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brook

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brook says:

What is the purpose of a half pad ?

I have just been looking at numnah's and saddle pads and have often wondered why many show jumpers seem to use half pads on top of a full pad, can you just use one on it's own and when would you use one ? They look comfortable but I don't quite get what they are all about lol ! 

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Vik1

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Vik1 says:

Re: What is the purpose of a half pad ?

Oh god I read it somewhere but cant quite remember.  Think it had something to do with they help to absorb the movement so instead of solid saddle being on the horses back, its the thick pad.  They can provide protection and comfort but with no saddle flab bit, it means your legs are still in close contact with the horses sides.

Although to be quite honest, if you have a close contact saddle I really dont see the purpose in using them. i think alot of it is fashion with the showjumpers.  They also absorb sweat very well, but again if theyre on top of a saddlecloth, whats the point?

I did buy one for Velvet to try to lif her saddle off her back a bit before I got a sadder to adjust it.....oh brain wave...sell it on ebay so I can get some penies in my piggy bank

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PennyPops

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PennyPops says:

Re: What is the purpose of a half pad ?

I duno. I think they basicly are to raise the saddle and others are so they don't put so much pressure on the horses back.

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rhapsody

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rhapsody says:

Re: What is the purpose of a half pad ?

I have a couple, which we use with our showjumper.  To be fair one was given to me in a gift and is a proper sheepskin pad by Stephens with gel shock absorber pads in it and I believe set the person who gave it to me back a good £70.  The other one is a griffen numed type, which I use most often and keep the posh one for good.  They are for shock absorption really, just extra protection for the back which is important for showjumping in case there is a difficult landing and you get jolted back into the saddle with a thud.  That's what I use them for anyway!

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beckaroo

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beckaroo says:

Re: What is the purpose of a half pad ?

Half pads are not my favourite items. They alter the saddle fit - they ae thick, so they make it narrower and pad out the panels. This can be advantageous - for example, n many showjmping and eventing yards, horses share saddles, so the half pad can "make them fit". In my opinion, they are a temporary solution, NOT a an excuse for a badly fitting saddle! Fair enough if you have ten horses to accomodate, but most people don't, and if they can afford a nice fluffy sheepskin saddlepad, they could have used that money to get the saddle fitter to fit their saddle properly. Many people use them without thinking about how they ave changed or influenced the saddle fit, and once they have been washed a few times they can end up lumpy and then wreaking havoc on the horse's sensitive muscles.

 

Also, they are a fashion thing. Many pro-am and professional showjumpers and eventers use them for the aforementioned reason of having many horses to saddle in expensive tack, so people use them becuase top riders do, without understanding their purpose. My friend is an SMS saddle fitter and he hates to see anything except a thin cotton numnah to absorb the sweat between the horse's back and a well fitting saddle.

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Fenris

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Fenris says:

Re: What is the purpose of a half pad ?

 It can help stop the saddle rocking during jumping. Also, most pro riders or people who produce youngsters have one of two saddles that the rider likes, and switch them between their horses, so the half pad can help with the fit. I use one with my saddlecloth when I jump (partly to help the saddle, partly for vanity ;)) and my horse seems happy. He has skin like paper tho, so any extra padding can only help!!

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TruStar

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TruStar says:

Re: What is the purpose of a half pad ?

Just 1 year ago I bought a new saddle. I was so pleased with my Kent & Masterssaddle. After 1 year in use the wool filled pads collapsed completaly. I called someone from the saddle shop and he talked me into buying a Prolite- backriser pad, instead reflocking the saddle. It lifted the saddle at the back into the right position, but made it far to tight in the wither aera. I thought the man knew what he was talking about, belived him and bought the pad. After a week I had to call a saddlefitter ( stupid me should have done that in the first place) and he explained to me where the problem was, took the saddle with him and had to put an enormes amount of new wool in. Now it fits perfect again.So I don`t think pads are a substitute. Lucky the shop took the pad back because it was quite expensive.

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sammyseshi

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sammyseshi says:

Re: What is the purpose of a half pad ?

I haven't used a wool half pad, but on my older horse (now retired) he had muscle wastage on one side of his withers from an old back injury before i had him, littrely an inch, so (at my saddle fitters recomendation) i used a prolite front riser pad with one front pad at the side with wastage, this filled out the area and made my boy more comfortable AND saved my saddle having to be oddly stuffed on each side which would make unusable on other horses or hard to sell on. So some times using them as a subsitute isn't all that bad

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Shazzam

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Shazzam says:

Re: What is the purpose of a half pad ?

I have one for my mare as she is a bit high withered/hollow backed following having a foal.

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brook

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brook says:

Re: What is the purpose of a half pad ?

Hi everyone, thanks so much for the explainations it all makes sense now ! I agree with Beckaroo about how thick numnah's or pads can alter the fit of your saddle, I have to use a thin cotton numnah for Tenor as he's rather robust atm. A saddle fitter once told me that the numnah is there to protect the saddle not the horses back !! Makes sense really as nothing is a substitue for a well fitted saddle.  

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