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post #11 of 27 Old 11-13-2013, 12:44 AM Thread Starter
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DuckDodgers- exactly! I've gotten nice, thick pads for english for my guy but they were still cheap. He just has higher withers but has filled out around them, so there's no sharkfin anymore ;) his top line is finally filled out, so he's a completely different shape than he used to be. I just got a deal on my saddle, and I've got an old roping style pad I have had for years but I'm looking for a different style now.
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I also recommend the Diamond pads for someone on a budget. They are very nice working quality pads that have good support and last a long time.

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Haha, that's my issue. I would LOVE a 5 star pad, but they cost more than my saddle did! If I had another $100+ to spend on horse tack then my used saddle budget would have been another $100 higher... And coming from the English world of inexpensive quilted pads being more than adequate I would have said that you're nuts if you told me that I'd even be considering spending $60+ on one regular saddle pad!!
Not many English riders would scoff at spending $250 to re-flock their quality saddle with new wool, if needed. They don't think it's nuts to spend an extra hundred or so for special flocking on a new saddle, whether it be lovely wool, air panels or foam. They accept spending sometimes hundreds to have the saddle fitter out to adjust the flocking of their saddles for the perfect fit.

An english saddle pad isn't needed, it protects the saddle or the horse's back. It does near nothing for comfort, beyond wicking sweat, possibly reducing rubbing. The padding for an english panel is built in, under the trees there are panels full of wool or another sort of padding.

The western has no padding, it's just pretty much the tree. Instead, you add your own padding. The western saddle pads are not comparable to the english pads as they are an integral part of the saddle fit. They are part of the saddle. They are the equivalent of flocking.

They're certainly pricier, but they're also very important. When purchasing a saddle, I look at a saddle pad as part of the purchase, if I need one to suit that saddle. It's just part of the package. Always get the best you can afford, if in doubt go with something simple. A plain wool felt saddle pad will probably be better value than some fancy foam one with a chunk of the purchase price going towards marketing.
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Not many English riders would scoff at spending $250 to re-flock their quality saddle with new wool, if needed. They don't think it's nuts to spend an extra hundred or so for special flocking on a new saddle, whether it be lovely wool, air panels or foam. They accept spending sometimes hundreds to have the saddle fitter out to adjust the flocking of their saddles for the perfect fit.

An english saddle pad isn't needed, it protects the saddle or the horse's back. It does near nothing for comfort, beyond wicking sweat, possibly reducing rubbing. The padding for an english panel is built in, under the trees there are panels full of wool or another sort of padding.

The western has no padding, it's just pretty much the tree. Instead, you add your own padding. The western saddle pads are not comparable to the english pads as they are an integral part of the saddle fit. They are part of the saddle. They are the equivalent of flocking.

They're certainly pricier, but they're also very important. When purchasing a saddle, I look at a saddle pad as part of the purchase, if I need one to suit that saddle. It's just part of the package. Always get the best you can afford, if in doubt go with something simple. A plain wool felt saddle pad will probably be better value than some fancy foam one with a chunk of the purchase price going towards marketing.
Oh I'm well aware of the construction and purpose of flocking in an English saddle AND the purpose of English pads That doesn't mean that I HAVE the $250 to spend on the nicest of western pad though... so I'm doing my best to upgrade from the cheapo that came free with the saddle. It has a nice pattern... but that's really all it has going for it!

I understand the logic behind having a decent western pad, but I AM trying to balance with a budget for a saddle that I don't absolutely need... the Diamond wool pad that I posted seems to be the best that I can do to fit my needs for the lowest price!
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Reinsman makes a really nice wool pad we sale a lot of them never had a complaint
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Thank evrryone! I think I will end up getting the diamond or reinsman wool pad :)
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This is a helpful thread because I'm in the same boat (looking for my first western saddle). What I'd like to know is what is the difference between a pad and a saddle blanket? English riders don't use "saddle blankets." Are those just for shows and don't serve any functionality (except keeping the underside of your saddle clean)?
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Yes, blankets are thinner and are used either to keep the underside of a pad clean or over a plain pad in shows or such. It's easier to buy many different colors and patterns of blanket than pads. I have only ever personally used a blanket to keep a thick pad clean though.
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This is a helpful thread because I'm in the same boat (looking for my first western saddle). What I'd like to know is what is the difference between a pad and a saddle blanket? English riders don't use "saddle blankets." Are those just for shows and don't serve any functionality (except keeping the underside of your saddle clean)?
Unless you're buying a corrective English pad then for the most part they work the same. The materials may be of higher quality, they may have fancier designs, or a fancy name on them, but a quilted $60 English pad will function the same as a grungy one that was $20 new. Most folks can afford to spend the extra $30 on a plain quilted pad for shows, and keep the old grungy ones for schooling.

Like Sasika said in her post, there's a lot more going on in the construction in western pads. If you find a pad you like and is more comfortable for the horse that costs $100+ then buying multiples in all of the patterns that you may want for show, or even just for fun, isn't too viable. Just toss a thin blanket over your pad and you've changed the entire look of it. English folks may have 5 different pads in fun patterns and a show pad, while western folks may have one pad, 5 different blankets, and ones for show.
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Whoops, I read ski's post a little different than DD did. But we both explained basically the same thing, DD just wrote it a little better :) there are different styles, materials, patterns, etc in both English and western pads that serve all different purposes. :)
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