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  1. #1
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    Default Is it totally wrong to use a black or white contour pad for LL dressage?

    I only plan to do Intro type stuff at unrec, and love my Engel sheepskin fitted pad, and horsey loves it, too! Would I look totally ridiculous though in something other than a square type pad?

    I own a black one, but was thinking about gettin a white as I figured that would look more "appropraite" Read the black dressage pad thread though, so thinking color doesn't matter!



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    Totally fine to use whatever your horse loves!
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    Fine for LL, local stuff.



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    It's a saddle pad. It's fine. ;-)



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    Personally, I hate the big square dressage pads (I like the dressage pads from Dressage Extensions, there is less BULK under your leg):

    http://www.dressageextensions.com/Pr...l.asp?KEY=2515

    for showing, though I also have a white contoured dressage pad (with Mattes half pad built in) for showing, and at home I use a nice, used, stained contoured dressage pad (with a Mattes half pad under it.)

    I have short legs and don't need any more material between myself and the horse, or between my whip and the "area behind my leg", in case the horse needs a reminder to stay in front of it.

    The dressage judge couldn't possibly care less, so whatever suits you and your horse (and floats your boat.)
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    Totally fine. My friend, who owns a very short-backed 15.2hh horse, has won the dressage phase at recognized shows wearing this fitted contour pad and an Engel sheepskin half pad over it:
    http://www.jacksmfg.com/details.asp?product_id=1063

    I am cheap and haven't invested in a fitted dressage ped, so at unrecognized shows I use JUST the half pad. Nobody seems to care. I do break out a square pad for recognized shows, albeit one that's got a very short spine length so my 15.3hh horse doesn't swim in it.
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    Yup, definitely ok! We did it at a recognized event last year looking like we were going to a hunter show. It wasn't a problem http://inlinethumb09.webshots.com/48...500x500Q85.jpg



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    Buzz was very short backed and most square dressage pads looked huge on him. He was competed by a professional at recognized events in a contoured pad in black. Whatever works best for the horse
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  9. #9
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    I wish more people would use contoured pads on short backed horses and on small horses. A standard-size pad often looks like a quarter sheet on a little horse!



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    Yup, fine and quite common over here. You can match the colour of the pad to your horse or saddle so that it blends in if you're worried about it being distracting.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Leprechaun View Post
    Fine for LL, local stuff.
    Perfectly fine for anywhere, at any level.

    Love contour pads, particularly on smaller horses. The big pads just swallow them up and look terrible IMO.
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