The Princess and the Pea

I suspect we’ve all seen saddles like this one — perched so far above the horse’s back that you might not even know you are riding a horse. I’m sure that the rider’s intentions are good. But while they might want a pad to protect their horse’s back, too much of a good thing can […]

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What happened to saddle pads?

Back in “the old days” saddle pads were used to keep your saddle clean when you rode. As I recall, there wasn’t much choice beyond the traditional fitted pad. Probably the most you could spend was $30. Now, the choice of pads is extensive — baby pads, fitted pads, correction pads, therapeutic pads, square pads […]

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Older horses can benefit from a saddle pad that cushions

In theory a saddle that fits well shouldn’t need anything other than a thin pad to keep the panels clean. However, for an older horse, especially one that’s lost some of its natural padding, may benefit from a pad with some extra cushioning according to saddle fitter Gary Severson. That was his prescription for Fortune, […]

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