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post #1 of 13 Old 05-17-2015, 02:11 PM Thread Starter
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Thin saddle pad for western saddle

Hey everyone. I have a saddle that fits my horse PERFECTLY without a pad. Every pad I have tried just screws up the fit.

Are there any thin pads I can use with a western saddle? Can you even use a really thin pad?

Thanks! :)
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post #2 of 13 Old 05-17-2015, 02:15 PM Thread Starter
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http://www.amazon.com/Weaver-Leather.../dp/B003LVVV44

I have one just like this for my English saddle.. But can a western saddle have this thin of a pad? :))
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post #3 of 13 Old 05-17-2015, 04:13 PM
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Saddle blankets. Though normally they don't offer as much protection and can slip or bunch up. Perhaps you should rethink the fit of this saddle? :)

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post #4 of 13 Old 05-17-2015, 04:15 PM
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A pad cannot screw up the fitting of your saddle, provided the pad is even.

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That seems counter-productive.
I thought the point was having a saddle that fits so you don't use a pad to make the saddle work?

It's a custom made high end saddle that he was professionally measured for.
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I use a 1/2" pad made by 5 Star. They are very high quality soft pads that compliment a good saddle fit. They follow the contour of a horse's back and have a wither cutout.
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The pad is a brand new diamond wool pad it's really stiff and pushes the saddle up in the back.
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I use a 1/2" pad made by 5 Star. They are very high quality soft pads that compliment a good saddle fit. They follow the contour of a horse's back and have a wither cutout.
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I love the 5Stars. My instructor has them, I really can't afford a $200 pad though! Unless I find a magical $50 one for sale.

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That seems counter-productive.
I thought the point was having a saddle that fits so you don't use a pad to make the saddle work?

It's a custom made high end saddle that he was professionally measured for.
My understanding of western saddles is that they always need a pad of some kind. Western saddles lack the foam or wool stuffed panels that English saddles have, which allow them to be ridden with no pad (though more commonly they're ridden with a thin cloth pad to keep the saddle clean). If your western saddle fits well you might not need anything more than a uniformly thick 1/2" wool felt pad (I strongly prefer the ones that are contoured), but I wouldn't use it without any additional padding at all.

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The pad is a brand new diamond wool pad it's really stiff and pushes the saddle up in the back.
The saddle pad doesn't push the rear of the saddle up. The saddle may have too much "rock", or having the rigging too far forward can make it look like the rear is too high (when no one is in the saddle), but the saddle pad doesn't push the rear of the saddle up unless there is thicker padding in the rear than in the front.

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