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The pony I ride Flash is very very round (He has draft in him) and his saddle tends to slide around his back a lot even though the girth is really tight. I've been told getting a half pad will help with this but I thought they were for horses with more withers than my pony has (practicaly none) like TB's. I'm considering buying one but I want to know if it will help. If you think it will help can you suggest some halfpads that might work on my pony and that aren't too expensive?

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A half pad is meant to add more horse to a saddle that is too wide :) By adding a half pad to a saddle that already properly fits - you are adding pressure spots and creating issues.

It is like adding thicker socks to your shoes, that already fit. Hurts after a while right?

Does your saddle properly fit your pony? Have you had your saddle professionaly assessed by a Saddle Fitter/Maker?

You can try a Non Slip Gel Pad - but it wont work if your saddle doesn't properly fit your pony.

 

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Thanks for responding! No I haven't has his saddle properly checked but he isn't my pony I just ride him in lessons. I feel that the saddle fits and he has had it since I've known him which is like 3 years :D I think the saddlesslides sometimes because Flash is just such a fat little guy. I will be on the look out for that kind of half pad if I decide to get one.
 

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So your trainer told you to get a half pad even though it isn't your horse? Shouldn't this be the owner's responsibility.
 

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So your trainer told you to get a half pad even though it isn't your horse? Shouldn't this be the owner's responsibility.
I agree!

I think it is saddle fit - but it is hard to decipher when I am not there in person. So I am only assuming.

A regular 1/2 pad wont fix this problem "if" the saddle does fit properly.
 

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Agreed. A half pad won't do much of anything. We have a appy mare with NO withers who is very very round.She was kinda a rescue and we just ride her on trails occasionaly. My saddle fits her decently but with the no withers, fat round belly the saddle slips a little. The best thing I have found is the grip pad someone else posted and a breastplate!
 

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good advice guys! I don't think I will end up getting a half pad anyway but good to have some other peoples opinions on them in our situation. Just to clear things up it wasn't my trainer who suggested the half pad it was my cousin who also had been working around horse her whole life. I also just found out that another girl at my barn who ocasionally rides my pony does ride him in a halfpad so idk maybe I will put hers on him and give it a shot!
 

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If your saddle slides around, then it does not fit your horse. If it's not your horse, then you need to talk to your instructor about using a saddle that does fit him. If your instructor is not helpful, then I might suggest finding another instructor.

If the saddle slides around, then that usually means that the saddle is too tight at the withers. Adding another pad is not going to help. In fact, it will make it tighter, which will be more uncomfortable for your horse. Try riding without any pad at all. If that helps, then get the thinnest baby pad you can find and a Pro-Choice neoprene girth. Do not add extra pads.
 
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