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Kricket
Tenderfoot

Canada
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Posted - 02/23/2006 :  10:13:33 PM  Show Profile  Visit Kricket's Homepage Send Kricket a Private Message
Hello,

with the size of a saddle (not the seat, but the contour), what is the best size of pad to choose?

Thank you!

Stormie
Clinician

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Posted - 02/24/2006 :  12:07:22 AM  Show Profile  Visit Stormie's Homepage Send Stormie a Private Message
Depends on the saddle and the horse and what you are doing. For showing you want a blanket that is large enought to show but if you aren't showing that isn't as important. The pad has to be long enough and wide enough that it fits under the saddle and has some left over room. There is no set rule as to how much room just as long as it isn't so small that the saddle is right on the edge or over the edge. It shouldn't be so large that it takes up more space then the horse either. It shouldn't catch the hip or hang over the butt. So it needs to be a number of inches longer then the saddle but not a huge number larger.
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waddy
Tenderfoot

USA
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Posted - 02/25/2006 :  11:21:25 AM  Show Profile  Visit waddy's Homepage Send waddy a Private Message
Excellent reply by Stormie! Once again, the most important thing is to have the pad(s) a couple of inches bigger than the skirts of your saddle, all the way around. This simply acts as a buffer to keep the edges of the skirt or blanket from digging into your horse. If the edge of the pad is outside the edges of the skirt, I think you can visualize that the pressure from the edge of the skirt will be spread out over a larger area, without the hard "edge". Of course, if the pad is right at the edge of the skirt or smaller, then the entire pressure will be felt right at the edge. How much bigger? As I said, a couple inches or so, it is not crucial. Stormie gives excellent guidelines. Throw the pads on your horse, make sure the saddle is sitting inside the edges of the pad all the way round (as well as sitting in the proper place on the horse) and get out and RIDE! Enjoy your ride Tenderfoot.
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Kricket
Tenderfoot

Canada
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Posted - 02/26/2006 :  8:53:19 PM  Show Profile  Visit Kricket's Homepage Send Kricket a Private Message


Thank you for your advice.
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