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nirvana 04-06-2010 09:50 PM

half pad
 
This might be a bit of a stupid question but...why do people only use half pads at shows instead of a full pad? Its just never made sence to me why you wouldnt use what you normaly use(full pad +half pad) at shows shows.

My Beau 04-07-2010 09:22 AM

Well alot of the half pads are sheepskin, so they want that right against the horse's back, not on top of a cotton pad. The half pad also reduces bulk under the rider's leg.

Some riders use them for the above reasons. Other than that, it's a fad right now ;)

foreignmusic 04-07-2010 12:52 PM

^ exactly : )

upnover 04-07-2010 01:44 PM

What My Beau says!

I think the half pad fad has started going out. I don't see nearly as many as I did a few years ago, but it's not at all uncommon.

nirvana 04-07-2010 04:09 PM

Ok thankyou. I still think it's silly that people don't use what's most comfortable for the horse. but Im not that intence about showing either.

kmacdougall 04-07-2010 04:44 PM

I like my half-pad, but I did buy it because it was a fad.. except now that I have it I definitely wouldn't trade it, I once rode my horse for a half hour without it, then stuck it on, just to see the difference and was pretty impressed.
But at shows I ride in both my pads :)

Alwaysbehind 04-07-2010 04:55 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by nirvana (Post 598389)
Ok thankyou. I still think it's silly that people don't use what's most comfortable for the horse. but Im not that intence about showing either.

Maybe that is what is most comfortable for the horse.

nirvana 04-07-2010 05:04 PM

^thats true but Ive seen my instructor and her daughter do this at shows. And they always use a full and most of the time half pad. I was going to ask her but I kept for getting and I wont see her for a couple of weeks. And it was starting to drive me nuts lol.

I wasnt quite sure, if it was something the judge likes to see or if it was rider preferance. Now I know!:lol:

nirvana 04-07-2010 05:06 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by kmacdougall (Post 598404)
I like my half-pad, but I did buy it because it was a fad.. except now that I have it I definitely wouldn't trade it, I once rode my horse for a half hour without it, then stuck it on, just to see the difference and was pretty impressed.
But at shows I ride in both my pads :)

Ya I luuuve my half pad. I find its more comfortable for the horse, and sometimes makes the fit of the saddle a bit better.

Delta123 04-07-2010 05:11 PM

My new half pad arrived today, its an alena sheepskin one that is brown and very soft.


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