Someone made a comment to me the other day regarding the number of saddle pads I own. When I stop to think about it, I must own at least 15 different saddle pads -- two sheepskin dressage pads (one black; one white); two white dressage show pads; my baroque pad in black and gold; three other dressage pads in varying colours; and then about six pads for my flat/jumping saddle. Yup ... that's about 15 ... for one horse ... yikes! And for most of those I even have matching polo wraps! :-0

So, what about you? If saddle pads aren't your weakness, which piece of equipment in your tack collection just seems to duplicate itself beyond your comprehension? There's probably something ... ;-)

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That is so interesting becuse I just came back from a W/E horse event and I bought a saddle pad. I already have four but this one looked really nice. I keep thinking I have to find one to fit his withers, but I think that is just an excuse. very enligthening.
If you are in the habit of using more than one pad during a ride, as I am, the one thing that will keep all of your pads and saddles clean from a sweaty horse is a tacki pad, not sure of the spelling or if I have the name right., but it is a very simple pad made of a "plastic" not sure what the material is but synthetic. It is a mesh like pad sort of like speghetti that was boiled then laid out in the shape of a pad. They are about 1/4 inch think and can be hosed down after every wearing, then drip dry in minutes. I can hear you all thinking to yourself.."eeeek plastic" but I have been using them for Oh, maybe 10 years or so. And there has never ever been a scald, wear mark, sore, rub etc etc on my horses after use, and some of the trails have been very long and hot and climbing, the whole enchilada. The sweat runs down the barrel of the horse not soaked into the second pad. The second pad that I use is a thin "memory pad" if you will, made by Tipparary, from Erin Ont I think it is. I highly recommend them if you get tired of washing saddle pads all of the time.
Now this is ENABLING !! I will have to look for one of those...which will bring my total up to...." takes shoes off again" 27 pads. and one horse. help ?
Hi, Eileen:

I've been using them for better than 10 years - they're made by Grooma and they're called AiRider pads. They come in dressage shapes and in squares, and the white ones last much longer than the black ones. My original white one is still going 12 years later.

They stay in place, provide air flow and cooling and concussion protection to the horse's back, and they're dry in 20 minutes. I love them, and have turned several clients on to them. I use only the AiRider pad - nothing else, and I've competed with them cut to the exact shape of my saddle for horses who overheat. They are brilliant in hot weather. I don't use them in the fall and spring when the horses are shedding, as once hair gets into them it doesn't really come out. They can also be washed in the washing machine with ordinary laundry soap and hot water.

I buy them on eBay, usually in lots of 6, and they don't cost more than about $25/pad that way. The white ones last for years.
Eight for one mare... although some of them I bought before I got her, so they were used on geldings and not quite pretty enough. ;) I have one shaped fleece one, a square black dressage pad, and the other six are all various color combos of the plain quilted square pads. Right now I am wishing for a ThinLine pad, but can't afford it. I also think those SmartPak SmartPink pads would look adorable with my grey mare, but she already has a pink saddle pad.

Polos are probably my other addiction. Luckily I have only bought about 3 sets, I have some friends who also have the polo addiction and we kind of rotate them out.

I am a broke college student, too, so this is all kind of at the expense of my own clothing. Whoops.
I have only got two saddle pads (just got a new one to go with the new saddle), but I seem to have 8 rugs for one horse (most of which are outdoor rugs of various different weights)... and he hates wearing rugs! Trouble is he is a funny shape - only 16hh but really wide in the shoulders, so 6ft 6in rugs are often too short and tight, but 6ft 9in can be too long in the body... so I keep buying new ones!
Oh Anni, I so get the polo thing. A matching set for each saddle pad (almost) -- the black polos go with everything so they get more use than the others ... but that just means I need to replace them more often. And, of course, it would just never do to go out for a ride mis-matched. That would totally put me off my game. Bear appreciates that I make the effort to turn him out so nattily (?). ;-)
hah i agree! I always have tons of blankets, halters, and saddle pads. Cute things like that are my weakness.
Hi there

And I thought my collection was large (or at least my parents do... :) I have 1 western pad, one fleece numnah, two black dressage pads, two royal blue jumper pads, one teal all purpose pad and one hawaiian dressage/all purpose pad.
My other not so large weakness is halters ('not so large' because they're so expensive) one really old yellow nylon halter, one not quite so old green nylon halter, one really cheap blue/black halter that my horse came with, and one braided leather halter, not to mention the one plain rope halter and the one control rope halter.

I just have to say that my obsession is HORSES!

Well I seem to only have 4 for two horses. but I also have 5 bridles, 4 halters, 4 saddles 3 complete tack box's, and 3 riding helmets...... for two horses and me!!!!! ~._=/>
hey I just remembered - I also have like 5 longe whips for one horse plus two dressage whips one stock whip and two hunter crops!
Well, I won't admit to an exact number, but one of my horses won an additional 10 saddle pads last year, and I got another for Christmas, so I don't shop much for pads!

There is an unconscionable number of rugs and sheets hanging in my barn aisle, and that's not counting the ones on shelves in the tack room, but with 6 horses turned out in groups in 5 acre paddocks the attrition rate keeps us using all of them.

I have (finally!) developed the habit of going through my tack room, trailer, and barn aisle twice per year (just like my closet) and pulling out anything which I haven't used in the past year (and am therefore unlikely to use). I donate all tack/equipment/equine and rider apparel to my local therapeutic riding group (even saddles!). They give me a taxable donation receipt for the value of the goods, the stuff is being used or is sold in their annual tack sale (either way they benefit), and it's no longer cluttering up my spaces.

Just a thought...


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