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Saddle Pads

English saddle pads come in many different materials, shapes and design. Some are traditional white, while others come in wild colors and patterns.

There are a few basic shapes of pads to choose from. A full pad is almost square. A shaped pad is roughly the same shape as the saddle. A half pad fits only under the upper part of the saddle, where the saddle contacts the horse's back. There are also pads that help solve minor saddle fit problems. Saddle pads are not intended to correct major saddle fit problems.

Early saddle pads or blankets were only used to keep the saddle clean, protecting it from sweat and dirt. Now saddle pads are designed to reduce shock, prevent heat build-up, and in the show ring, are an important part of correct turn-out.