My saddle came with a simple white pad, like this:
|Just not as nice, mine is all fleece, I think.|
And it's really thin. I was worried about using just that pad, so all I've done so far is just use it on a short 20 minute at the max ride to test the saddle fit. The saddle fit well, thankfully, I've heard horror stories on fitting English saddles but luckily Red's easy easy to fit, but I still wanted something underneath that. The people I bought it from said they typically just used a small wither pad with the saddle pad, but in my opinion, the saddle pad gave a lot of support in Red's wither area, just not enough on his whole back. She said her horse had a higher wither and Red has a flatter, wider back, so I dunno.
I ordered this pad from smartpak and all of the reviews kind of eased my mind a bit...according to everyone, but one review, the pad was cushiony and thick. I don't need super duper thick but I want some thickness with it as opposed to just a thin, quilt pad. Someone said it wasn't good for a horse who needed wither relief, but like I said, Red doesn't need anything more on his wither.
If I need to, I'll buy another halfpad or something, but I'd rather not. ;) Hopefully these two pads will work!!!
I'm still trying to find out what to do with my bridle. Right now I have a Western bridle, which is totally fine but later on I'd like to splurge on another leather nosed hackamore and a better fitting bridle. His English bridle didn't fit correctly. I may sell it and try to get some money for another "necessity" that I'd like to splurge on....
I was discussing a few possibilities to spice up Redman's life at the barn with my mom, such as getting some cavaletti's out and later on some tiny jumps. He's got the build for it, I don't necessarily want to become a jumper but I think it'll be fun to just try out and do once or twice every now and then. He's jumped a few things on the trail before so I figure, what the hay.
So, what do you guys think of the pad? Please say it looks amazing because the smartpak pad is already here...but I have to wait for Christmas to get it....perks of having a horsey mom. She buys me english tack even though she doesn't like English and thinks I'm betraying cowgirls everywhere.