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  1. #21
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    Seriously though, the only thing that isn't encouraged are square pads, although a white one would be preferable to colors, rainbows, unicorns! Half pads, shaped pads (of discreet color) are totally fine.
    Kate, you mean to tell me that the bright strawberry pink I got in honor of ETBW would not be acceptable?
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  2. #22
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    The pad you are describing is the ONLY pad I use now.

    It is this one:
    Engel Sheepskin Shaped/Fitted Pad:

    http://i279.photobucket.com/albums/k...j2OnrRz_12.jpg

    Here's a Mattes version - very nice:
    http://i279.photobucket.com/albums/k...tershowpad.jpg

    I only use sheepskin directly on the horses' skin. It is how it is meant to be used. But I like fitted/shaped pads but don't want full sheepskin under the saddle flap, so this one is like a combo of a sheepskin half pad AND the cotton quilted thin pad under the saddle flap.

    LOVE THEM!!!!
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    www.elainehickman.com
    **Morgans Do It All**



  3. #23
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    @ Trixie

    When it comes to expressing oneself in the huntfield, I encourage folks to do so with their underwear choices!!!
    One thing you can give and still keep is your word.



  4. #24
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fancy That View Post
    The pad you are describing is the ONLY pad I use now.

    It is this one:
    Engel Sheepskin Shaped/Fitted Pad:

    http://i279.photobucket.com/albums/k...j2OnrRz_12.jpg

    Here's a Mattes version - very nice:
    http://i279.photobucket.com/albums/k...tershowpad.jpg

    I only use sheepskin directly on the horses' skin. It is how it is meant to be used. But I like fitted/shaped pads but don't want full sheepskin under the saddle flap, so this one is like a combo of a sheepskin half pad AND the cotton quilted thin pad under the saddle flap.

    LOVE THEM!!!!
    I was looking at the Engel one (since I have an Engel half pad which I loved up until yesterday, when it started to lose its "hair" when I pulled it out of the washer!). I was considering it. Where do you get yours?? I can't remember who I bought mine from. I do wonder if it would be forward enough for my very forward saddle.

    I love all things Mattes, but the object to not spending half my pay check on this would not be met.



  5. #25
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    ...depends on the saddle. I used a half pad for a few hunts then found my horse was getting rubs at the bottom of the flap. The Stubben Seigfried has a bit of a stitched roll at the bottom that makes it stiffer than a plain flat leather flap.



  6. #26
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    Speaking of pads... which fleece pads have you found run largest? My saddle is a large 18, extra long forward flaps. Everything fits a bit short on it.



  7. #27
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    Quote Originally Posted by KateDB View Post

    When it comes to expressing oneself in the huntfield, I encourage folks to do so with their underwear choices!!!
    My favorite tie to wear for cubbing has Looney Tunes characters on it.

    I never go cubbing without Marvin Martian, Foghorn Leghorn, Bugs Bunny, Yosemite Sam.......
    Brothers and sisters, I bid you beware
    Of giving your heart to a dog to tear.
    -Rudyard Kipling



  8. #28
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    I get my Engel Sheepskin Shaped/Countoured halfpads from Horsin Around Tack. She has an ebay store:
    http://cgi.ebay.com/100-Luxurious-Me...20751805156060

    Notice this one fits saddles up to 18.75" That Large size is SUPER generous!!!!

    I have four of these pads - in different colors! LOVE THEM!!!!!

    You can see my Chocolate on Chocolate Pad (my favorite one) under my saddle in this photo with tons of room all around:
    http://i279.photobucket.com/albums/k...a/DSC01617.jpg

    You can see my other one (Natural on Black) here (tons of room around the saddle)
    http://i279.photobucket.com/albums/k...kkiJessica.jpg

    And you can see my White on White pad, here, it is TOO BIG for my 17" County saddle:
    http://i279.photobucket.com/albums/k...10723-1149.jpg

    Here's another really clear shot of the pad under my Bates (17 or 17.5", I can never remember)....plenty of "room" around the flaps. And you can see the other one in this pic, too:
    http://i699.photobucket.com/albums/v...9/IMG_4978.jpg

    I hope this helps. I LOVE THE ENGEL PADS!!!!!! Horsin' Around is soooo nice to buy from, too She has a regular store here, too:
    http://hrtack.com/English-Tack-C212901.aspx?sid=21246
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    www.elainehickman.com
    **Morgans Do It All**



  9. #29
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    Default KateDB is correct...

    ...that EITHER Master might steal him...those ARE the unfortunate consequences for showing up turned out incorrectly, you know...the Master may re- po your horse if he/ she chooses...



  10. #30
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    Default size matters

    Gypsymare: not sure about half pads, but my Fleecworks full sz. pad is HUGE...and I ordered it to fit my 17" saddle...I guess I get away with it without looking ridiculous but I feel certain George Morris would tsk- tsk me if he saw the more than 1 1/2" edge around my saddle outline...



  11. #31
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    Default Yup they're out there!

    I think it's Toklat that has sizes. I've got a coupla ones that are synthetic fleece on one side and waffling the other. Get the X large. I also bought a terrific one (unknown brand, sorry!) at Horse Country Saddlery here in Warrenton for a 19" trail saddle I have. Got my Toklat in Middleburg.
    Cashel Cushions makes pads by size too including their foams-love them!



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