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post #1 of 10 Old 08-27-2015, 01:43 AM Thread Starter
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saddle pad or blanket

My question is i haven't rode a horse i have saddled up myself i was wondering do you use a saddle blanket and pad? if you use both what order. I was told by an old timer to put the blanket on then the pad on top of it....what are your thoughts?
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post #2 of 10 Old 08-27-2015, 02:07 AM
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It all depends on what combination is working best for horse and saddle. For me, I prefer to have a light (as in not thick) wool pad on first then the blanket because I worry about wrinkles creeping into a blanket and irritating the horse (plus my blankets are pricey and I want to keep them clean to last a long time); I've also used the same light pad under a regular pad because I liked the way everything fit together.

Whether you're using pad or blanket, I think the material should be able to absorb sweat (which is presumably why some folks put a blanket on underneath the pad) -- real wool ones are good for this.
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post #3 of 10 Old 08-27-2015, 07:27 AM
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If a saddle fits well, a good wool blanket is all that should be needed. If using both pad and blanket, I would put the blanket against the horse. My reasoning for this is: the blanket can be easily washed to keep a clean surface against the horse.

Regarding possible wrinkles in a blanket: treat the blanket the same as you would your socks inside your shoes.
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post #4 of 10 Old 08-27-2015, 04:27 PM
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We use the blanket to keep the pad clean since they are hard on the washer if they even fit depending on the size. Smooth it out and keep it thin. Far easier to wash the blanket. That would be western or using my Aussie. For the English saddle I have a very thin , quilted pad and then another thicker pad that goes between that and the horse.
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post #5 of 10 Old 08-27-2015, 04:51 PM
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On my horse, I just use a pad (or eventually a thin show blanket over a pad).

When I worked at a Girl Scout horse camp and when I helped my old BO get his dude string horses ready, we'd always put a thin wool blanket under the pad to keep the pad clean, since sometimes pads were used on multiple horses.

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post #6 of 10 Old 08-27-2015, 05:39 PM
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I use a blanket when I have a good fitting saddle and/or a lightweight one. IF the horse is okay with that. If not I use a blanket just to help give a bit more padding.

Never had an issue with using either one interchangeably or using one over the other.
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post #7 of 10 Old 08-27-2015, 06:51 PM
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I use just a wool pad.
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post #8 of 10 Old 08-27-2015, 11:23 PM
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I've used both but mostly just use a pad.
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post #9 of 10 Old 08-28-2015, 01:04 AM
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What you "should" use depends on a few variables, but for my horse and the easy riding we do in a western saddle (we do our hard work riding English) I use a 3/4" wool pad and nothing else.

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post #10 of 10 Old 08-28-2015, 08:26 AM
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I use a wool or felt pad first, then a blanket on top simply because I like to change blanket colors
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