hi all -
I am having a bit of a half pad dilemma. My personal saddle is an old, old Nelson Pessoa. No stamp for tree width but it has to be at least an MW. Current lease horse is a teenaged TB, and saddle is too wide for her (and as I ride probably 90% TBs… it’s wide on a lot of horses). In a perfect world I’d get a saddle fitter to look at it, but that and buying a new saddle is not realistically in the budget right now for a horse that I won’t be riding past next May when I move back east for my clinical rotations.
Previously, I was using a Thinline Trifecta with front shims which was working “ok”. I bought an Ogilvy a few months ago (got sucked into the hype and pretty colors) thinking that maybe the wider pad would help fill in the wide saddle. It did not seem to help any more than the Thinline, which was annoying considering how much $$ I shelled out for it… plus my trainer HATES it because it’s “squishy” and it compresses and she insists it’s making the horse back sore (horse has been mildly back sore as long as I’ve known her. She’s 14 with a long back and weak topline and owners do not have the $$ for Chiro)
So, I am looking at half pads again. Must be shimmable to help fit more horses. Should I stick with the Thinline? I’m also looking at Ecogold, and they have a 30 day money back guarantee and they will send front shims for free if I buy it through their website. Also have access to very reasonably priced Fleeceworks although I would prefer synthetic since sheepskin is a pain to wash.
Basically - give me half pad suggestions for wide saddles!