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    06-15-2010, 09:48 PM
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Foal
What is this used for?

Sorry to sound like a noob, but just wondering what is the top velcro part of the saddle pad used for?
Thanks!
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    06-15-2010, 09:54 PM
  #2
Foal
Unless I've been doing it wrong for the last ten years (quite possible! =P), each side gets hooked on the billet of the saddle to keep the pad from slipping backward. Some saddles just have pre-sewn loops that you slide on. So in the picture, you'd just unvelcro the two straps from one another, then hook each one under a billet on each side and back onto itself.
     
    06-15-2010, 10:00 PM
  #3
Foal
So I would wrap it around the billet and velcro it on each side?
     
    06-15-2010, 10:17 PM
  #4
Foal
Yep! But just in case I'm describing it the wrong way, I found a video that shows you. It's simple, but for some reason kind of hard to describe. It's at about 45-50 seconds

     
    06-15-2010, 10:26 PM
  #5
Foal
Thank you!!! I never knew what it was for so I just let it sit there
     
    06-16-2010, 07:14 AM
  #6
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Originally Posted by ThinkingOfRiding    
Thank you!!! I never knew what it was for so I just let it sit there
I actually just let it sit even though I know what's it for. My saddle doesn't slip, so I don't see the point in using them.
     
    06-16-2010, 04:22 PM
  #7
Foal
I cut them off :)
And my sheepskin pad didn't even come with one.
     
    06-16-2010, 04:25 PM
  #8
Showing
I cut mine off, too.

I do use the girth straps on either side of the pad, though. I like those.
     
    06-16-2010, 05:07 PM
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Originally Posted by shadowanne    
I cut them off :)
Hmmmm.... Never thought about it! May be I have to as well.
     
    06-16-2010, 09:03 PM
  #10
Green Broke
I use mine because in hard work, the pad will slip back. Even if you use the girth hooks. I've had pads half off right before I go into the dressage ring because I didn't use the billet straps and we had a last minute tack emergency :P So don't cut them off!
     

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