides Western on trails, I own a couple Tacky Too pads with that funky neopreney stuff on the bottom. I brush off the top, rinse off the bottom, hang dry and store away for next time.
    04-16-2013, 06:43 PM
Pretty pad on top here. I've never seen anyone ride with the pretty blanket underneath. Lol. That just looks odd...
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