Saddle Pad Science

Do you use a therapeutic saddle blanket, pad, or insert on your horse?


Total votes cast: 608

Comments & Write-in Answers

Yes. Both a airpad system and a closed cell pad. His topline has really filled in with these two pad

4/22/2013 10:15:31 PM

I have found dense felt & a layer of real fleece to be the best trail riding pad I've ever had.

4/22/2013 9:31:57 PM

I rely on an adjustable saddle tree, Specialized Saddles and a thin wool pad.

4/22/2013 8:18:32 PM

A saddle should fit a horse correctly with out any extra aids as those.

4/22/2013 7:35:29 PM

Vary the pad/blanket with the trainee and use two flexible-tree saddles for certain back-shapes.

4/22/2013 6:50:17 PM

She likes the fluffy saddle pads but other than that just the average.

4/22/2013 3:55:41 PM

Used to use as gel pad, then finally bought a saddle that fit my horse!

4/22/2013 2:47:45 PM

my saddle was constucted by a master saddler for me and my horse. It fits us both

4/22/2013 1:36:15 PM

previous horse was happiest with gel pad

4/22/2013 1:28:33 PM

I have a saddle that "fits" us both.

4/22/2013 10:38:56 AM

thin line pad

4/22/2013 9:27:54 AM

I try (depending on the skill of saddle fitters) to ensure that the saddle fits as perfect as poss

4/22/2013 12:54:12 AM

An old injury has caused some asymmetry in the back muscles behind the withers.

4/21/2013 12:40:52 PM

Saddleright pads - spendy but worth it!

4/20/2013 6:02:47 PM

Back On Track dressage pad and "quarter sheet".

4/20/2013 12:57:55 PM

thin line

4/20/2013 12:39:03 PM

+ treeless saddle

4/20/2013 10:45:00 AM


4/20/2013 9:37:04 AM

1 inch wool pad and well fit saddle best

4/19/2013 11:15:25 PM

if i had my own horse and diddent just ride and could afford it i would.i think its benificial

4/19/2013 4:56:55 PM

pad is a gel pad with gap for high withers

4/19/2013 3:35:07 PM

I use biofit pads and Impact pads on certain horses who need it.

4/19/2013 1:30:18 PM

skito with removable pads for treeless saddle

4/18/2013 10:50:37 PM

slim line

4/18/2013 9:53:43 PM

I use a Diamond Wool English pad.

4/18/2013 9:37:19 PM

My saddle has CAIR so weight is evenly distributed

4/18/2013 8:02:17 PM

Theroflex pad with foam shims for better saddle fit

4/18/2013 7:45:19 PM

We use a therapeutic pad on one or two of our horses as the need arises.

4/18/2013 7:35:35 PM

I would if it became necessary to keep my horse comfortable.

4/18/2013 6:54:38 PM

The Thinline Saddle Fit4Life Pad for shock absorbtion with our Schleese Link II.

4/18/2013 6:35:56 PM

No--we use a comfy, cozy treeless saddle -- try one.

4/18/2013 6:20:42 PM

And a pro saddle fit. No shoes, and a mild bit. Only the best for the best.

4/18/2013 5:47:29 PM

if i had one i would use it

4/18/2013 4:38:49 PM

I use to, but have switched disciplines and have not purchased a new one.

4/18/2013 9:52:30 AM

just an excellent thick wool felt, fix the problem, don't ride the problem

4/18/2013 8:31:00 AM

if saddle fits properly you don't need a therapeutic pad or blanket

4/17/2013 12:05:44 PM

real sheepskin

4/17/2013 11:32:15 AM

I would if I felt it was needed

4/17/2013 10:54:23 AM

Not on current horse; previous horse was happier with a gel pad

4/17/2013 10:41:48 AM

Actually the saddle is " therapeutic" : a Torsion treeless saddle for a hard to fit Arabian mare.BKD

4/17/2013 9:43:15 AM

Parelli pad

4/17/2013 9:04:43 AM

I use a waffle pad under my Mini's show harness, but nothing under his CDE harness.

4/17/2013 8:10:17 AM

I find the Mattes pad that allows shims to be very helpful.

4/17/2013 7:22:21 AM

No; I use a properly fitted saddle and a not-too-thick pad. None of my horses have back soreness.

4/17/2013 7:14:00 AM

wither pad on high withered TB

4/17/2013 6:23:32 AM

Parelli saddle pad

4/17/2013 1:05:37 AM

I only use Professionals Choice HD SMX show pads, because they are beautiful but highly functional

4/17/2013 12:48:26 AM

I use a regular saddle pad to protect the saddle from the horse's sweat/oil.

4/16/2013 11:35:22 PM

supracor inserts inside sheepskin pad

4/16/2013 10:58:07 PM


4/16/2013 10:45:29 PM

Back on track saddle pas

4/16/2013 10:27:34 PM

On my harness back saddle and breast collar

4/16/2013 10:16:24 PM

I have used gel pads when forced to use the same saddle on multiple (polo) horses I exercized.

4/16/2013 10:07:34 PM

extra layers can bunch, watch your weight, opt for a correct fit sadddle

4/16/2013 9:32:40 PM

On my Icelandic

4/16/2013 8:12:14 PM

I have a well-fit saddle.

4/16/2013 6:26:43 PM

Parelli pad, inserts slip in and out quickly.

4/16/2013 6:17:44 PM

The saddle was fitted to the horse plus a 1"felt pad. Works well for use.

4/16/2013 6:01:51 PM

So far, this has not been an issue with our horses.

4/16/2013 5:55:56 PM

only need a regular thick pad

4/16/2013 5:53:55 PM

anti-slip pad under saddle as all saddles slip on round horse.

4/16/2013 5:11:50 PM

wool pads only

4/16/2013 5:05:52 PM

don't need it at this time.

4/16/2013 4:58:43 PM

lami-cell gel half pad works great

4/16/2013 4:56:33 PM

I use magnetic blanket with sore no more and a csi saddle pad when I ride.

4/16/2013 4:54:11 PM

I want my horses to be as comfortable as I can make them under saddle

4/16/2013 4:47:50 PM

We use good quality, top of the line pads and have no issues with sore spots.

4/16/2013 4:26:16 PM

my saddles are re

4/16/2013 4:16:25 PM

My horse and I both love our Parelli saddle pad. It is the ideal match with our treeless saddlle

4/16/2013 3:54:08 PM

yes - back on track saddle pad and I like it

4/16/2013 3:13:41 PM

Used a Clinton Anderson pad when I rode Western.Use a good quality pad now- I changed to dressage.

4/16/2013 2:54:01 PM

I ride an older horse and he needs a pad to level the saddle out

4/16/2013 2:32:19 PM

a properly fitted saddle shouldn't even need a blanket other than to protect the saddle

4/16/2013 12:58:56 PM

Back on Track

4/16/2013 12:24:37 PM

My Arabian has a very Thoroughbred back (high withers), use a pad w/gel inserts to fill in hollows

4/16/2013 10:22:26 AM

The saddle should fit the horse without any interface

4/16/2013 5:33:43 AM

built up, cut back

4/16/2013 3:01:08 AM

I do have a special pad for the treeless saddle I have, though

4/16/2013 2:27:16 AM

Use double saddlepad with foam insrt between layers. Aged horse's back has dropped-this protects it.

4/16/2013 1:35:22 AM


4/16/2013 12:42:54 AM

Spent a fortune on a custom saddle to avoid this.

4/16/2013 12:21:36 AM