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post #1 of 8 Old 09-22-2009, 09:31 PM Thread Starter
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Question Saddle Blanket Recommendations

I am getting my very first horse in 2 weeks and I have a question about saddle pad or blankets. First off, are pads and blankets basically the same thing?

I am going to be riding western and have a leather saddle with full quarter horse bars and my horse has fairly high withers. The saddle fits perfectly but I haven't yet bought a blanket to go underneath (have been borrowing one). Is there a certain brand that is better then others? I have seen some simple blankets that are fairly inexpensive but I'm wondering if it is enough support. Some saddle pads can get very expensive but I don't understand why and what makes them better then the cheap ones. Anyways.. Any insight would be greatly appreciated! :)
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post #2 of 8 Old 09-22-2009, 09:41 PM
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this is similar to what i use. it's wool, and has vent holes, support and has a special hole where the withers are, and if your horse has high withers, this would probbaly be a good idea.

Schneider Saddlery

this is a link to info about why wool is recommended for saddle pads.

Wool Saddle Pads, Advantages of Wool Horse Tack

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post #3 of 8 Old 09-22-2009, 09:42 PM
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Well, from what I understand (English/ex-Western rider here)...

Blankets and pads are different. A simple wool or woven Western blanket is not enough padding under your saddle. Western saddles do not have the padding an English saddle does which is why they require more for a pad. These blankets are mostly for the "pretty" factor. I would get a nice 1/2-1" wool felt pad (you can find some pretty inexpensive ones) and then a blanket of your choice to go over it to make it pretty or to match your horse's color(s). I also highly recommend the pad M2twisted suggested. Otherwise, you can get pads that look like a saddle blanket and have the padding built right in.

Anyone correct me if I am wrong. =/

Hope I helped.

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post #4 of 8 Old 09-22-2009, 09:47 PM
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i have saddle blankets as well. they're great for color and for shows (to go over a pad), and i use them when i trail ride. i have it hang over the back of my saddle a little, so my saddle bags don't rub on his sides.

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post #5 of 8 Old 09-22-2009, 09:59 PM Thread Starter
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Thankyou both a bunch! Those were great suggestions. Made my shopping trip a LOT easier! :)
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post #6 of 8 Old 09-23-2009, 07:16 AM
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I go with the pad. Blanket is way too thin. I got Reinsman pad in local TSC, it looks cool, used it for year already and very happy! :)

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post #7 of 8 Old 09-24-2009, 01:28 AM
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I am a HUGE fan of SMX Air Ride by Professional Choice, they are made with closed cell foam and I have yet to find a horse with a sore spot even from a not so well fitting saddle (except my Reno but hes another story all together, dern funky shaped back lol). SMX is more expensive but Ive been riding in them for about 3 years with the same pad for 4 hour rides a week. here is some info on them: Professional's Choice - Western
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post #8 of 8 Old 09-24-2009, 04:16 PM
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I have heard many opinions at our barn. If you have a Wool Pad, (ie Todd Slone or Impact Gel Wool Pad) do you have to have a wool blanket underneath the Wool Pad? Most everyone puts a wool blanket underneath the wool pad?? (blanket, wool pad, saddle) I dont understand why, when the Pad is Wool. Is it because the wool blanket aid in absorbing the sweat? Or because they want to keep the actual Wool Pad from being the sweat absorber? I thought the Wool Pads could go directly on the horses back and you could just use a blanket if preferred as posted earlier for a colorful look.
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