Can I use this pad?
Can I use this pad with my western saddle? I know it is an english saddle pad, but I already own this and thought I'd ask before I go out and buy a western version of this pad if this will work until he builds the muscle he needs.
Wintec Comfort Saddle Pad With Lift - Statelinetack.com
I have tried SO many western saddles and none seem to fit Apollo because he is so out of shape. I finally got him to a good weight (he came to me SO skinny) and now I am trying to build his top line and shoulder muscles up, but every saddle I find does not fit him correctly since he is so narrow due to his lack of muscle...I used this pad with my english saddle on him and it did wonders. I will try to get photos of the western saddle on him tonight and post them for you to critique the fit for me. I'm just curious about this pad...
I assume you'd use that with some kind of blanket or fabric pad, right? I wonder if that would work. If the padded area is smaller than the area of the tree bars, then it might not. I just think it looks like it might be kind of odd.
why don't you just ride him English til he fills out more?
I would ride him english but our last ride he threw me and I had no way of staying in the saddle. I do not want to get on again in an english saddle and have him successfully throw me off (I have since found a trainer and she works with us 3 times a week). I have always planned on him being a trail horse and riding in a western or aussie saddle, but at the time I did not have money to buy a western saddle so I rode in my English one until I had enough money to buy one.
I will get pictures tonight so you guys can help me with the fit.
My trainer had told me to never use an English pad with a western saddle and vice versa. The pads are designed for the type of riding/saddle. English pads use the risers/half pads and thin pads where western saddles are much heavier and the trees and bars are different and require the thicker more padded pad to protect the horse's spine and withers as well as relieve pressure. Western saddles are much larger and longer and need the larger pad to protect from the horse's back and relieve pressure points. No part of the saddle should be directly on the horse's back...it should be protected by the pad.
You could always look into the cheapest version of a western pad and go with a western fleece pad and then when the time is right, get a more suitable pad.
Oh okay, sorry! Misunderstood what the OP was asking about then! Yeah, I don't see why it wouldn't work then as long as it's long enough. :-)
Here are pictures from today. What do you think about the fit?
(he's all wet from the melting snow)
You really can't tell by looking at a picture, saddle fit is something you have to feel.
Here's a good video on the subject-ignore the fact she is trying to sell a very expensive pad LOL
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