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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Aug. 19, 2012

    Default Dressage saddle pad for a smallish horse?

    I'm looking for ideas for a pad to use with my dressage saddle on my appendix gelding. He's about 15.2, so he isn't THAT small, but the big white square pad that looks lovely on my big bodied 16.1 OTTB is just too much. What are your preferences for pad styles for the smaller guys, that look classy and don't give them the appearance of Shetland ponies?

    Also, I'd like to keep the price under $75 or so, which means all the fluffy sheepskin stuff is probably out of my budget, unless I hit the lottery!

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jan. 10, 2007
    too far from the barn


    I like this on my smaller guys

    You can try this, but it may not fit your saddle

    You can also go fitted

    these folks will also have smaller sizes (small or medium) and very high quality work
    OTTBs rule, but spots are good too!

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jun. 1, 2002


    I ride in a 16.5 inch dressage saddle on a 14.2 hand horse so I just use my all purpose pads. Works fine.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Sep. 24, 2010
    Area 1, Connecticut


    I know how you feel, my guy is 15.1 and we tend to have the same problem. I don't know if your pad has already has some black trim on it or anything but that made a huge difference to how the pad looked on my guy. Once I switched from the all white giant square to something with a little bit of nice black trim it kind of stopped looking like he was swimming in the pad Although as enjoytheride said, your A/P pad may work out just fine.

    Don't believe the hype.

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Mar. 18, 2012


    a poly pad type pad works, i used the dover knock-off on a small-ish 16h tb and it looked way better than a huge white square.

    also, some pads are just smaller than others- for example, this one from dover is huge, but this one is not.

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Oct. 11, 2007
    Andover, MA


    You'll have to look around a bit, but they are out there.

    Seamsright is a good option and that is what I use the most often for my little Morgan. Some of the Toklat pads are smaller, too; I have a lovely one in a fall print fabric.

    A/P pads can work great too as long as they don't go too forward in the front. I actually use a fairly square cut cream colored A/P pad for dressage...
    You have to have experiences to gain experience.

    Proudly owned by 1998 Morgan mare Mythic Feronia; G-dspeed Trump & Minnie; welcome 2014 Morgan filly MtnTop FlyWithMeJosephine

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Mar. 26, 2008


    I like the SmartPak dressage pads for my fine-boned large pony: They don't look absolutely ridonkulous on him. Centaur dressage pads tend to fit smaller too.

    Several of my pads are ones that were given to me by people who accidentally shrunk them and ended up too small for their big warmbloods
    "Last time I picked your feet, you broke my toe!"

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