Saddle pad or saddle blanket?

       The Horse Forum > Keeping and Caring for Horses > Horse Talk

Saddle pad or saddle blanket?

This is a discussion on Saddle pad or saddle blanket? within the Horse Talk forums, part of the Keeping and Caring for Horses category
  • saddling horses blanket first or pad
  • Saddle blanket vs saddle pad

LinkBack Thread Tools
    10-13-2013, 05:21 PM
Saddle pad or saddle blanket?

What's better for a round low withered horse? A saddle pad that's made for a horse like that,..that'll fit with the saddle? Or saddle blankets? What's the proper measurement for saddle blankets that way they're not too long on the horses sides?
Posted via Mobile Device
Sponsored Links
    10-13-2013, 06:23 PM
Green Broke
It depends on what type of riding your doing.

If you're riding with a western type saddle the saddle pad is an integral part of the saddle, designed to cushion the horse's back, as there is no in built cushioning. In an english saddle the saddle blanket is just used to protect the saddle from sweat. This means it can be thin.

If you're asking should you use an actual blanket or a special built bad, well it depends. In my experience people tend to use the actual blankets over pads, like to dress up a boring western pad. This means that the shape of the pad is most important. If you're just going to use a blanket, you need to be careful that it doesn't slide, bunch or pull down on the back. I believe you just fold saddle blankets to the right side.

I'd use a pad made for riding. They're often contoured so they aid the fit of the saddle, and are less likely to slip.
    10-13-2013, 06:26 PM
Green Broke
Obviously your saddle fit is going to be the key to keep from your saddle rolling on a horse built like that.
I ride a horse that is the same, low withered and round backed, my saddle fits pretty decent so all I need is a 1/2" wool pad with a thin blanket on top of the pad. So far I haven't had any issues with my saddle rolling and he sweats evenly when I pull my saddle off.

You might have to experiment with different blanket and pad combinations.
    10-13-2013, 06:57 PM
Welcome to the forum

Nice to meet you
    10-14-2013, 01:01 AM
Green Broke
In theory, with a well fitting saddle and real sheepskin like western saddles came with back in the good ol' days, all you needed was a saddle blanket.

In actuality, a lot of saddles don't fit horses as perfect as they should and most western saddles don't have real sheepskin anymore, so pads help protect the horse.

I like to use a combination of both. It also depends on how wide the saddle is on your horse. If your saddle is really wide you can use more padding. If the saddle just fits the width of the withers with little room to spare, excess padding can make the fit worse.

Really, the higher quality the saddle and the better the fit, the less padding you need. Although some people (like rancher and ropers) pad thick anyway because roping puts a lot of pressure on the horse.

Thread Tools

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Weaver Woven Memory Foam Saddle Pad/Blanket Shoebox Tack and Equipment Classifieds 8 06-09-2012 03:32 PM
Saddle pad vs. saddle blanket ridesapaintedpony Horse Tack and Equipment 11 12-19-2010 08:26 PM
Making your own saddle pad/blanket..? soileddove Horse Tack and Equipment 0 09-02-2010 02:58 PM
Wanted: turquoise Western saddle pad/blanket *cheap* equiniphile Tack and Equipment Classifieds 3 03-07-2010 10:14 AM
Using a blanket as a saddle pad? wordstoasong Horse Tack and Equipment 3 11-22-2008 01:50 PM

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 06:33 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.5
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.6.0