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  • saddlepads

    Now that I am a real dressage rider (1/3 of the time) I have a real dressage saddle. I have a few pads from my retired horse, but he was 16.2 and current horse is 15.2.

    What kind of pads do you use on smaller horses? I'm looking for something interesting, to either school or show in.

  • #2
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    • #3
      I like pads with a 40-42" drop. 43 pushes it and 44 is too big on my slab sided TB.

      I *LOVE* the PRI pads. And the Dover dressage pads fit nicely too.


      This is a Dover pad (the one listed with cord/piping)

      PRI pad

      This is a basic Dover pad - the one that comes black with white, white with white, or white with black for like $20 I think? (gah excuse me.. this is pre weight loss!)

      So you get the idea - So if the drop is 40-42" inches (or they will say 20-21" which is just the drop from the spine of the pad to the end) - then I find that to be the perfect size for smaller barreled horses. 43" can work and 44 and bigger are just HUGE.

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      • #4
        Seams Right!! Completely worth the money, and she'll make whatever size you want. I won't ride in anything else.


        • #5
          Try to get 22 x 22 inch pads. Seems to be the right length for smaller horses and still fits my 18" saddle.

          I have this pad and its a great fit, I use a thinline pad so this baby pad works great. Its much more like a "real pad" and doesn't bunch up. VERY nice! The velcro holders for the fleeceworks pads are covered up, so they don't bother me one bit.



          • #6
            If your saddle has short flaps like mine, you can probably get away with an AP pad. I bought one by mistake and now it's my show pad. It's by Classic Equine. Union Hill also makes some smaller pads. Both of these pads were under $30.
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            • #7
              Originally posted by TheHorseProblem View Post
              If your saddle has short flaps like mine, you can probably get away with an AP pad. I bought one by mistake and now it's my show pad. It's by Classic Equine. Union Hill also makes some smaller pads. Both of these pads were under $30.
              I have used AP pads too, as long as they aren't too long (front to back) as many are 26"+ or too curved in the front---dead giveaway its an AP cut!


              • #8
                The Isabell Werth Duo pad from Weatherbeeta is very attractive and is a nice cut for a smaller horse. Great price for the amount of detail/quality of materials, too.
                Patience pays.


                • #9
                  The Lettia pads are my favorite in Dressage & AP. I also use PRIs.


                  My horse is just over 15.2h and my saddles are 17". And it looks fabulous.


                  • #10
                    I have one of these that I use on the 15.1hh appy that I am leasing:


                    It's a little pricey, but I keep mine for shows & clinics. Sometimes those big pads can dwarf a small horse, but I think this one gives a nice balanced look. Here's a photo of mine "in the wild" :

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                    • #11
                      This is all I use on my 15.2 horse, 17" saddle. It's a great pad.
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