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  1. #1
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    Default Thinline saddle pads...over half pads? And more

    So the thinline pad "worth the money" thread got me set on buying one. The horse I ride is very tense and stiff through his back, short strided and has trouble reaching down and stretching his back to the bit (we're currently working with a dressage trainer to get him less tense...its a slooowww process, he's a problem child ). My saddle fits him, but not perfectly, and since I don't own this horse I really cannot spend the money to get the saddle fitted to him, especially because he's for sale and can leave at any day. But since I do ride him 4-6 days a week, so I want to make sure he's comfortable...and a thinline pad I can use on any horse I sit on.
    I plan on buying a regular, not ultra, thinline pad for him.
    I ride in a baby pad with half pad over it. Can I use the TL over the half pad, or should I dig for my normal square pads and use the TL on top of that sans half pad? I can't afford the extra $$ for the skeepskin comfort TL, although that would be ideal.
    Also, my saddle is a 17.5 Circuit XC so it has super forward flaps. The website says the regular TL half pads fit most saddles up to 17"...I'm assuming I should get the contour pad? I'm just afraid that it'll show too much under my saddle, as I do plan on showing in it. Anyone have any experience (pictures?) of the contour pad in use under a saddle?
    thanks!!



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    I show in a thinline pad under my saddle but over my standard no-frills contoured fleece pad. The thinline is white. I'll try to find a picture, but you can't see it at all, so the picture probably woudln't help you very much!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ExJumper View Post
    I show in a thinline pad under my saddle but over my standard no-frills contoured fleece pad. The thinline is white. I'll try to find a picture, but you can't see it at all, so the picture probably woudln't help you very much!!


    I thought the ultra-thinline was white, and the regular was black?

    Either way to the OP: you can get the contour pad, then cut whatever sticks out weirdly. That is what I had to do.

    I have a TC, and with one horse, I need to use the TC pad, but am trying to figure out if I can use the TC pad along with the thinline, on top? on bottom?
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    Quote Originally Posted by naters View Post
    I thought the ultra-thinline was white, and the regular was black?

    Either way to the OP: you can get the contour pad, then cut whatever sticks out weirdly. That is what I had to do.

    I have a TC, and with one horse, I need to use the TC pad, but am trying to figure out if I can use the TC pad along with the thinline, on top? on bottom?
    You are correct! I have the ultra thinline, which is white.

    However, I am almost POSITIVE that another lady at my barn has a thicker thinline that is white. Are you sure that you can't ger a regular thinline in white?
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    I would go (from bottom to top):


    -Saddle

    -Half pad

    -Thinline

    -Saddlepad or baby pad

    *Horse's back*

    I have a Thinline contour (white) and it fits my 17.5" dressage saddle (that has generous, padded gussets) just fine. I have a Mattes pad with shims that I plan on using over the ThinLine once I get my jumping saddle back. I think the effect of the ThinLine will be lost if you try and place it between your saddle and too much "padding".
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    Quote Originally Posted by ExJumper View Post
    You are correct! I have the ultra thinline, which is white.

    However, I am almost POSITIVE that another lady at my barn has a thicker thinline that is white. Are you sure that you can't ger a regular thinline in white?


    Ohhhhh, that would be nice! I have no idea though, but now that you mention it, it seems like maybe I heard that at some point, that they had come out with a regular white thinline?
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    Quote Originally Posted by WW_Queen View Post
    I would go (from bottom to top):


    -Saddle

    -Half pad

    -Thinline

    -Saddlepad or baby pad

    *Horse's back*
    This is how I do it on my pony. If you put the thinline on top of the Half pad it is really hard to get everything to lie as neatly as it should.



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    Excellent, thanks everyone!
    now the question...where to get the cheapest?! EBay doesn't have many...I think only one regular contour but it's listed as "white or black" which makes me nervous cause I definitely don't want black!!
    Anyone have links to cheap ones in online tack stores? Thanks!



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    I don't kow if it's necessarily the cheapest place to find them, but I got mine from SmartPak, and you can get both the regular and ultra in black or white from them.
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    I use the comfort for everyday, which puts the thinline part between the fleece & the saddle. I do use a regular square pad underneath to keep it clean. When I show, it is the regular shaped fleece, then the TL (not ultra, in white), then the saddle. I figure it gives a similar feeling to my comfort pad.
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    Does your saddle fit w/o the half pad? I think that's something to consider because if you need the half pad to take up room, then you'll have to get creative with adding a TL. If you're using the half pad for looks and not function and your saddle fits without it, why not skip the half pad and just go saddle pad, TL, saddle?

    FWIW, I absolutely swear by my TL. I have the newer ultra b/c I was able to pick up a demo for a steal and an ancient (think 10+ year old original). I've tried several times to ride w/o the TL and every ride horsey is stiff, high-headed, and short-strided (saddle fit is fine and I ride "lightly" in the tack even though I'm fluffy). With the TL, horsey is happy, stretchy, and ready-to-work.



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    I agree with Jen. You may want to consider using the thinline over a regular square pad unless your saddle has quite a bit of clearance on this particular horse. You may find that adding another layer (the thinline plus the half pad) between you and the horse is too much.

    I use my thinline pad over a plain square pad normally; it goes between my saddle and a regular fitted pad for showing. Works great.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ExJumper View Post
    You are correct! I have the ultra thinline, which is white.

    However, I am almost POSITIVE that another lady at my barn has a thicker thinline that is white. Are you sure that you can't ger a regular thinline in white?
    The regular Thinline pad was originally available in black only. A couple of years ago they began selling white ones also.

    According to a conversation I had with Thinline, they are meant to be cut with a utility knife, if you want to make sure the pad is not visible in the showring.

    I would eliminate the half pad and put the thinline pad between your saddle and a white square pad as Lucassb suggested.



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