Would this work as temporary half pad

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  1. Leigh_steph

    Leigh_steph Full Member

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    so I’m needing to get a half pad as my mares saddle is slightly too wide at the moment due to having no muscle after time off work, she gains it quickly though (woohoo ) but I don’t currently have a half pad or anyone to borrow one from and I want to keep riding but don’t want to ride with her saddle lifting slightly

    So would this work temporarily to help until I get the half pad ? As I already have one B554248F-1313-42D2-A673-441DA247DEB9.png
     
  2. hamerface

    hamerface Senior Member

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    It'll lift the saddle off your horses back but won't necessarily work as well as a half pad.

    Where is your half pad? What kind is it? Are you able to buy a balance altering Alf pad so you can temporarily adjust the balance of your saddle?

    I think half pads have a place but it's hard to make informed suggestions without seeing the horse.
     
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    Leigh_steph Full Member

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    I do not have one yet I am looking at the LeMieux half pads though as I have been told they are very good,

    My saddle is just lifting some at the back due to my mare having 7 months off work so now has no shoulder muscle but luckily she gains muscle fairly quick, I’ll insert a photo of what is happening (luckily I caught it on my first proper ride on her since bringing her into work again, my other rides were just walking about )

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    hamerface Senior Member

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    That's pretty substantial. I think my jaw actually dropped. I absolutely would not recommend a half pad in good conscience after seeing that photo.

    That saddle needs more changes than a half pad will give you.

    Sorry.
     
  5. Rhythm 'n Blues

    Rhythm 'n Blues Senior Member

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    As a saddle fitter I 100% agree with Hamerface. That is not solvable with a half pad, or any kind of padding.
     
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    palogal Senior Member

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    To pad that saddle enough to make it kind of work you'd be perched on top of a mountain of pads. Better to look for a saddle that fits better.
     
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