The Chronicle of the Horse
MagazineNewsHorse SportsHorse CareCOTH StoreVoicesThe Chronicle UntackedDirectoriesMarketplaceDates & Results
 
Results 1 to 13 of 13
  1. #1
    Join Date
    Mar. 1, 2012
    Posts
    38

    Default Half pads

    What is the purpose of eq ring riders only riding with half pads only?
    Needs to know



  2. #2
    Join Date
    Mar. 16, 2009
    Location
    Near the cupcake shop
    Posts
    2,504

    Default

    Less bulk under the leg.



  3. #3
    Join Date
    Sep. 24, 2006
    Location
    Virginia
    Posts
    972

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Theresyoursighn View Post
    What is the purpose of eq ring riders only riding with half pads only?
    Can't say I've noticed it ONLY in the Eq ring, you'll see it in the hunters too. I don't do this because the look is incomplete to me, so I can't say for 100% sure. But I'd like to imagine the purpose revolves around saddle fit, and some saddles may require a half pad to fit comfortably. Using a half pad + fitted pad might be too much bulk, so half pad it is!



  4. #4
    Join Date
    Sep. 24, 2006
    Location
    Virginia
    Posts
    972

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by AliCat View Post
    Less bulk under the leg.
    Or that too



  5. #5
    Join Date
    Feb. 14, 2008
    Posts
    326

    Default

    I've done it in the hunters for saddle fit issues. It's especially useful in lease situations where buying a new saddle for the horse isn't an option, which might be why you're seeing it more often in the eq.



  6. #6
    Join Date
    Apr. 9, 2012
    Location
    NYC=center of the universe
    Posts
    2,037

    Default

    But this just looks wonky to me! There are nice, fitted baby pads nowadays (Fleeceworks!)! I would hate to have all that dirt on my half pad and all the sweat on the saddle!
    Born under a rock and owned by beasts!



  7. #7
    Join Date
    Jan. 23, 2000
    Location
    Virginia
    Posts
    8,085

    Default

    I do this on my big horse at shows simply because I cannot find a full pad under $200 that fits my saddle.
    ---
    They're small hearts.



  8. #8
    Join Date
    Oct. 6, 2002
    Location
    Philadelphia PA
    Posts
    16,750

    Default

    This used to be very trendy... then it kind of went away... maybe it's coming back?!
    ~Veronica
    "The Son Dee Times" "Sustained" "Somerset" "Franklin Square"
    http://photobucket.com/albums/y192/vxf111/



  9. #9
    Join Date
    Jun. 20, 2012
    Location
    The Part of TN in the Wrong Time Zone
    Posts
    2,104

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Trixie View Post
    I do this on my big horse at shows simply because I cannot find a full pad under $200 that fits my saddle.
    THIS.
    No offense, but I'm not paying 315 for a mattes pad to fit the saddle I ride in for my TB. I splurged a bought a mattes pad to fit the saddle I use on my wb/paint, but for some reason no shape wants to fit the narrow saddle I use on the tb.



  10. #10
    Join Date
    Jun. 3, 2010
    Posts
    370

    Default

    I show hunters in a half pad. The purpose is for less bulk under the leg, but I also like the look. That much less to take away from the beauty of my horse.



  11. #11
    Join Date
    Sep. 12, 2006
    Location
    Virginia
    Posts
    3,874

    Default

    I am not a fan of showing in a half pad, I'm a classic white show pad girl, but when I had to buy Mattes pads to fit DD's saddle to our pony, I only had the option at the time to buy the half pad. I am still on the hunt for an affordable full pad, but for now, I use the Mattes sheepskin half pad, with only sheepskin up front. I have another Mattes half pad that I use for schooling with no sheepskin.
    Last edited by Mayaty02; Aug. 27, 2012 at 08:53 AM.



  12. #12
    Join Date
    Jul. 19, 2003
    Location
    Middleburg, VA
    Posts
    13,436

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by ako View Post
    But this just looks wonky to me! There are nice, fitted baby pads nowadays (Fleeceworks!)! I would hate to have all that dirt on my half pad and all the sweat on the saddle!
    Well, since sheepskin has properties that are kinda voided when you put a baby pad under them, it defeats the purpose of using them against the skin. I've done either just a half pad (I'm an eventer) or the half pad UNDER the square pad for ages. God made saddle soap for a reason.

    I had planned on taking a young horse to a hunter show a couple of weeks ago. I did a test ride in someone's shaped pad and hated the feel...felt like I was miles away from him. I was going to go half pad only. Like that feel a lot more.



  13. #13
    Join Date
    Jun. 29, 2004
    Posts
    10,783

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by ako View Post
    But this just looks wonky to me! There are nice, fitted baby pads nowadays (Fleeceworks!)! I would hate to have all that dirt on my half pad and all the sweat on the saddle!
    Exactly what yellowbritches said. Its not about the look, its about the benefits to your horse by having the sheepskin directly against him. A good quality sheepskin pad like Mattes will last for years with proper care, mine still comes out of the wash looking like new and was well worth the money. And you can clean your saddle too.

    Not to mention that it feels so much nicer to me to have less bulk under your leg as well.



Similar Threads

  1. Shim-able Saddle Pads & Half-pads ?
    By ytr45 in forum Off Course
    Replies: 14
    Last Post: Nov. 6, 2011, 05:35 PM
  2. Half pads
    By nlk in forum Hunter/Jumper
    Replies: 16
    Last Post: Mar. 24, 2010, 11:01 PM
  3. half pads
    By eventingismylife in forum Eventing
    Replies: 17
    Last Post: Mar. 17, 2010, 10:23 PM
  4. Thinline saddle pads...over half pads? And more
    By TryMyRules in forum Hunter/Jumper
    Replies: 13
    Last Post: Mar. 12, 2010, 12:27 PM
  5. Half Pads/ Withers Pads for Jumpers
    By neigh.neigh in forum Hunter/Jumper
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: Feb. 8, 2010, 01:20 AM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  
randomness