I'm going through my saddles to find the kid-sized one that will fit the horse my daughter rides the best.
The one that gives the best fit is an old spare with hard wool flocking. It's not lumpy, but it's hardened to where there really isn't any cushioning effect left. I can't afford to have it reflocked right now.
I have a really nice, cushiony, Cashel foam 1/2 pad. I think it's a little under 1/2" thick. Can I get by using that under the saddle for now? The fit of the saddle does allow room for the pad. My concern is that a good pad just can't compensate for the hard panels. My daughter weighs 65 pounds and rides no more than 1 hour at a time.
Has anyone tried doing this and ended up with a sore or angry horse as a result?