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How many saddle pads do you have/ need?

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  • How many saddle pads do you have/ need?

    Just curious how many of those square saddle pads people have and how many they think they need. I am cleaning out my trailer tack room and am a little shamed by how many I have. I think I need to bring some of them to the local therapeutic riding center as a donation. So, I'm just trying to baseline. (I found two still in the bag that had never been used and my horse has basically been retired for 2 years.) I am guessing I have about 20 different colors.

  • #2
    Wow! Do you have a thing for saddle pads? I have a thing for gloves. They are in argyle, polka dots, stripes, and different odd colors. They are so cute I want them all!

    Patience and Consistency are Your Friends


    • #3
      I have many, probably 10-15 total but all White, Navy, Burgundy. I tend to trash my white dressage show pads at a surprisingly rapid rate. They become school pads and then when I have enough, a bunch go off to therapeutic riding, riding school or some such.

      I also have a gazillion pairs of gloves and 2 gazillion left gloves only. Most are black a few are navy.
      OTTBs rule, but spots are good too!


      • #4
        I've got maybe a dozen square pads? Mostly boring white. How many do I absoluely need? Maybe two. Somewhere in the middle is probably a happy medium.


        • #5
          I'm a mattes + baby pad person so I have 1 mattes pad and about 10-12 baby pads (big ones for dressage saddle, small ones for jumping). It's so nice because I can use a fresh baby pad each time i ride!
          "We can judge the heart of a man by his treatment of animals" Immanuel Kant


          • #6
            I dunno.... AP pads.. probably 15+
            Dressage pads... 10 or so...

            I do have a thing for saddle pads.

            And I've got 5 horses at the moment, and a one clients in training. And a retirement boarder that I hook up with a suitable lightweight person for hack when such a person is available. It's better for his physical health if he has a "buddy" to exercise him.

            So .. I have a lot of pads.... but they all get used.
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            • #7
              Have? way too many. I would have to go out to the barn to count but there are at least 2 big stacks.
              Need? Not nearly that many!


              • #8

                two sheepskin all purpose pads that will also work for my dressage saddle.

                1 regular AP pad

                1 dressage pad.
                (well, two, because I had one made for the 2nd horse last year.

                FIVE!! FIVE PADS AH-AH-AH-AH
                Horses are amazing athletes and make no mistake -- they are the stars of the show!


                • #9
                  Originally posted by purplnurpl View Post
                  ok, that was just too great


                  • #10
                    I have probably 20-25 between baby pads and all purpose ones. I like variety and I hate doing laundry. I can't use all of them with my current saddle due to its forward flap, so I'd say there's maybe 10 that I rotate through.

                    My trainer says you only need 3 pads--one to wear, one to wash, and a spare. Which explains why she has several Stanley trunks of them.
                    I love my Econo-Nag!


                    • #11
                      Are you counting showing pads, schooling pads, ap pads, dressage pads, trail riding pads, half pads, riser pads, or grippy pads?


                      • #12
                        Only square pads? That cuts the number down a lot, since I am fond of fitted/shaped ones.

                        I probably have 10-12 "normal" pads for schooling, maybe half of which are shaped, either jump-saddle or dressage-saddle shaped. The other half are an assortment of nondescript square ones of all sorts.

                        I have two black, trimmed dressage pads that I like for showing, and one really nice shaped sheepskin one if I'm more in the mood for that look. I have about 3 square pads that I rotate for jumping phases at shows: my blue "Save The Three Day" logo one with the smurf on it and one with my trainer's logo on it, plus a nice shaped sheepskin one.

                        Usually if I use a square pad I also use a small sheepskin half pad, too.

                        There are probably another half dozen floating around that I rarely use but can't bring myself to part with.

                        NEED? What a silly question.
                        Click here before you buy.


                        • #13
                          Oh boy! I come from h/j land & have baby pads galore. Then, I have a couple Mattes pads, a feleecworks version, and some fitted 'show' pads. Then, I started using a dressage saddle every now & then -- needed some dressage pads, of course, as well as a beatiful Champagne one too...oh, and a Back on Track pad....

                          I think when you own horses these things just accumulate...I like to use a new baby pad every ride in the summer, have skin issues with one horse, and laundry once a week is plenty!


                          • #14
                            uh.... 6. Two very old ones that are on their "last legs" (one blue, one that was once white), one black one I haven't seen (lost forever?), one black dressage one that I don't have a dressage saddle for, one sort of white one thats "okay" enough for clinics and lessons but not nice enough for shows, and one perfectly white one for shows. I really do need to pick a few more up, and perhaps permanently retire my two older ones that are starting to become threads.

                            If you count half pads, too, I have two mattes correction pads as well


                            • #15
                              Somewhere around 10-15. I like to use a new pad every ride in the summer, and hate to do laundry!!!


                              • #16
                                I love having that big stack of pads to use.

                                But, I'd love to throw in a plug to not throw out your old worn out pads and quilts. Our local animal shelters love them for their dog and cat cages. Even quite worn out they still wash up well for the strays. Maybe your local shelters could use them.


                                • #17
                                  Have? probably 15-20 that fit the forward flap jump saddle...in many many obnoxious colors, about 10-15 for dressage saddle, 2 black thinlines with sheepskin (but probably selling one; too big for saddle), a collection of various risers, gel, sheepskin, grippy and others. I definitely have a thing for pads, and I'm always on the hunt for new ones on sale. (looking into fun colored dressage pads now, since I mainly have black and white)

                                  Need? between my 3 horses, plus a few clients maybe 4 of each type would suffice for schooling plus an extra few sacred(clean) ones that hide in my trunk for shows.

                                  "A canter is a cure for every evil." - Benjamin Disraeli


                                  • #18
                                    OMG! We need to start a Saddle Pad Support Group. I stopped counting after a quick 20...but I used to ride 5 a day, too. Help. I. Can't. Stop. Buying. Saddle. Pads. Thank goodness Dover no longer has the 9.99 deal....eeek! There's a lot of us! We're sick!
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                                    • #19
                                      We have tons at work. Purple ones, navy ones, tartan ones, black ones, white ones, green ones, red ones, kersey ones, cotton ones, wool ones, burgundy ones. We have 20+, and there's only ever 4 horses in work !

                                      I have 2 white ones and a school one and a black one for schooling, and that's it.


                                      • #20
                                        I have (for schooling, not showing) maybe 6-7 for 2 horses? But some shouldn't count as a full pad--I had a lesson today and took the best 2, and even those were pretty threadbare and nasty.

                                        I hadn't even thought of donating them as kitty beds though--what a great idea! I think I've just been enabled into a few more pads.