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post #11 of 14 Old 11-22-2013, 06:52 PM
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The English saddles that served in India were made with the idea in mind that the sweat from the horses back custom fit the flocking to the horse. This involved about the first 20 rides, only in those days a ride was probably 8 hrs or more. After that the thin numnah was used and often had a crest denoting the military division of the British forces. It was basically a square cloth.
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Thanks, because here is a website where it gives you both options of a saddle pad and numnah.(please click on pruducts=saddles=saddle pads*/numnahs

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SHOWMASTER II OBLONG NUMNAH | Western Shoppe

Is not a numnah. And this
http://www.westernshoppe.com/10250/e...e%20cloth.aspx

is not a saddle cloth.

No wonder you're confused over there! ;)

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A saddle pad or saddlecloth is square, like the ones favoured by dressage riders.

A numnah is shaped - follows the contours of the saddle, so there is less showing on the horse.

I haven't looked at the links others have posted, but back in Blighty those are the definitions everyone I knew would use. I can't find any numnahs in the tack shops here, all they seem to sell is saddle pads.

Personally I prefer the clean lines that you get with a well fitting numnah.

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