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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jan. 23, 2013

    Question Saddle Pads and Rubbing girths

    So here's the list:
    Saddle Pads I purchased a new M. Tolouse Marielle about five months ago. I LOVE it! It is literally the only saddle that would accommodate my (apparently) freakishly long femur. The leather is soft, supple, and super grippy. My only issue is that I am significantly tall(5'10"), with really long legs, so I ride in a 18". The billets are pretty long- My horse wears a 22 or 20" girth, and they kinda rub my horse's side. How can I pad this to prevent rubbing?
    Also: My saddle leaves no border around it no matter what pad is under it, it swallows the pad whole. Should I be concerned with the saddle touching her back? Where can I get larger pads(only an inch or two more on spine, maybe three in width and 3-4 in depth. The saddle is that big.)

    Any suggestions are great, thanks so much!

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jan. 4, 2007


    For extra padding or length, we have used western pads, that come in all kinds of thickness and shapes, some square, some rounded.

    We had a very swaybacked jumper, he was born like that, we were training and showing with a regular double hospital fleece western pad, the regular English one and the English saddle on top of that and he was very sound and comfortable in that.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Mar. 24, 2004
    Pottstown, PA (East Coventry)


    I have an 18.5 in saddle and use this pad and there is plenty of room

    It has held up well.

    Also a lot of dressage pads are longer front to back. They are also longer top to bottom too which may help with the girth rubs.
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  4. #4
    Join Date
    Oct. 30, 2008


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  5. #5
    Join Date
    Mar. 23, 2006


    Ogilvy makes saddle pads that are not only beautiful quality, but also sized. My BF rides in a 18" extra forward saddle - the Ogilvy pads are the only ones which - in a size large - leave a nice border around and actually fit the saddle.

    Lovely pads.

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Apr. 2, 2009
    North Carolina


    To prevent girth rubs, put on a bit of Body Glide (on the horse, not you, ha).

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