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OK, (show) turnout gurus, need advice...

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  • OK, (show) turnout gurus, need advice...

    So, I am a saddle pad ho. My latest acquisitions (mr asterix couldn't figure out what to get me for Christmas; I told him he had already gotten me just what I wanted ) are some lovely wool lined dressage pads from Griffin NuuMed in the UK.

    I have one that is a very thin cotton-backed one for the horse who wants to be just a little bit big for the dressage saddle (bad pony, mom can only afford ONE dressage saddle)...and one that has shim pads and memory foam (plus the wool) for the horse who wants to change shape and be sensitive-backed.

    They both love the pads, and so do I.

    So I'd love to feed my addiction more and buy some white ones for showing...but these pads only come in shaped versions, not square versions....

    can I use a shaped dressage pad at events? Come to think of it, does it have to be white? Would be a lot easier to look sparkling clean if it wasn't white.....

    Yes, we are talking recognized events. I try and fly low on the turnout radar but I frequently get spotted by my coach (who should be busy as TD or POGJ or whatnot, but somehow manages to see me when I am the only unbraided rider in the warmup ).....
    The big man -- my lost prince

    The little brother, now my main man

  • #2
    IMHO, shaped pads are totally acceptable, very definitely. And frankly almost preferable as it doesn't detract from the horse (and it's easier to get in an effective dressage whip tap, too!!! )
    I would get a color which matches your saddle, black for black or brown for brown, then it REALLY blends in.
    One thing you can give and still keep is your word.


    • Original Poster

      thank you for feeding the addiction!!! (and, yes, the extra access to tapping is good, too!)
      The big man -- my lost prince

      The little brother, now my main man


      • #4
        asterix- you will NOT see me show the Giant Spotted Beast in white saddle pads!(just can't get the random roan with white and spots ever look clean enough next to the white ) I've used black (albeit square) pads in dressage no problem. I don't see why fitted would be any different.


        • #5
          My horse is retired, but we showed in a wool-lined Nuumed shaped black pad. I thought that it looked great, because, unlike your two, my horse is little--15.3 on a really tall day.


          • #6
            I think it would definitely be fine. I've seen people show in black or navy pads quite often. And I don't think it being shaped would be an issue either.


            • #7
              I've shown in fitted black brown and white. Just make sure they really do fit and are not all scrunched up. Have Lso shown in black square on a black bay and also did a CCI** with just a fleece keyhole because that is what fit best at that moment.


              • Original Poster

                Ahhh. You are all great enablers.

                No, they fit well, horses love them, and I am SO into the idea that
                a) I will no longer struggle with acres of white that doesn't stay totally clean and
                b) the pad will be exactly what I want, not a compromise for showing (and who needs all that extra fabric on a hot day anyway?)

                IFG, it's true, I have a lot of horse under there, but I don't know how much camo effect I was getting with the big pads anyway...maybe it'll just make my 10 m circles more impressive (setting the bar high -- right now I am impressed when they are the right size, but the judge, not so much...)

                thanks all! off to email my new best friends at NuuMed. Too bad you can't buy these in the US....
                The big man -- my lost prince

                The little brother, now my main man


                • #9
                  Originally posted by asterix View Post
                  Ahhh. You are all great enablers.

                  IFG, it's true, I have a lot of horse under there.
                  Happy to enable. On my horse, he began to disappear with the large white squares. I am sure the shaped pad will look great on the big guys as well. Good point on not having to worry about keeping large expanses of white clean.


                  • #10
                    Shaped pads are not only perfectly acceptable, but VERY attractive, IMO. I much prefer them, actually, although my really nice one is too ratty to use any more.

                    Especially on a small horse, I think the big square pads are distracting, and the swallow-tail ones . . . ugggggghhhhleeeeee!
                    Click here before you buy.


                    • #11
                      Care to share a website? I would LOVE a shaped pad on my tiny pony Would look pretty darn good I think!


                      • #12
                        I used the shaped white pad in all phases at a recognized event just because it was what I owned from years of h/j competition. Judging by our placing I don't think it was a problem

                        But a tip from the h/j world...if you like the look of a white shaped pad but you don't want to keep it clean, get a cream colored one. That way you're still traditional but your saddle pad isn't competing with the white markings on your horse.
                        The big guy: Lincoln

                        Southern Maryland Equestrian


                        • Original Poster

                          No way, I am definitely into the black pad idea. Black tack, it'll look great, and it won't show stains.
                          Might be the best thing to happen to my show routine since they got rid of the jackets/stockties for one day events...

                          My source is http://www.nuumed.com
                          I looked at my wool pads recently and realized that the Mattes pad I bought a few years ago looked twice as beat as the Nuumed pad I'd had for 10 years...and the Nuumed pads are considerably less expensive and easier to care for, and seem to do to just as nice a job with heat/moisture management and comfort for the horses.
                          The big man -- my lost prince

                          The little brother, now my main man


                          • #14
                            I've had a nuumed half pad forever and ride in it all the time and it is in absolutely great shape. If you don't want to go wool back, two options for shaped dressage pads are http://www.classicsaddlery.com/pads/dressage.htm and here:

                            OTTBs rule, but spots are good too!


                            • #15
                              I've used black pads for years. works great right now since both my horses have very little white..I have black pads that have a very small black/silver check on the piping (aka, beautiful TOTD find, couldn't resist)..I just hate white pads! Always look nice and clean..even if dirty!
                              I love my OTTB! I get my dressage test done faster!


                              • #16
                                Love nuumed and have shown in black, sounds like a win win to me haha.