I am trying to fit English tack to my TB I was given a few months ago. I purchased a square pad but was quite surprised at how this it seemed. I don?t have a whole lot of experience. It was suggested to me I get a half pad to use as some extra padding. Is that an appropriate use?
I am thinking you meant how thin
the square pad material is...a typo.
Like anything else, there is a real intended use for certain "pads" and what instead becomes a fad and how that fad can change the real use of a product.
This is true with many things "horse"... the true use of a product, why it was designed or intended to be used can be changed or dictated by fad.
So, I am thinking you bought something along the lines of what I would call a baby pad which is a single layer thin "pad". Something like this... https://www.statelinetack.com/item/baby-pads-3-pack/SLT901790/
If so, these were designed to be used alone as a underlayment. Either under a expensive pad to keep it clean or actually under a well fitting saddle that technically if the saddle fits correctly no "pad" needs to be used at all.
A saddle pad though can come in many different thicknesses to accommodate the fit of saddle and horse to better achieve better protection of the horses back on a not so good fit.
Pads such as....
Each pad is
slightly different in construction and materials used and actually has a specific purpose to why it would be chosen.
Fitting and purchasing tack of all kinds is no different than purchasing a pair of shoes for other sports.
You don't run a marathon in ballet shoes, nor play tennis in baseball cleats.
You do ballet in ballet slippers, play tennis in a tennis shoe and baseball in cleats so you have the best support to reduce chances of injury.
Today, many truly don't know there is a difference or why. Items are bought without knowing why it is advantageous to the horse or rider or a detriment...
Today fad has a lot to do with why something is bought or used...keeping up with the others.
That is not always in the horses best interest....
Eh...I am old-school horse-educated. Improved is not
always what it seems and then sometimes new & improved is fantastic...the difference is you need to know what it is you want the item to truly accomplish and why.
This is true with everything from the training methods and fads with those following this person or that...
Using this bit made by this company or that, riding helmets, saddle pads of this type or that, the list is endless and misses few items.
Before letting someone separate you from your hard-earned $, make sure you understand what it is you first off need, then search for the product that fills that need specific.
A very thin pad is really only intended to keep your saddle underside or expensive pad cleaner.
Adding a half-pad to that....what kind of half pad is it
and what does it do to the fit of that particular saddle for every item you put between horse and saddle reduces feel, sensitivity and communication.
Make sure what it is you want and need to accomplish is what this pad or any pad will do...make this be job specific.
Sorry,I went off ranting not aimed at you hunter. :redface:
It just slipped out at the wrong time..