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post #11 of 21 Old 01-10-2010, 09:27 PM
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Well, see what happens when you ride a while without it. Put it in your tacktrunk and save it for now.

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post #12 of 21 Old 01-10-2010, 09:28 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the advice rosie and roro!

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post #13 of 21 Old 01-10-2010, 09:30 PM
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post #14 of 21 Old 01-10-2010, 11:10 PM
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Have you tried riding in the saddle with just a baby pad underneath and then looking at the sweat or dirt pattern for hot spots? If the saddle fits correctly, you shouldn't need anything bulky underneath. As others pointed out, it defeats the point of a correctly fitting saddle.
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post #15 of 21 Old 01-11-2010, 01:30 PM Thread Starter
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Have you tried riding in the saddle with just a baby pad underneath and then looking at the sweat or dirt pattern for hot spots? If the saddle fits correctly, you shouldn't need anything bulky underneath. As others pointed out, it defeats the point of a correctly fitting saddle.
Not a baby pad, but when I first got the saddle I did ride with only a thin AP pad underneath and no half pad...and I don't believe there were hot spots, but now I'm second guessing myself LOL...and of course now with it being in the teens and twenties every day, when I do ride she doesn't get sweaty so I can't tell now until the spring I guess??

Just out of curiosity, what SHOULD the sweat marks look like if the saddle is fitting properly?

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post #16 of 21 Old 01-11-2010, 03:09 PM
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The sweat marks should be uniform from left to right in nature....what appears on the near side should appear on the far side.

Any dry patches are reason for concern.

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post #17 of 21 Old 01-11-2010, 09:06 PM
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I use a Thinline trifecta pad under my saddle for cushioning, it doesn't add any bulk but it really povides nice shock absorbancy.
I second this idea. I was using a 1/2 pad for a while just for cushioning for my horse. After advice on here, I decided to buy a ultra thinline trifecta. It works great, and i love the shock absorbency (and an added benefit is that I can defiantly do sitting trot better when using the pad).

The thinline pads to not alter saddle fit either. Here's the pad on my horse


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post #18 of 21 Old 01-11-2010, 11:53 PM Thread Starter
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Cute saddle pad!!!

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post #19 of 21 Old 01-11-2010, 11:54 PM Thread Starter
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The sweat marks should be uniform from left to right in nature....what appears on the near side should appear on the far side.

Any dry patches are reason for concern.
Thanks for the info...that's pretty much what I figured...and I've never noticed any uneven spots near compared to far side. But now I'm wondering if I ever noticed any dry spots when she got sweaty over the summer...and I can't recall...I'm just going to go back to not using the half pad again, I had no real reason to start using it in the first place, other than for extra padding "just in case". But if Sandie doesn't need it, it seems to be doing more harm than good!

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post #20 of 21 Old 01-12-2010, 12:35 AM
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I forgot to add, if the rub marks are on both sides, that's a sign on side to side movement. Try putting the saddle directly on her back with the girth attached and then see if you can rock it easily from side to side. It will move a little, but if it's really pronounced, then there's your problem. I had a similar problem that was solved by using a narrower gullet.
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