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post #1 of 20 Old 08-20-2009, 06:55 PM Thread Starter
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Smile Looking for a western pad

Today was my 2nd time riding in a western saddle. Its a black wintec saddle. Its sooo comfy to ride in. :o) The saddle belongs to my trainer..she doesn't use it.. so she said i could use it whenever i want to.

So now that i'll be using the saddle...im going to need a saddle pad. So ive been doing some looking around and i came up with this one>> what do you guys think? Abetta Del Rio Reversable Blanket Show Saddle Pads Western HorseLoverZ.com

I won't be showing or anything..its just for playn around in. Do you think it would look okay on my white horse who is a gelding. I could attach a picture of my horse if you want to compare.. let me know..

If anybody has a teal western pad for sale...let me know.

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post #2 of 20 Old 08-20-2009, 08:01 PM
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Its beautiful, but its a blanket not a pad. I'd rather use something with some more padding on the underside.
And I like those colours for a white gelding!
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post #3 of 20 Old 08-21-2009, 04:04 PM Thread Starter
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Could you give me some websites that sell western pads for a good price. I don't want to spend alot on the saddle pad.

Can saddle blankets be used alone? or do they need some sort of padding?
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I'd go to your local TSC or other farm & garden type store and pick out a felt backed saddle pad that you like.

You can usually pick one up for around $50 or less. Some horses like the fleece backed pads.

Seems to me that I picked up a felt backed pad at Tractor Supply for about $30 on sale.

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post #5 of 20 Old 08-28-2009, 11:45 PM
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I'd definitely not recommend using a blanket and no pad.

Something like this should do the job if you're not going to be using it very often:


and you can always put a blanket over top if you want it to look nicer!
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If cost is a factor I recommend this pad. It is a cut back, so works very nicely for high withers. I have it and it is a good using pad. If the saddle fits well then this pad is good. You can always cover it with a light blanket if you need to.

This one sounds interesting, I'd love to try it out.

Here is a Navaho pattern pad with a felt back.

And you could put an inexpensive blanket over the first 2 with one of these.

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post #7 of 20 Old 08-29-2009, 06:32 PM
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Originally Posted by NyHorseGal View Post

Can saddle blankets be used alone? or do they need some sort of padding?

No, they are nothing w/o a pad basically. Saddle blankets are used/can be used as 1) a sweat soak-er upper 2) a "grip" layer 3) used to "prettify"

Hehe, sorry for the words I just made up in my list XD. But, as for saddle blankets, you will mostly see them under a saddle pad, unless you are showing. When you show, the blanket goes over the pad, and it should match your show shirt.

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post #8 of 20 Old 08-29-2009, 09:45 PM
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Really it depends on the blanket. I have a 30x60 fold over navajo blanket I have used by itself. Works fine depending on the saddle fit. I prefer a horse hair pad tho.

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post #9 of 20 Old 08-29-2009, 10:03 PM
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As long as the saddle fits VERY well (like it was custom made for that particular horse) then a pad can be used by itself for light riding. However, I like to have something no less than 3/4 inch thick. If you can't find a pad in the color that you like, you can get just a simple gray pad and put a reversible blanket like the one you posted over it to make it prettier. You can find a good wool felt pad for pretty darn cheap.

I like the colors that you picked out but pretty much anything colorful will look wonderful on a white horse.

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post #10 of 20 Old 08-29-2009, 10:04 PM
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I got Reinsman pad in my local TSC and really like it (use it for 6 months or so). I also heard very nice things about SMX pads (Professional's Choice - SMx Air Ride Saddle Pads) and really want to get one for X-mas (money-permitted).
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