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post #1 of 5 Old 12-28-2012, 05:07 PM Thread Starter
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What kind of saddle pad should i get?

I'm just starting to ride English, and I have all the tack I need. The saddle pad I have is this one:
TuffRider Basic All Purpose Pad - Horse.com

It is a great pad, a little big, and it feels thin compared to my thick western saddle pad. Someone in the reviews suggested getting a half pad, and I was wondering about those. The saddle hasn't rubbed funny on him with this pad, but I don't want him to hate having the saddle on in case it does. The pad I was looking at was this one:
Fleece Wither Pad

or this one:
Half Pad

Really they look the same to me, but I know that someone will point out something I missed.

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post #2 of 5 Old 12-28-2012, 05:24 PM
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If your saddle fits correctly, don't fuss around with pads. In english riding the pad is there to protect the saddle from hair, sweat and dirt. A correctly fitted saddle does not need a pad at all. If your saddle fits correctly and you add a half pad anyway you could end up with to much pressure on his withers and then he really won't want to wear his saddle.
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post #3 of 5 Old 12-28-2012, 06:14 PM
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ITA with Kenda. English pads aren't meant to provide padding- just to keep the saddle clean.

As for the differences between those two pads- the first one is an unbranded pad that has extra padding to life the saddle higher over the withers. The second is a brand name pad which doesn't say it has any lift so I'd expect it to be equal thickness throughout.
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Thanks for the info! I'm totally clueless about English saddles, terms, and riding in general. :P I'm going to take lessons at the start of the new year, and I'm really excited.

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post #5 of 5 Old 12-30-2012, 12:27 AM
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Again what they said, -but a saddle pad is more so that the horse doesn't get saddle sores, not just to keep the saddle clean. You can ride in just a half pad but I wouldn't suggest going with no pad- anyway back to this...don't get a half pad if your horse has been fine in a normal pad :)

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