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ArabianAllie 01-31-2012 02:53 PM

what order do you put your saddle pads on?
Ok, so I put on my dressage pad and then my half pad, but my trainer (who only comes once a month or so) insists I put the half pad on and then the saddle pad. She is always worried about the pads cutting my horses withers bc she has problems with her horse/saddle. BUT mine has never cut into him withers, and she seriously wont let me tack up the way I want to, I must do it her way. So I'm just wondering what way you put on your saddle pads. She is the only trainer I have ever had to freak out about this, or tell me I'm wrong.
Also, if I'm riding in my cc I put my saddle pad and then my riser pad if I need it.

So which way do you do it?!

FreeDestiny 01-31-2012 03:31 PM

I always put my regular saddle pad and then my half pad, I've never heard of people putting their half pad on under their regular saddle pad, I'd imagine it'd slip around under there......
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SorrelHorse 01-31-2012 03:50 PM

Same....I have a dover pad with my initials that goes on under a half pad.

ArabianAllie 01-31-2012 03:53 PM

exactly. I'm beginning to think she is crazy!

tinyliny 01-31-2012 04:10 PM

I would want the smoothest, most overall covering pad to be the one next to the horse's skin. Thus, main pad on first, then any kind of additional or modifying pad, such as half pad, riser, wither relief, or shimmed additional pad. Then saddle.

mudpie 01-31-2012 04:31 PM

Maybe you should explain to her that to prevent a saddle pad from "cutting in to a horse," you lift it in to the pommel? Doing it the other way around doesn't make any sense....

ArabianAllie 01-31-2012 04:34 PM

haha and then she also tells me to lift it into the pommel all the time. Especially when I was still riding her horses. Maybe that's just how she grew up doing it, and has a fear of me hurting my horse or somehthing, but I knew I was right. I dont know I just think it's dumb, but I really don't want to tell her she is wrong. She would probably flip.

mudpie 01-31-2012 04:38 PM

I'd be worried about hurting your horse doing it "her" way. :\ I think it's an issue you may need to discuss.

ArabianAllie 01-31-2012 04:43 PM

it makes me question her training ability. but, in the ring, she really helps, soo.... Next time, I'm just gonna be tacked up and on before she gets there.. I win.

SorrelHorse 01-31-2012 05:26 PM

^^ Haha! I used to do this to my trainer all the time. When she was helping me with reining she would get mad at me for putting on my purple barrel racing tack. She used to tell me it was all very unprofessional. So one day I got there early and decked little mare out in full on purple boots, reins, pad, breastcollar, even some tail extensions. She was shocked. xD

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