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101 - Saddle Pads

Western Saddle Pads

Professional Choice Pads pictures above

 

Further to our previous blog about some of the different types of western saddle available, we would now like to move on to the saddle pad.

A western saddle spreads the weight over a larger area of the horses back compared to an ‘English’ saddle but where we would use a numnah under an English saddle we use a saddle pad under a western one.

A good saddle pad, with use, will mould to the shape of your horses back, increase the comfort of weight borne and ensure that the spread of weight is maintained correctly. It will not make an ill fitting saddle fit although it could help with very minor fitting issues. Some pads are especially designed so that you can add shims that also allow you to make minor adjustments to the fit of your saddle. A shim is a smaller extra pad, often made from foam, which could be either placed in a specific pocket or attached to the pad with Velcro®. A possible reason that you would need to add shims to your pad would be a lack of muscle behind the shoulder blade. The expectation would be that the shims would be placed to imitate the desired extra muscle and raise the front of your saddle to improve comfort and fit for your horse. Great care should be taken when making a judgement as to what is a minor fitting issue and expert advice should always be sought to ensure the comfort and welfare of your horse.

A saddle pad will also protect the underneath of your saddle from dirt and sweat and will aid the longevity of your saddle. You should always ensure that your saddle pad is correctly placed on your horses back and once you have placed your saddle on top be sure to pull up the front to make sure that there is no possibility of undue pressure being loaded onto the wither area of your horse. Contoured pads are also available which, in theory, help to reduce the risk of pressure on the withers but again correct placement is important.

Saddle pads are manufactured in several materials, the most common of which are felt, neoprene, wool and fleece. In some cases a combination is used. A decorative blanket sometimes referred to as a Navajo blanket, can be placed over the top of a plain saddle pad and colours are most often chosen to compliment both the horse and your chosen show outfit if competing. In many cases saddle pads combine the decorative top layer, with a fleece or wool under layer encasing a shock absorbing filling. The best of these will be made of natural and breathable materials promoting maximum comfort for your horse.

 Author: Sandra Mitchell

Written by Theresa McCaffrey — January 25, 2015

Sovereign Quarter Horse- Open Day

Come and join us on 4th October 2015 at our open day taking place at Horse Creek Farm Arena, an indoor riding establishment in March,Cambridgeshire with cafe and indoor viewing facilities.

Watch all aspects of the various western riding disciplines and take a look at our home bred youngsters at their different stages of training.  All our horses including our stallions at stud will be on display and David Deptford, who has over 30 years experience in western riding will be on hand to offer any advice you need and answer your questions.

Browse our western store where there is a chance to see new lines from the fantastic Professional's Choice range and western fashion from Rhinestone Clothing.

For more information visit our website www.sovereignquarterhorses.com

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Western Riding Establishment Open Day

Come and join us on April 20th 2014 at our open day taking place at Horse Creek Farm Arena, an indoor riding establishment in March,Cambridgeshire with cafe and indoor viewing facilities.

Watch all aspects of the various western riding disciplines and take a look at our home bred youngsters at their different stages of training.  All our horses including our stallions at stud will be on display and David Deptford, who has over 30 years experience in western riding will be on hand to offer any advice you need and answer your questions.

Browse our western store where there is a chance to see new lines from the fantastic Professional's Choice range and western fashion from Rhinestone Clothing.

For more information visit our website www.sovereignquarterhorses.com

Preparing your horse to show in Halter

This spring David and I ran a Halter Clinic designed to help those who are planning to show their horse in Halter classes for the first time.

A key part of the clinic was how to get your horse ready and looking its absolute best for a halter class. 

In halter competitions Judges are looking solely at confirmation, you will want to make sure thatyou have prepared your horse so that all of their qualities are clear to see.  To make sure that the judge sees this your horse will need to be immaculately groomed.

I have been showing horses at halter successfully for 15 years.  I have tried various techniques to make sure the horses are show to their best advantage, here is a summary of the advice given to those attending the halter clinic.

 

There are no quick fixes here, preparing your horse to present to a judge takes work and I start a few days before the show.

 

A few days before the show:

1. A good bath. This one goes without saying!

       - While it might be tempting to let them dry in the sun, don’t! The sun can affect the colour of the coat and can make it dry fluffy, so let them dry in the shade.

       - Once they are dry use a rug that has a nylon lining this will help to shine the coat, also use a hood to keep the head and neck clean.

2. Clipping: Anywhere that your horse has some white will need clipping, this will show off the socks and any white on the face. It will also show nice crisp lines between the coloured coat and the white.
       - You’ll need to have a practice with the timing of the clipping. If your clippers give a close clip that shows the pink skin, clip a few days before so that coat grows back enough that there is no pink.
       - Whiskers need to be clipped and the ears.

3. In the run up to the show use Show Sheen on your horse to start to build up a brilliant shine, as well as grooming with a soft brush. Use a towel (tea towel is fine) with a little baby oil and polish the coat.

The night before:

1. Wash white socks and allow to dry, then pat on some cornflower and wrap the legs to keep them clean.
2. Band your horses main, this if done well will show off your horses neck line. You want the sections to be of even size and to lay against the horses neck. Halter horses are best shown with a short main.
        - If you also show you horse in Reining you will want to keep the main long. In this case you will want to make sure that it lays flat and is under control – no fly away bits.

That’s your pre-show prep completed.

Once you are at the show you will need some final touches.
1. Unwrap the legs and touch up the white with chalk.
2. Apply hoof black or clear lacquer for paints.
3. Apply Face glow around the eyes and muzzle to accentuate your horses features.
4. Once you have finished with any final brushing or wiping with tea towel apply the final show shine, I use Champion Pepi. Don’t wipe or brush this in, just let it sit and do its magic.

That’s it you are ready show – good luck!


We would love to hear any other tips you may have in the comments below.

Written by Sarah Deptford — March 23, 2014

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101 - Saddle Pads

Professional Choice Pads pictures above   Further to our previous blog about some of the different types of western saddle available, we would now like to move on to the...

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Sovereign Quarter Horse- Open Day

Come and join us on 4th October 2015 at our open day taking place at Horse Creek Farm Arena, an indoor riding establishment in March,Cambridgeshire with cafe and indoor viewing...

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