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    02-11-2013, 10:40 PM
So, that paid off!

I love my BO. I've known her for almost 20 years and we have a great working relationship.

I have been using a specific saddle pad of hers for a couple months now. Every boarder has their own tack, but there is a hitching post with piles of saddle pads on them for whoever might need one for some reason. They're the "community" saddle pads (owned by the BO) and I've been using a specific pad from it on Raina for the past couple months since it fits her and the saddle so well. Its not pretty, but it's one of those thick cutback pads that's fairly expensive. Its been there for ages and no one uses it since its old and plain and ugly.

I've been looking around for one like it but I don't trust ordering one off the internet if I can't really see/feel it to know if its exactly what I want, so I've been holding off on it.

Anyways, some of you might know that my horse blanket went missing. I had taken it to the stable when Raina was ill and left it up there. I thought I saw it on one of two horses. On closer inspection, it wasn't on the horse I had originally thought it was on. Instead, it was on a horse in the "geratric/rescue/special needs paddock". I noticed it on Saturday but didn't say or do anything since no one was around and it was obviously blanketing a horse who needed it.

Today I asked the BO if she knew where the blanket was and she looked surprised and said she had texted me to see if she could use it on Sweets. I didn't get back with her so she assumed it was alright. I had actually changed my phone number and forgot to tell her so I didn't get the text. She apologized and said she should have tried to reach me further about it. Really, I'm not upset now. Sweets was the horse I learned on when I was 10 years old. She's in her 30's now. She offered to give it back but I told her to keep it and use it for Sweets since I know she has a hard time in winter and that I wasn't upset. I was just making sure no one else had it.

So later I asked her where she had gotten the saddle pad I liked and that I was trying to find one just like it. She told me that I could have the saddle pad since I'm letting her use the blanket for Sweets. I'm SO frickin' excited. I don't think I've ever been this excited over a piece of tack, let alone an ugly gray saddle pad! I've seen pads LIKE it but nothing that's the same match since its an older model.

Really, I was alright when I found out she was using the blanket for Sweets. I would have told her to use it if I actually got the text. I'm just glad no one else had it that I didn't personally know. The fact that I got that saddle pad out of the deal has me on Cloud 9.

Its ugly so I'm now looking for a saddle blanket to cover it Stoked!
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    02-12-2013, 09:42 AM
That is awesome! I love when good karma things happen, and you didn't even look for them to happen! I am currently in the same saddle pad boat you were in, but since I don't board, I don't have a base set of pads to sample from.... which stinks, since my poor girl's pad is always slipping from under her saddle enough to annoy me by the time we are done riding... just gotta get up the non-fear-of-buying-a-crappy pad online and do it! :P Congrats on the new pad! And broken in is even better! :P
    02-12-2013, 11:01 AM
That was the main thing keeping me from buying. This one saddle pad worked perfectly and I saw others like it online but I had no idea about the texture or if it would work the way I wanted it to. The last thing I wanted to was to spend money on something, try it and have it not work. I couldn't send it back then! So I held off on it.

I had finally settled on a pad I was about to take a chance on but then she just gave me the pad. I'm thinking about giving her the blanket instead of just letting her use it. Its for the horse who taught me to begin with. She offered to wash it before she gave it back and everything.

The pad I got is older and going great and I love it.

What kind of saddle do you use?
    02-12-2013, 11:07 AM
Your pad is awesome! I have seen those, they really look neat.
I ride in an Aussie, and use a cheaper Mustang 30x32 1/2-1 inch pad. It is certainly thick enough for her, but ideally needs to be longer down her sides by a few inches, as it tends to slip side to side at the sweat flaps, and out the back of the saddle. I tried an AP English pad and a couple other thicker AP pads, and they aren't thick enough for her to keep them from slipping out. :( I am unsure if I want to buy an $$ Aussie pad from online when I can't touch it, and I see enough reviews saying they are cheaply made, or not thick enough... Part of the problem with my current pad, I think, is that it just won't give to her back shape, and lays there flat as a board, causing it to slip around. So the search continues! We are having a huge tack swap up here next month, so I think I will be scouring the place for a pad, measuring tape in hand! :)
    02-12-2013, 11:17 AM
I was about to buy one of those mustang pads! Good thing I didn't! I know they're cheap-ish and you get what you pay for but the color was right and the style was there and it seemed to be thick enough. I saw good and bad reviews on them and figured I would just take a chance (after months of contemplating). The bad part about it is that I couldn't see or touch it, I just had to go on faith that it would work. So happy I didn't go in that direction!

I would have liked a "prettier" pad but that's what saddle blankets are for :) Function always rules over attractiveness in my eye.

I haven't ridden in an auzzie saddle in years but as I remember, they are soooo comfy. I think we used a normal western pad but I can't recall the make. I love tack swaps! Theres always a great deal of whatever-you-needs. Like one big barn garage sale and everything is decently priced. Good luck with it! I hope you grab something you like and you can use!
    02-12-2013, 11:20 AM
The Mustang is a good pad, don't get me wrong- for my old Western saddle, it was fine. But the Aussie sits diff on her back, and the pad is a pain! It won't conform at all- that is way worth it in terms of costlier pads- my husband's is an American made something or other that was almost $100 on sale- it is awesome, I need to steal it one day and see how it works... hmmm how had I not thought of that before?! Lol
And I do love my Aussie! It is a bear to lug the 30 pounds up onto her back- all 14.2 hands of her, lol. But it is soooo comfy and secure :) And so pretty on her back, to boot! :P
    02-12-2013, 01:16 PM
Does it have some thick support around the withers? I needed a cutback pad that will hold my 48lb saddle off my horse's withers. That's why I was so hesitant in getting it. I wasn't sure if it was thick enough/strong enough to keep it lifted.
    02-12-2013, 02:15 PM
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That is awesome!!! The BO that's at the barn Im going back to in 2wks(long story!) is awesome too! Last time I was there, my horse was too young to ride, so she let me use two of her horses, and any and all of her tack that I wanted!

Its so nice when people help you out, and trust you! It makes drama and nonsense at the barn so much easier to deal with!

Glad you found your blanket and got that sweet looking pad! Looks really nice to be honest!
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    02-12-2013, 02:31 PM
That pad looks to be at least an inch thick. If you put a Navajo over it, won't it be so thick that your saddle will rock around?
    02-12-2013, 03:36 PM
We've had a good working relationship for many years. She started me out in riding and has boarded my horses there numerous occasions. Everytime I would board somewhere else and wasn't happy, she'd hop right into the truck and bring my horse back. Its a 45 minute drive but well worth the hike when it comes to trust.

She used to let everyone use her tack for many years until one X-mas she went away and a bunch of stuff came up missing. Now there are locks on the tackroom doors (rightfully so) but the saddle pads are for everyone. She used to have a trail riding operation so there are a lot to choose from.

Tiny, you have a good point. Its about an inch thick. Navajo blankets are pretty cheap so I won't be spending a whole lot in an expirement. If it does slip around, no big deal. I just won't use one. The only reason I'd use it is for a show, if we ever get that far :)
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