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post #1 of 14 Old 08-10-2020, 04:05 PM Thread Starter
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Saddle blanket

We are fairly new to horses and have a question about saddle blankets for western riding. Our mares are fairly straight backed and we were told that our saddle pads are too thick Causing the saddle to move around on their back and we only needed a blanket about 1/2 inch for them. The only blanket we’ve been able to find that thin are fairly long (38 inches) but we really only need one about 32-34 inches depending on which of the two horses it’s going on. Question is can we use the 38 inch blanket and fold it a few inches back and put the folded end at the withers or is this a no go? It just seems like most the weight is up there and the wool blanket seems like it wouldn’t have enough padding alone plus being too long.
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When a saddle tends to roll, it could mean that the saddle does not fit, you are riding unbalanced, girth is too loose, you have a very round, wide horse, et cetera. These things generally cannot be fixed with more or less padding.

Depending on the type of riding that you do, a thinner pad is generally a good idea. You want enough pad to, you know, pad the horse, but you do not want to be "perched" on top of the horse. If the saddle fits correctly, you do not need a thick pad. Again, it depends on what type of riding that you do. For western, I think that 1/2 inch is minimum and 1 inch is about the maximum. Those are just guidelines.

Do not fold over/double up unless you need a makeshift shim. This will only unbalance the saddle.

It is okay for the saddle pad to extend past the hip. The saddle pad is soft and flimsy. The horse will have no problem moving their hip under it.

Look for a short, round-skirted saddle pad. These tend to work with short/flat-backed horses.
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post #3 of 14 Old 08-10-2020, 06:29 PM
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pictures would truly help.
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post #4 of 14 Old 08-10-2020, 08:35 PM
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I agree. Pictures help. I haven't bought a blanket in years so don't know if sizes have changed but all of my blankets are large enough to double and still have edge showing. I'd have to unpack them to measure for size though.

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post #5 of 14 Old 08-10-2020, 09:54 PM
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The trend in some classes is the the oversized show blankets with a big drop down the sides. So a lot of the "show tops" are super sized. But they are meant to go over a work pad.

There's a difference between using a blanket and pad. Plus there are blanketed pads.
What are you using and looking at purchasing?

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True. I had forgotten about that. Show blankets go over basic pads so you can change the look. Mine though showy went under the pad to keep the pad clean or were used alone under a well fitting saddle to keep saddle clean. Like a baby pad in English disciplines.
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post #7 of 14 Old 08-12-2020, 09:53 PM Thread Starter
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Sorry for the delay. I’m having troubles add photos...?
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post #8 of 14 Old 08-12-2020, 10:02 PM Thread Starter
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post #9 of 14 Old 08-13-2020, 07:42 AM
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Length wise, I do not think it is that big of a deal.

The saddle is too far forward, though.
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post #10 of 14 Old 08-13-2020, 07:15 PM
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The blanket you have is what I mentioned before which is typically used as a topper over a pad. (Sidenote: You can use blankets under a pad or just a blanket under a well fitting saddle like qtrbel said)

I think youd be better off buying a decent quality 1/2" pad. You'll get the size you're looking for and provide a bit more shock absorption than a woven show topper (you don't need that much drop on your pads and blankets for everyday riding. That's a current show ring fad)

If you have an amount you'd like to spend, we all could make some recommendations within your price range.

By the way, cute mare.

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