Half pad- what the purpose? - The Horse Forum
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 5 Old 11-30-2009, 09:35 PM Thread Starter
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Va
Posts: 1,306
• Horses: 0
Half pad- what the purpose?

Can someone please tell me what the purpose of a half pad is? Any difference in a plain half pad verse something like a mattes?
horseluver250 is offline  
post #2 of 5 Old 11-30-2009, 10:17 PM
Join Date: May 2008
Location: New Zealand
Posts: 612
• Horses: 2
Halfpads have heaps of uses depending on the pad itself - some are raisers - some are meant to release pressure and others make the saddle sit flatter on the horses back

Ive been told by my saddle fitter that if your saddle fits you shouldnt have to use a half pad though = In fact it effects the fit of a correcly fitted saddle and has been known to do more harm than good - i have heard of those gel pad ones actually hurting their backs

But i really think it all depends on the thickness, currently saddle fit discipline etc... if your wanting to use one ask your saddle fitter their thoughts....

In saying that in NZ you see alot of them in the show ring without a saddle pad for looks (In fact I use one for show hunter - jumping) or combined with a normal pad - for appearence
jody111 is offline  
post #3 of 5 Old 11-30-2009, 10:27 PM
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: MD
Posts: 23,909
• Horses: 2
I completely agree with jody. When I was looking for one I was told that too much padding is not all that good (even though you'd think it should give more protection if the rider is unbalanced). I'm talking about just standard ones, not those to relieve pressure/clear withers and such. I personally prefer Thinline - it's indeed thin :) but still add some protection.

kitten_Val is offline  
post #4 of 5 Old 11-30-2009, 10:41 PM Thread Starter
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Va
Posts: 1,306
• Horses: 0
Would half pad help to give more clearance between the withers and gullet? If so, what type?
horseluver250 is offline  
post #5 of 5 Old 11-30-2009, 11:54 PM
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Brisbane, Australia
Posts: 644
• Horses: 2
Originally Posted by horseluver250 View Post
Would half pad help to give more clearance between the withers and gullet? If so, what type?
for that you could just get a foam front raiser pad.
you can get them in front, back or full rise and they're pretty cheap too.
Amir is offline  

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
stunning 7yr old half qh half arab colbyann Horses for Sale 0 04-19-2009 07:06 PM
The purpose of half chaps...... morganshow11 Horse Tack and Equipment 13 04-03-2009 01:35 PM
All purpose saddle - $75 Miss Katie Tack and Equipment Classifieds 0 07-29-2008 09:48 AM
Do whiskers serve a purpose? Jubilee Rose Horse Grooming 20 06-13-2008 12:33 PM
all-purpose vs jump mell Horse Tack and Equipment 11 03-12-2008 12:17 PM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome